This morning Calon Segur has released, a super-star of Bordeaux en primeur over the last five years. Calon Segur has always been regarded as having prime terroir, among the very best and since 2008 the Estate has been undergoing large investment. Over the last 24 months the last ten vintages of Calon Segur have increased on average 54%, the average price rising from £522 to £817. Moreover, the release price compared to the trading price today of all vintages since 2005 is up 106%. As such, it has now become one of the most highly allocated wines, selling out each year. We expect 2017 to be no different. It has released today for £738 per case, a 2.8% pound reduction on the release price of the 2016 and a 30% discount to the current trading price of the 2016. Moreover, it is an 11% decrease to the average trading price of Calon Segur. It is however, not an average vintage of Calon Segur, rather one of its finest, scoring 92-94 from the Wine Advocate and Neal Martin and 94-95 from James Suckling.
Calon Segur has benefited from the superb performance of the village of St Estephe in 2017 and Neal Martin says ’Perhaps this is the smoothest of all the 2017s I encountered within this appellation, a classy and sophisticated Calon-Ségur in the making and heightened by the thrilling tension towards the finish and the latent energy that lingers in the mouth. Excellent.’ This is as Martin states an excellent Calon Segur, its scores placing it in line, potentially better than the 2015. It also gives it the lowest Price Over Points Ratio of any Calon Segur with 57. All of these indicators suggest once again, Calon Segur 2017 is a must buy wine en primeur.
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The history of Calon Segur can be traced back to 1147 when it was owned by the bishop Monseigneur de Calon. It is classified a Third Growth and follows closely behind Cos d’Estournel and Montrose as one of the leading lights of St Estephe. In fact, Montrose was a forest-land belonging to the Calon Segur estate, so vast that it once contained Mouton and Lafite Rothschild. Calon Segur eventually passed into the hands of the Segur family and the Marquis de Segur, who also owned Lafite and Latour. He famously is quoted as saying, ‘I make my wine at Lafite and Latour, but my heart is in Calon’, which became the basis for the widely-recognized label: a heart encompassing the Estate’s name in bold red letters.
In 1894, the Chateau and its vineyards were purchased by the Gasqueton family, who managed the Estate until 2012, when the doyenne, Madame Denise Capbern Gasqueton, passed away. Vincent Millet, formerly of Chateau Margaux, was brought in as Technical Director in 2008 and remained with the Estate when it was sold to a large French insurance company in 2012, with the negociant company, Jean-Pierre Moueix (owners of Petrus), taking a minority stake.
Vincent Millet and his team always took the greatest care with the vineyards and wine, but the new owners provided the capital to renovate the facilities, including replacing vats and moving to a gravity-fed system. The vineyards are planted to 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, although the new owners believe the vineyard is more suited to Cabernet Sauvignon and will reduce the percentage of Merlot slowly. The average age of all vines is 35 years. Laurent Dufau was brought in as General Manager of the estate in 2012 and has increased the amount of new oak from 50% to 100%, which has made the wine more approachable in its youth.
In addition, we are delighted to offer the superb Second wine of Calon Segur, Marquis de Calon, which has released for £220 per case of twelve. Priced at £18.33 per bottle this offers incredible value for a wine of its quality. We have been enjoying the 2014 recently, which is drinking beautifully, yet will improve for a decade. The 2017 is better, this is a strong drinking recommendation.