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The History and Significance of Calon Ségur Wines

As one approaches the magnificent château of Calon Ségur, their attention is immediately drawn to the vineyard enclosure. The stone walls gracefully follow the contours of the land, stretching over a quarter of a mile. These walls not only protect the estate's legendary discretion but also preserve the eternal atmosphere that seems to reign within.

The vineyard, nourished by the serene waters of the Gironde estuary from the north, is situated adjacent to the village of Saint-Estèphe. It spans an impressive fifty-five hectares (136 acres) in a single contiguous block. Unchanged since 1855, when the official classification of Bordeaux wines was established at the Paris Universal Exhibition, Calon Ségur stands as a testament to history's profound reverence for this exceptional estate.

A Timeless Elegance

On either side of the main drive, meticulously planted rows of vines demonstrate the vine growers' precision, extending with a touch of grandeur reminiscent of a French formal garden. The château, buildings, and terraces adhere to a classical design that has weathered time with remarkable grace. Their understated refinement and elegance captivate all who behold them.

A Legacy of Greatness

Boasting a legacy dating back to the 12th century, Calon Ségur takes pride in its lineage of illustrious owners. Among them, Nicolas-Alexandre Marquis de Ségur, dubbed the Prince of Vines by Louis XV, held a profound influence on the estate. His association with Calon Ségur forever intertwined it with its appellation and placed it among the exclusive wine estates of unparalleled distinction.

Such a heritage commands the utmost respect. In 2013, after acquiring the property, the new owners, in collaboration with the Videlot group, embarked on a series of investments aimed at enhancing the estate's exceptional potential. These endeavours were undertaken with the utmost humility, treasuring the place's essence of discretion and rich history.

A Commitment to Excellence

With an unwavering commitment to preserving Calon Ségur's reputation, the estate assembled a team of top consultants and skilled professionals. These individuals, renowned for their expertise and uncompromising standards, were immediately captivated by the project and enthralled by the unique, timeless allure of the property.

A modern wine production facility and viticulture station were created, alongside the renovation of the first-year cellar and the construction of a new vat room, designed in the elegant shape of arcs of a circle. These enhancements provided the estate with the necessary tools to meet the exacting standards required for the production of outstanding wines.

Every aspect of the restoration was approached with meticulous care. The Chartreuse, the centrepiece of the estate, underwent a transformation under the guidance of Belgian interior architect Anne Derasse, in collaboration with architect Alain de La Ville. The project blended elements of the 18th century with contemporary touches, maintaining the sobriety and purity of the original design.

Attention to detail extended to the creation of harmonious atmospheres, and the selection of materials, colours, and furnishings. Notably, the reception rooms of the Chartreuse and the staircase leading to the First Year cellar, encased in a wooden vat with its own historical significance, were crafted with utmost precision and reverence.

A Dedication to Craftsmanship

Laurent Dufau, appointed head of the estate in 2013, possesses an exceptional knowledge of classified growth wines. As a Médoc native and the grandson of a vine grower, he possesses a deep understanding of the inner workings and rules of the wine world. Building a relationship of mutual trust with the Bordeaux négociant market, he has made significant contributions to Calon Ségur's success.

Vincent Millet, the estate manager since 2006, cut short his scientific studies to pursue his true passion for oenology. Guided by an innate pursuit of excellence and a strong sense of rigour, he has undertaken meticulous work in the vineyards, vat room, and cellars, all aimed at achieving long-term goals.

Under the leadership of Laurent and Vincent, the estate's 50-strong team works tirelessly throughout the year. Their collaborative efforts have resulted in an ambitious vineyard restructuring program that will continue until 2032. The objective is for Cabernet Sauvignon, the backbone of Calon Ségur, to eventually comprise 70% of the vineyard.

Embracing Time and Tradition

This multifaceted, long-term project has been made possible by the owners' steadfast commitment to working for the future. The Arkéa group and its subsidiary, Suravenir, which owns the property, have a history of investing in long-term projects and cultivating a special relationship with time, earning them the reputation of "patient investors."

This particular approach resonates deeply in the world of wine, where time and meticulous care unveil the subtlety and richness of the terroir. After nearly six years of work, Calon Ségur now opens its doors to wine professionals worldwide, inviting them to discover the three distinct wines that embody the essence of the estate.

A Trio of Exceptional Wines

The grand vin, Château Calon Ségur, mirrors the estate itself. It captivates the senses, offering a rare and moving tasting experience that delicately balances gentleness and intensity. It demands undivided attention.

The second wine, Marquis de Calon Ségur, is ready to be enjoyed sooner, providing immediate pleasure with its silky texture. It pays homage to its superior counterpart, evoking a sense of illustriousness.

Le Saint-Estèphe de Calon Ségur, the estate's third wine, primarily showcases the young vines' vibrant character. With its freshness, fruitiness, and dynamic nature, it presents a captivating expression of Calon Ségur's terroir.

These three wines, while distinct, share a family resemblance that becomes apparent upon tasting. In 2013, the labels were redesigned, each adorned with a heart. This heart, the emblem of Calon Ségur since the 18th century, echoes the famous words of the Marquis de Ségur, who proclaimed that while he "made wine at Lafite and Latour," his "heart was at Calon."

For the people of Finistère, like the estate's owner, the connection between the heart and Calon holds a special significance. In Breton, the word for heart is "kalon."

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