Château Capet-Guillier

Bordeaux, bordeaux France

Château Capet-Guillier is a small estate lying to the south of the town of Saint-Émilion, close to the village of Saint-Hippolyte, between Château Pavie and Château Magrez-Fombrauge. Owned by the same family since the French Revolution, Antoine Moueix Propriétés took over the property in 2009. Stéphane Derenoncourt and Benoît Coq lead the winemaking team, producing an excellent Saint-Émilion Grand Cru from the estate’s three hectares of vines.

As expected from this area, Merlot and Cabernet Franc are the key varieties. The vines lie on a mix of chalk and clay soils, which results in naturally low vigour in the vines and, in turn, concentrates the flavours and sugars in the grapes. According to Stéphane, the limestone component adds a spice and floral character to the wines, while the south-facing aspect of the slopes aids ripening in difficult years. The harvest is carried out entirely by hand. The Château has invested in a sorting table with a camera that measures the colour and form of each individual berry. Any berry that is damaged or unripe is automatically discarded.

The wine is full bodied, supple and accessible, with dark berry fruit and spice, supported by fine-grained tannins and a long, complex finish. The Saint-Émilion Grand Cru is 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. The vines are 43 years old, divided into tiny parcels which are harvested and vinified separately. After four to five weeks’ cold maceration, the wine is fermented in large, conical oak vats for 17 days. 50% of the wine goes through malolactic fermentation and ageing in new, medium-toast, French oak barrels. The other 50% is aged in one-year-old barrels for 14 to 16 months.


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