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Château Capbern Gasqueton Saint-Estèphe

St Estephe, Bordeaux

Château Capbern Gasqueton

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.

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Vineyards

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.  

Vintage information

The vineyards in Bordeaux produced wines in 2009 that will go down in legend. Without going back too far, the wonderful vintages of 2000 and 2005 come to mind. For all three of these harvests, the ripening process was very similar. After a particularly sunny August, the area was blessed with a beautiful long Indian Summer, giving optimum conditions for a perfect harvest. 

Vinification

The 2009 Capbern Gasqueton is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc 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. 

Tasting Notes

A beautifully balanced wine. It has all the hallmarks you would expect from a St. Estèphe, with charming cassis fruit and structured but not drying tannins. It is drinking very well now, but can be laid down for many years.

Vintage information

Vintage 2009
Grape varieties 50% Cabernet Sauvignon
35% Merlot
15% Cabernet Franc
Region St Estephe, Bordeaux
Consultant Winemaker Pascal Ribereau Gayon
Alcohol (ABV) 13.5%