Capbern Gasqueton is one of the best kept secrets of St...
Estèphe. It is the sister property of Chateau Calon Ségur, and had been owned by the Gasqueton family from 1894 until it was sold in 2012, following the death of Denise Capbern-Gasquetion in September. A Cru Bourgeois, it is an excellent example of a wine that performs above its classification.
The 41 hectare property is located to the east of Calon Ségur near the village of St. Estèphe, overlooking the Gironde on gravel and limestone soils. St. Estèphe is one of the northernmost communes on the left bank. The water-retaining, cool and clay soils underneath the layer of gravel allows the vines to perform better than some of its neighbours during hot and dry years.
The weather was cool and dry in June and July. Temperatures cooled down in August and the first part of September. The second half of September was much sunnier and consequently warmer allowing grapes to finish ripening. Harvest started early in October and was finished by mid-October.
The 2008 Capbern Gasqueton is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Merlot from vines that have an average age of 35 years. It is made in the traditional manner, spending 18 months ageing in 40% new oak barriques.
We particularly enjoyed the balance of this wine. It has all the hallmarks you would expect from a St. Estèphe, but it also had charming cassis fruit and structured but not drying tannins. It is drinking very well now, but can be laid down for many years.
55% Cabernet Sauvignon
|Region||St Estephe, Bordeaux|
|Consultant Winemaker||Pascal Ribereau Gayon|
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