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2023 Château Vieux Château Certan En Primeur

"When I think of the archetypes of greatness in Bordeaux, VCC is one of them..." Antonio Galloni on 2023 VCC

Released this morning for sale en primeur is one of the most sought-after wines of the vintage: 2023 Vieux Château Certan at £1110 per six bottles, over 30% down on the 2022, offered with limited availability.

Offered en primeur, landing spring 2026.

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Château Calon-Ségur

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Château Calon-Ségur

Château Calon-Ségur is a troisièmes cru classé estate in St-Estéphe and is the northernmost of all the cru classé estates.  

Calon dates back to the Gallo-Roman era. Its name comes from “calones”, which referred to small crafts navigating on the Gironde’s estuary.  Wine production can be traced back to the 12th century, but it was in the 18th century, with the Marquis Nicolas-Alexandre de Ségur, also owner of Latour, Lafite and Mouton, that the name came to prominence.

The Marquis de Ségur and son of Alexandre expanded his family estates with the acquisition of Mouton. At this point in time, with the exception of Château Margaux, all the future first growths of the Médoc were now in his ownership.  Louis XV nicknamed him the Prince of Vines. In an early nod to the importance of terroir, each button of his jacket was a pebble from his vineyard.

Despite his embarrassment of First Growth estates, Ségur placed Calon foremost in his affections:  "I make wine at Lafite and at Latour, but my heart is at Calon". In the nineteenth century, his words were commemorated by the engraving of a heart in the stonework of the château, later becoming an emblem on the label.

Calon and it’s next-door neighbour Capbern were owned by the aristocratic Gasqueton family until 2012, when the Suravenir insurance company purchased them.  The château and estate have been extensively renovated and the wine has shot up through the ranks, now nearing in quality the First Growth estates which were once owned by Ségur. The estate has been managed by Vincent Millet since 2006.

Calon’s terroir is unique.  The highest point is only 13 metres of but the sharp relief of its slopes allows for good drainage.  Deep gravel layers deposited by the river during the quaternary era cover a largely clay sub-soil.  The top-soil is made up of a thin layer of clay of lacustrine origin.  This combination of gravels and clay, among other factors, explains the power and finesse of the wine.

The vineyard is formed by three gravel outcrops that protrude towards the estuary.

Éric Boissenot is the consultant. The 55 ha estate is planted with 50 ha of vines: 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 2 % Petit Verdot, averaging 21 years of age, at density of 8,000 vines/ha, yielding an average of 45hl/ha.  The wine is aged for 18 to 20 months in 100% new barrels.  Around 80,000 bottles are produced.


RED 2023 Château Calon Ségur 75cl £468 per case of 6 Château Calon Ségur
2023 / / 75cl
£468 per case of 6
Tasting Notes"The 2023 Calon Ségur was picked September 6 to 30 at 45hL/ha. As usual, it is being aged entirely in new oak for a planned 20 months. It has a tight, cohesive bouquet of predominantly black fruit intermixed with wild hedgerow, tobacco and melted tar. The palate is medium-bodied with impressive grip on the entry—quite fresh, with a subtle marine tincture and a touch of Japanese nori in the background. It gently fans out on the finish, but it remains controlled and especially linear for Calon-Ségur, perhaps less swayed by the Merlot (15% of the blend). Classy. 92-94 points" Neal Martin,"The 2023 Calon-Ségur is another en primeur success for this resurgent Saint-Estèphe third growth. Wafting from the glass with aromas of cassis, pencil shavings, wild berries and plums, it's medium to full-bodied, cool and layered, with a deep and integrated core, terrific concentration, lively acids and refined structuring tannins, concluding with a long, penetrating finish. It's a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot that checks in at 14% alcohol. 94-96 points" William Kelley,"The 2023 Calon Ségur is a wine for readers who can be patient. In many recent years, Calon Ségur has been quite showy, but this is not one of them. Bold acids and huge tannins dominate at this stage. Bright red-toned fruit is a signature, but the 2023 is a powerful, young Calon Ségur that will clearly need time to come together. Bright acids extend the finish beautifully. 2033-2063 94-96 points" Antonio Galloni,"A blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot, the 2023 Calon Segur has a deep garnet-purple color. After a swirl or two, notes of fresh blackcurrants, juicy blackberries, and redcurrant jelly leap from the glass, followed by hints of rose oil, cumin seed, and mint tea. The medium to full-bodied palate is bursting with bold red and black fruit flavors, supported by fine-grained tannins, finishing long and spicy. Nicely done! 95-97 points" Lisa Perotti-Brown, The Wine Independent------"Blackcurrant, blueberry, cedar, pine needle and black truffle here. I don't think much about the nose with barrel samples, but this is splendid. It's medium-bodied with very fresh acidity and fine, linear tannins that are long and lively. Energy here. Refined. Salty character at the last minute. I may like this better than 2022. A blend of 72% cabernet sauvignon, 15% merlot, 12% cabernet franc and 1% petit verdot. 96-97 points""Precise and confident texture to this wine, has higher levels of both Cabernets in 2023 than in 2022, having reached exceptional maturity, and personally I feel that have recaptured the heart and spirit of Calon. Skilfully made, love the violet peony savoury character, it's sappy and has liqourice root and squid ink salinity, along with tons of cassis and cigar box. The blend for this was built on Cabernet, and you can feel it. My favourite Calon since the 2020 vintage, hands down. 100% new oak, director Vincent Millet. 97 points"

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