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Château Calon Ségur 2001

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While winemaking at the Calon estate dates all the way back to the 12th century, the château really took off in the 18th century when legendary winemaker Nicolas-Alexandre, the Marquis de Ségur — also known as the "prince of vines" — took over the property. The marquis was passionate about this winery, once saying that "I make wine at Lafitte and Latour but my heart is at Calon Segur" (hence the heart on the wine's label). The estate went on to acquire the rank of Third Growth in the Bordeaux 1855 classification.

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While winemaking at the Calon estate dates all the way back to the 12th century, the château really took off in the 18th century when legendary winemaker Nicolas-Alexandre, the Marquis de Ségur — also known as the "prince of vines" — took over the property. The marquis was passionate about this winery, once saying that "I make wine at Lafitte and Latour but my heart is at Calon Segur" (hence the heart on the wine's label). The estate went on to acquire the rank of Third Growth in the Bordeaux 1855 classification.

Today the château is owned by the Suravenir company, who are in the process of extensively renovating the estate while being careful to preserve its historic values.

The 55-hectare, single-block vineyard is entirely surrounded by a stone wall; the only vineyard in the Médoc to be so. Dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon — which makes up over three-quarters of the blend — the vineyard also grows Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot.

Robert Parker
Robert Parker
90 I suspect this 2001 will shut down (as most young Calon Segurs do), although it appears more forward and evolved than the huge, backward, but totally dormant 2000. The plum/ruby-coloured 2001 reveals aromas of damp earth, cranberries, cherries, herbs, and forest floor. While lighter than its older sibling, it is medium bodied, elegant, and should emerge from its post-bottling sleep in 4-5 years, and drink well for 14-15.
Name Château Calon Ségur
Vintage 2001
Type Rouge / Red
Appellation Saint-Estèphe
Classification 3em Cru Classé (3rd growth)
Grape Varieties Cabernet Sauvignon; Merlot; Cabernet Franc
Format 375ml
Average Age of Vines 35 years old
Production 240,000 bottles
Soil Sandy gravel and iron-enriched limestone
Winemaking 3 weeks' fermentation in stainless-steel vats
Ageing 18 months in oak barrels (50% new oak)
Website http://www.calon-segur.fr/
Food Pairings Game Animals; Beef; Charcuterie
Occasions Romantic Dinner; Celebrations; Business Dinner; Anniversary
When to Drink Enjoy over the next 10 Years