This third-growth property occupies a prime position in the north-east of Saint-Estèphe, making it the northernmost of all the Médoc grands crus classés. Its long history includes a period under the same ownership as Lafite and Latour, courtesy of 17th-century wine magnate Nicolas de Ségur who, despite owning two first-growth estates always claimed that his heart belonged to Calon. A heart remains on the wine's label to this day around the château’s and continues to spark the interest of our Welsh-speaking members for whom calon segur means ‘idle heart’.
For the past century the estate has been owned by the Gasqueton family who made great strides in the latter part of the 20th century to take things up a notch here.
The 74 hectares of vineyards are found to the north of the village of Saint-Estèphe itself. They are planted predominantly with cabernet sauvignon, around 20% merlot, 15% cabernet franc and a tiny amount of petit verdot. A gradual increase in plantings of cabernet sauvignon is not unsurprising given that the terroir here is particularly suited to this variety. More cabernet in the blend has also led to a greater proportion of new oak being used and a longer period of maturation (up to 18 months).The wines are bottled fined but not filtered.
The wines can be austere when young, but their staying-power is beyond doubt. The incumbent technical director, Vincent Millet who was at Château Margaux for 8 years, hopes to dispel the reputation of Saint-Estèphe wines for biting tannins by making more harmonious wines. Since his arrival in 2006, there has been a noticeable increase in complexity, and a noticeably softer, more velvety texture tempers the characeristic Calon depth and structure.
The grand vin Château Calon-Ségur accounts for about 60% of production. The second and third wines are Marquis de Calon and La Chapelle de Calon respectively.