Le Marquis de Calon Ségur, St Estephe, Bordeaux, 2018
Perhaps because it is one of the oldest estates in the Médoc, or perhaps because its most emblematic owner, the Marquis de Ségur, built an absolute legend around Calon. Historians date the origins of Calon back to the Gallo-Roman era. Its name comes from “calones”, which referred to small crafts navigating on the Gironde’s estuary. While wine production can be traced back to the 12th century, it was in the 18th century, with the Marquis Nicolas-Alexandre de Ségur, also owner of Latour, Lafite and Mouton, that the finest chapter of the property’s history was written.
The estate’s Second Wine offers a different interpretation of the Calon terroir. With an average of 75% Merlot in the blend, Le Marquis de Calon Ségur is totally distinct from the First Wine. “It benefits from a true expression of its own”, underlines Vincent Millet. “The plots are separated out from the beginning.” Le Marquis de Calon Ségur provides immediate enjoyment, warmth and a velvety texture. It is carefully aged generally for 17 months in oak barrels, a third of which are new. Deliciously easy-drinking, silky and expressive, its charm comes to the fore, while at the same time bringing to our minds the elegance of the Grand Vin.
55 hectares under vine. A thick layer of gravel laid down during the Quaternary Period. Predominantly clay sub-soil. Hand picked. A first selection of grapes on the vine. Mechanical sorting of the grapes by vibration, followed by hand sorting. Temperature-controlled conical stainless-steel tanks. Maceration for 18 to 21 days. 17 months, 30% new barrels.
Drink 2024 - 2040
Wine Advocate 92-94 / 100
James Suckling 92 / 100
Wine Enthusiast 93 / 100
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