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A brief history

The vineyard of Château Calon has been built up step by step over the three centuries by the family who still runs it. It is located all around the culminating point of Calon hill.
Calon was once part of the Cistercian abbey of Faise and has only recently come into the township of Montagne. The exact origin of the name is unknown. However, on the spot of the present chais (working halls) the remnants of a roman grain silo have been found. The Greeks also came to this region, as is shown by place names like Arès or Auros …
With its five fifteenth century windmills, from the top of those one has a magnificent view over Saint-Emilion vineyards, the site is very beautiful.
In Greek, the word « Calon » means beauty. Therefore, a link between the etymology of the name, local history and the geographic situation is quite possible.
The Greeks always associated beauty and excellence. The quality of the wine today, together with the beautiful spot, are a live witness to a tradition of ages of wine making.

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Château Calon Château Calon - Montagne Saint-Emilion Bottle Preview
Château CalonChâteau Calon - Montagne Saint-Emilion

Many of the vines are over 60 years old. The harvest and its storing are entirely done by hand, and stopped should there be rain. During the whole process of wine making, temperature is regulated. Maceration is very long and fermentation is done only with the natural yeast. The wine is laid to mature in enamelled concrete vats and in oak wood casks for two and a half years before bottling. It may then continue ageing and improve for at least 25 years.

Château Calon Château Calon - St Georges St Emilion Bottle Preview
Château CalonChâteau Calon - St Georges St Emilion

The vineyard is situated on the southern slopes of the limestone plateau facing Saint-Emilion. This location brings along the benefit of maximum sunshine, together with a panoramic view over the vineyards of Saint-Emilion. The wine is full bodied, well balanced, rich in tannin yet somewhat « fat », with a deep red colour. It has fruity, spicy flavours. As it matures it acquires a vanilla, golden, musky bouquet in a rich variety, with an excellent aftertaste