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    826
  • Producer ranking ?

    3
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

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  • Food Pairing

    Beef

The Story

Fifty-five hectares (136 acres) at the time of the 1855 classification, fifty-five hectares today: the estate is a rare example of consistency of terroir over the centuries.

The vineyard is made up of one single block adjacent to the village of Saint-Estèphe. Unique in the Médoc, it is completely surrounded by a stone wall. Inside, closest to the château, this “enclos” groups together the most famous plots of Calon.

There are very few geological models that can be compared with the terroir of Calon Ségur. The vines delve down into a deep gravel layer that was deposited there by the river. This layer covers another which is predominantly clay. This combination of clay and gravel soils is one of the main reasons for the power and finesse displayed in the wines of Calon Ségur.

Cabernet Sauvignon is the backbone of Calon Ségur. This grape variety makes up over three-quarters of the blend, and in great years its proportion can be as high as 90%.

No great wines can ever be made without constant and meticulous care of the vines. The soils are ploughed in the time-honoured tradition. From spring to autumn, vine canopy management tasks are done by large numbers of vineyard personnel. The crop is picked by hand at perfect ripeness.

 

APPELLATION Saint-Estèphe.
Third classified Growth in 1855.
CONSULTANT ŒNOLOGIST Éric Boissenot.
SOIL A thick layer of gravel laid down during the Quaternary Period. Predominantly clay 
sub-soil from the Tertiary Period. At the summit of the gravel deposits, there is also 
a fine layer of clay of lacustrine origin.
VINEYARD AREA 55 ha (136 acres).
AREA IN PRODUCTION 45 ha (50 ha planted).
GRAPE VARIETIES 53% Cabernet sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 7% Cabernet franc, 2% petit Verdot.
AVERAGE AGE OF THE VINES 22 years.
TRAINING METHOD Double Guyot.
PLANTING DENSITY 8,000 vines/ha.
TARGET YIELD 45 hl/ha.
HARVEST Hand picking. A first selection of grapes on the vine. Mechanical sorting of the grapes by vibration, followed by hand sorting.
VINIFICATION Temperature-controlled conical stainless-steel tanks. Maceration for 18 to 21 days.
AGEING 18 to 20 months, 30% new barrels. 
Fining with egg white.
AVERAGE ANNUAL PRODUCTION Around 80,000 bottles.
 

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Vintage 1947

1947 Château Calon-Ségur (Saint-Estèphe)

Two centuries ago Calon was under the ownership of Marquis Nicolas-Alexandre de Ségur, owner of Lafite and Latour. He was also the president of the parliament of Bordeaux. Seemingly de Ségur preferred Calon to his other famous properties, and he is reputed to have stated, “ I make wine at Lafite and Latour, but my heart is at Calon”. The heart publicized on every label of Calon-Ségur commemorates this saying today. Just as the de Ségur lost his heart to Calon, so did I.

This 1947 Calon was the most generous and sumptuous Calon-Ségur I have ever tasted. Château bottled with heart on label. Level was by the neck. Decanted 2 hours before dinner. Dark, deep colour. An intense, open bouquet with plenty of fruit. Very chunky and loaded. Superb ripe fruit and intensely-flavoured. Finely balanced and has a long, soft and very graceful aftertaste. Big-hearted wine.

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

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Tasting note

color

Deep

ending

Long, Smooth and Gentle

flavors

Earthy

nose

Intense

recommend

Yes

taste

Well-structured, Ripe, Rich and Elegant

Written Notes

This one also had a gorgeous nose, more open and expressive, perhaps due to the bottle versus magnum format. It still had that same nutty feel, with more caramel as well as aromas of dust and old book. In the mouth it had great texture and balance, both elegant and rich at the same time. Someone found it ‘Pomreolesque,’ and it was indeed plummy and chocolaty along those lines. The 1947 seemed much more naturally mature out of bottle than the ’53 or ’45 that followed it out of magnum; sometimes the youthful qualities that come with a magnum format are not necessarily better than the natural complexity that one can get out of a regular sized bottle, although Bob did find the 1947 ‘more two-dimensional’
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Origin

St.Estephe, Bordeaux

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Calon Ségur 1947  ( Château Calon-Ségur )

"This one also had a gorgeous nose, more open and expressive, perhaps due to the bottle versus magnum format. It still had that same nutty feel, with more caramel as well as aromas of dust and old book. In the mouth it had great texture and balance, both elegant and rich at the same time. Someone found it ‘Pomreolesque,’ and it was indeed plummy and chocolaty along those lines. The 1947 seemed much more naturally mature out of bottle than the ’53 or ’45 that followed it out of magnum; sometimes the youthful qualities that come with a magnum format are not necessarily better than the natural complexity that one can get out of a regular sized bottle, although Bob did find the 1947 ‘more two-dimensional’ "

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