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Chateau Calon Segur

Ranked as a 3rd growth in the 1855 classification of the Left Bank Château Calon-Ségur is the most northerly of all the Médoc Grand Cru Classés, lying just north of the village of St-Estèphe. Records show that as far back as 1147 the estate was owned by Bishop Monseigneur de Calon, and it is therefore a contender for the oldest property in St-Estèphe. Along the way it came under the ownership of the Marquis Nicholas-Alexandre de Ségur, and was part of the huge Ségur estate which included Lafite, Latour and Mouton. He was known as“The Prince of Vines”, and his wines had an enviable reputation; they were appreciated at Versailles, and all the courts of Europe. Calon-Ségur is known as the wine with the heart on its label due to the Marquis' impassioned declaration “I make wine at Lafite and Latour, but my heart belongs to Calon”! Their second wine, Marquis de Calon, pays homage to this romantic character. The Gasqueton family acquired the estate at the turn of the 20th century, and it remained in the family until 2012, when it was sold to the French insurer Suravenir Assurances, with JP Moueix taking a minority stake. The deal, equivalent to around 2 million euros per hectare, broke all previous Bordeaux records! The 55 hectare vineyard is in one plot [unique in the Médoc], and partially enclosed by a wall, planted with 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot on gravel that is up to 5 metres deep on soils mixed with sand and clay. The wines are aged for 18 months in oak, 40% new. The Calon-Segur style is traditional, powerful richly concentrated, meaty wines with superb depth of fruit and excellent length.