Enjoy some pre-Valentine’s Day love this weekend with a bottle of wine from Chateau Calon-Segur. This Bordeaux estate was established in the 12th century, making it one of the first three vineyards in Saint-Estephe.
The wine’s moniker stems from the area’s onetime name, Calon, which refers to the small skiffs used in the Middle Ages to ply trade along the Gironde estuary, while Segur was appended by Nicolas-Alexandre the Marquis de Segur, the estate’s owner in the 18th century.
The Marquis also owned Chateau Latour and Chateau Lafite, long two of the premier wine estates in Bordeaux. But despite their lofty reputations, he always said that his “heart was with Calon” and this passion is reflected in the heart that graces the label.
The wine is primarily cabernet sauvignon, with merlot and small amounts of cabernet franc and petit verdot blended in. It is wonderfully soft on the palate, with intense flavors of red and black fruits along with hints of currant.
Chateau Calon-Segur averages about $125 a bottle, which, for a wine of its quality and caliber, is a really good price. (A bottle of Latour, by contrast, will set you back $700 or more.) But if you’re budget isn’t ready for a three-figure wine, check out Le Marquis de Calon, the estate’s second label. This wine is generally 75% merlot, making it a warm, velvety and appealing choice at about $32 a bottle.
There is also a third label – Saint-Estephe de Calon Segur – made with fruit from the estate’s youngest vines for a young, vibrant and fresh wine crafted to drink, not save. And it’s a steal at about $25. What’s not to love about that?