Château Capbern

Bordeaux, bordeaux France

Château Capbern is one of the best kept secrets of Saint-Estèphe. It is the sister property of Château Calon-Ségur and had been owned by the Gasqueton family from 1894 until it was sold in 2012, following the death of Denise Capbern-Gasqueton. A Cru Bourgeois, it is an excellent example of a wine that outperforms its classification.

The 41 hectare property is located to the east of Calon-Ségur near the village of Saint-Estèphe, overlooking the Gironde on gravel, limestone and clay soils. Saint-Estèphe is one of the northernmost communes on the Left Bank. The water-retaining, cool, clay soils underneath the layer of gravel allow the vines here to perform better than some of their neighbours during hot and dry years.

The 2013 is a blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot, from vines with an average age of 38 years. It was made in the traditional manner, spending 18 months ageing in oak barriques (40% new). The wine has all of the hallmarks you would expect from a Saint-Estèphe: intensity and structure, along with charming cassis fruit and structured yet supple tannins.


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