Located in the commune of Saint-Estèphe, on the left bank of the Gironde, Château Calon Ségur is renowned for its unique terroir and the exceptional quality of its red wines. Founded by the MarquisdeSégur, the estate has remained in the hands of the same family for more than a century and has become a benchmark in producing superior-quality wine. With its commitment to sustainability and environmental protection, Château Calon Ségur is a successful example of combining tradition, excellence and responsibility.
the technical sheet of CHâteau Calon Ségur
OWNER: Suravenir Assurances
MANAGINGDIRECTOR: Vincent Millet
CHAIRMAN: Philippe Curaudeau
OENOLOGIST: Eric Boissenot
VINEYARDAREA: 55 ha
AVERAGEAGEOFVINES: 20 years
SOILS: Gravel and clay
GRAPEVARIETIES: Cabernet-Sauvignon (60%), Merlot (31%), Cabernet franc (7%), Petit Verdot (2%),
HARVESTING : By hand
VINIFICATION : Stainless steel tanks
AGEING : 18 to 24 months in traditional French oak barrels
THE HISTORY OF château Calon Ségur
Château Calon Ségur dates back to medieval times when the estate was owned by the abbey of Saint-Estèphe. In the 13th century, the estate was acquired by the Lord of Calon, who gave his name to the estate. Over the centuries, the estate changed hands several times.
In the 18th century, Chateau Calon Segur was purchased by Nicolas-Alexandre de Segur, owner of several other prestigious wineries in the region, such as Chateau Lafite and Chateau Latour. He then renamed the estate Calon Segur, in honour of his love for the land of Calon. The motto "I am a prince, I am a pauper, I am a winemaker" was coined by the Marquis to reflect his love for wine and his humility as a winemaker.
In the 19th century, the Gasqueton family purchased the estate, and continued to produce quality wine. During World War II, the estate was occupied by German troops but was liberated in 1945.
In 2012, Chateau Calon Segur was purchased by the Capbern-Gasqueton family, who had already gained significant experience in the wine world through their Chateau Capbern property in Saint-Estèphe. Since then, the family has continued to produce wine of exceptional quality using traditional methods combined with modern viticulture techniques.
Today, Chateau Calon Segur is considered one of the finest wines in Bordeaux, with an international reputation. The estate produces about 120,000 bottles of red wine per year, mainly from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The grapes are harvested by hand and carefully sorted to ensure optimal quality.
Over the centuries, Chateau Calon Segur has earned a reputation for quality and excellence, and this tradition continues today. The wine is known for its complexity, balance and ability to age for decades. The estate is considered a jewel of the Bordeaux region, and a visit to the estate is a must for any wine lover.
Château Calon Ségur, the property
The vineyard covers about 55 hectares, of which 45 hectares are planted with red vines. The vines are grown on a unique terroir that can reach 13 meters in altitude but with neat relief. The soils are composed of gravel and clay, which provide excellent drainage and water retention for the roots of the vines. It is also this combination of soils that offers the power and finesse of Calon Ségur wines.
The oceanicclimate of the region is moderated by the influences of the sea and the cool winds coming from the Atlantic. This maintains an average annual temperature of about 13°C, which is favourable to the growth of the vines. Rainfall is well distributed throughout the year, with an annual average of about 800 millimetres.
The grape varieties used for the production of red wine are mainly CabernetSauvignon, Merlot and CabernetFranc. Cabernet Sauvignon, which represents about 60% of the vineyard, is grown on the higher slopes of the vineyard, where the soil is poorer and the growing conditions are more difficult. Merlot is grown on the richest and most fertile soils, while Cabernet Franc is planted on the deepest clay soils.
I make wine in Lafite and Latour, but my heart is in Calon
MARQUIS DE SÉGUR
CHÂTEAU CALON SÉGUR'S COMMITMENT TO ENVIRONMENT
Château Calon Segur is committed to environmentalprotection and sustainability. The owners of the château have taken steps to minimize their environmental impact and protect natural resources. The estate practices sustainableagriculture using environmentallyfriendlygrowingmethods. They use only natural fertilizers and avoid the use of chemicals whenever possible.
Two agriculturalengineers are dedicated to the environmentalmanagementsystem and precisionviticulture, thus reducing the impact on the environment. This includes optimizing water and energy resources, waste management, improving working conditions and protecting the health of employees. Precision viticulture involves the use of new mapping and imaging tools to collect data to adjust the care given to each vine.
All of these actions allowed Château Calon Ségur to be awarded Iso14001 and HV3 (High Environmental Value) certification in 2017.
the know-how of château Calon Ségur
The know-how of Château Calon Ségur is the result of a long viticultural tradition and the experience of several generations of winemakers. The viticulture and vinification methods are based on traditional techniques that have been refined and improved over the years to produce wines of exceptional quality.
The vines are carefully cultivated with vineyard management techniques that maximize grape quality while preserving the environment. The vines are hand-pruned to control grape growth and production, and yields are kept low to concentrate the flavours and aromas in the grapes.
The grapes are harvested by hand, carefully sorted to eliminate damaged or unripe berries, and then vinified using traditional techniques. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks, and the wines are aged in French oak barrels for 18 to 24 months.
During ageing, the winemakers conduct regular tastings to assess the quality and character of the wine. Barrels are selected based on the quality and expression of the wines and then blended to create the final wine.
the cuvées of château Calon Ségur
Château Calon Ségur produces mainly two red wines: Château Calon Ségur and Marquis de Calon.
The cuvée Château Calon Ségur is the main wine of the estate and is considered one of the references of the Saint-Estèphe appellation. It is produced from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes, which are grown on the unique terroir of Château Calon Ségur.
The Marquis de Calon Segur is the second wine of the estate, which also comes from the estate's vineyards. This wine is produced from Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and has a more accessible approach than the main cuvée.