“Grand Cru Classé”
Marquis De Calon
“Grand Cru Classé”
Historic records show the estate was in existence as far back as 1147, when it was owned by Monseigneur de Calon. He was an important Bishop in the community. Eventually the Medoc property came to be owned by Nicolas Alexandre de Segur. Which as you can see is there the name, Calon-Segur comes from. After passing through generations, the estate became the property of the famous Marquis de Segur. De Segur is an important figure in Bordeaux history, not only for his ownership of the so many of the the top Bordeaux estates of the day, (he owned Lafite and Latour) but de Segur is credited with uttering the words that spawned the idea behind the heart shaped logo of Calon-Segur. Legend has it, de Segur is quoted as saying: “I make my wine at Lafite and Latour, but my heart is in Calon.” That famous saying lives forever on the label of Château Calon-Segur, where the drawing of a heart is prominently featured on the estates logo.
The large, 55 hectare St. Estephe Bordeaux vineyard of Calon-Segur is one of the few walled in vineyards in the Left Bank as well as that of the entire Bordeaux appellation. The vineyard is situated in the northern most part of the St. Estephe appellation. The vineyard is planted to 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, on average, the vines are 35 years of age. It is the stated desire of Calon-Segur to increase the amount of Cabernet Sauvignon vines at the estate. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 10,000 vines per hectare. The soils are a mix of gravel, clay and sand. Vinification takes place in large, temperature controlled, stainless steel vats. The wine is aged in up to 50% new, French oak barrels for an average for 18 months. Production of Château Calon-Segur is on average, close to 20,000 cases per year. There is a second wine, Marquis de Calon. The owners also control a cru bourgeois property, Château Capbern Gasqueton.