Château Calon Ségur, 3ème Cru Classé, St Estèphe, 2003

  Château Calon Ségur

Madame Capbern is more than happy with her 2003, having never seen Cabernets of such quality. Calon-Ségur has gravel over clay - identical to those of Châteaux Latour and Margaux - and all three wines would figure in our “must-have” selection for 2003. The wine has a fruit-driven, rich, dark, damson/cassis fruit aroma. On the palate it is voluptuous and mouth filling, concentrated, with well-rounded, silky, ripe tannins, and cool and classy on the finish. A good deal more restrained and complex than much of the appellation. Yields were “modeste”, and the final assemblage is a blend of 50-60% Cabernet Sauvignon/ 30-40% Merlot/ and the rest Petit Verdot aged in 50% new oak.

Contains Sulphites.

About Château Calon Ségur

This is the most northerly of all the wines classified in 1855. The estate is steeped in history, once forming part of the Segur estate which incorporated Phelan Segur as well as Lafite, Latour and Mouton. The Marquis de Segur famously declared that ‘I make my wine at Lafite and Latour but my heart is in Calon’. This presumably explains the proliferation of hearts at the estate and on the label.

More recently, following her husband’s death in 1995, Denise Capbern Gasqueton has managed the estate. Her wines are classical, true to their terroir and have found much admiration from collectors and drinkers. Madame Capbern Gasqueton passed away in 2011 and the estate has been sold to the French Insurance company Suravenir. A new chapter starts...

Appellation: St Estèphe

A part of St-Estèphe is separated from Pauillac's Lafite only by a stream.Though St-Estèphe contains some gravel, it is largely renowned for the high clay content of its soils compared with other vineyards on the left bank. These wetter cooler soils favour the Merlot, hence the relatively large proportion of plantings compared neighbouring communes, though Cabernet Sauvignon dominates. The cool soils means the grapes are later ripeing and tend to have high acidities, archetypal St Estèphe is a strong-willed, tannic structured wine to be laid down. The stars of St-Estèphe are Montrose, Cos d’Estournel and Calon-Segur, whilst Haut Marbuzet and Lafon Rochet have been producing excellent value wines over the last few years.