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Château Calon Ségur

Located in Saint-Estèphe, Château Calon Ségur is a Troisième Grand Cru Classé and has a heart-shaped emblem. The estate boasts the oldest vineyard in the appellation with 55 hectares located on a remarkable gravelly mound encircled by walls, similar to an enclosed Burgundy plot.

Recently acquired by Suravenir, the life insurance subsidiary of Crédit Mutuel Arkéa, and by Videlot, the Holding belonging to the Moueix family, Calon Ségur owes its name to a small flat-bottomed boat called a “Calones” used in the Middle Ages to supply the marshy region and to transport timber from one side of the river to the other, up to the Gironde estuary.

In the fourteenth century Calon belonged to a younger branch of lords of Lesparre and was the town’s first vineyard.

Then, for more than two centuries from July 1530 until 1778, Calon was not sold once. Through marriage, it simply changed from one family to another. On 7 October 1670, Jeanne Gasq, granddaughter of the owners at the time, married Jacques de Ségur and then for over a century Calon belonged to the Ségur family.

Nicolas-Alexandre, their grandson, nicknamed the “Prince of Vines”, stated: “I make my wine at Lafite and Latour, but my heart belongs to Calon.” The heart engraved on the roof of the château’s courtyard and on the former cellar from the eighteenth century is a reminder of this statement. The heart has become the emblem of Calon and is now displayed prominently on its labels.

The estate was sold in 1778 and then belonged to several different families until 1894, the year of the acquisition by Georges Capbern-Gasqueton. From the beginning of the twentieth century and lasting for over a hundred years, this large family raised Calon Ségur to be at the same level as some of the greatest and most renowned winegrowing estates.

The history of Calon Ségur, whose owners from the last seven centuries are all known, therefore forms a significant part of the history of Bordeaux and its wines. It is natural that the Château has decided to join this wonderful project that is La Cité du Vin.