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History

Capbern Gasqueton is one of the best kept secrets of St. Estèphe.The estate is located in the municipality of Saint-Estèphe and same area in the Medoc (Bordeaux). In 2003 it was classified as “Cru Bourgeois.” It is owned by the family Capbern-Gasqueton, which also includes the Château Calon-Ségur heard. It is headed by Madame Gasqueton. The vineyards consist of two parts with the municipalities Calon-Ségur and Meyney. They cover 35 hectares and are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon (50%), Merlot (35%) and Cabernet Franc planted (15%)

This Château used to be called "Capbern Gasqueton," the name was changed to just "Capbern."

 

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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.

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Winemaking

Vinification: The fruit is all hand-harvested and oak is used judiciously, with only one-third of the barrels new each year. The second wine is called “Le Grand Village Capbern”.

Food Pairings: Shoulder of lamb in the oven, roast lamb from seven bean, roast goose sarladaise lamb with prunes and almonds, roasted turkey, corn and chestnuts, and Rossini.

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 Markus Del Monego MW , Pro (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Capbern . In a tasting of  66 wines 

2017 is a vintage bringing back Bordeaux to its roots, offering a very classic wine style with lower alcohol levels than in the previous years but with often excellent aromatic expression. 2015 and 2016 have surely been better vintages than last year, but based on a first impression 2017 seems to be better than 2014. The evolution will show, that 2017 is far from becoming a "forgotten vintage". Some nice surprises will be waiting for us.

1y 11m ago

 Will Gardener / Nickolls & Perks, Wine Dealer (United Kingdom)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Capbern . In a tasting of  35 wines 

2015 was overall a very dry year, with hydric stress a major concern in July. August brought welcome relief, rejuvenating the water table and unblocking the evolution. By this time, when veraison (the change of colour) took place, the berry size had already been set – small with thick skins. This is where the vintage’s tell-tale ripeness and silky textures come from.


The harvest conditions were ideal, again generally dry with cool nights, helping shape the vintage’s freshness and aromatics. The merlot crop would be picked in ideal conditions and at the vigneron’s leisure, aiming for optimum ripeness per plot. Many of the top châteaux now have the means to dissect and elevate dozens of different plots independently, all helping to improve the final assemblage. At Cheval Blanc we spoke with the technical director Pierre Olivier Clouet, who explained that they had taken practically a whole month to pick, with the result being almost every plot at perfect ripeness.


Each plot is fermented separately. Barrel samples of each are blended together in many different combinations and tasted blind to select which blend works best for the first and second wines. The final assemblage for the first wine consisted of all the plots except two that were ultimately discarded and sold off in bulk. And so for the first time since 1988 there will be no second wine at Château Cheval Blanc, a tribute to the overall consistency and quality of the harvest.


This is extraordinary scenario but a familiar tale in this vintage. In


general the percentage of first wine was comparatively high at most


châteaux and so there should be good volumes.

2y 6m ago

 Izak Litwar , Wine Writer (Denmark)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Capbern . In a tasting of  161 wines 

Bordeaux 2016 vintage!

3y 1m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Pro (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Capbern . In a tasting of  272 wines 

BORDEAUX VINTAGE 2016 / Tasting "en primeur" is a challenge every year. The wines tasted are showing a tendency only and it is still the beginning of a longer process of evolution and maturation in the barrels. There might be some changes during the next year and a half until the wines will be bottled, but already today the tendency is quite clear. For most of the red wines it will be an outstanding vintage, a vintage for Cabernet, old vines, limestone and clay soil. It was a challenging year for the vintners. An incredibly wet spring was worrying the winegrowers and at the beginning of June, the spirits were down. However warm and dry weather between June 3 and June 11 creating an close to ideal situation for the flowering and good weather conditions starting in mid June changed the nature of the vintage. The fine weather continued into July and August. The month of August was featuring hot weather and a remarkable amount of sunshine but the absence of rain let to water stress. Heavy rain in mid September set an end to water stress and when the sun returned on September 20 the vintage was saved as there was excellent weather till to the end of the harvest. The effects were various. the white wines are on a good quality level and display fruit and flavour but the acidity is lower than in previous vintages and the white wines show an opulent and rather soft style. The noble sweet wines are extremely pure and are more on the rich and powerful side than on the freshness. For the red wines originating from the right terroirs and old vines, the vintage an be called outstanding. Water stress was managed well on limestone and clay terroirs, Cabernet varieties did extremely well and old vines found water even during the stressful dry periods of summer. In some few red wines the tannins are slightly harsh, almost bitter, a result of water stress and/or intense extraction. In general the red wines are on an excellent level with an advantage for the left bank, mainly the Médoc area, and the classic great terroirs of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol. 

3y 1m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Pro (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Capbern . In a tasting of  502 wines 

“2015 will be one of the excellent vintages however hardly to compare to 2009 and 2010 or 2005. In 2015 the region played a major role, terroir was the key to success. For red wines, the limestone plateau in Saint-Emilion performed extremely well as there was water available during the hot summer days and drainage proved to be ideal during rainy August. Therefore the best wines of Saint-Emilion come from limestone soils. The sandy parts of the appellation produced a quite heterogeneous result. In Pomerol it looked the same with very successful wines from the central plateau and more heterogeneous qualities from the areas around. In Fronsac it was not only the terroir which proved important, the vintners decision had a major impact. Pessac-Léognan did extremely well in this vintage with a homogenous quality. The Médoc was divided. The southern part, mainly Margaux and the southern part of Saint-Julien have seen less rain and produced more powerful wines. The northern part of the Médoc, especially Pauillac and Saint-Estèphe have produced a very fine and elegant style with excellent persistence. On the good terroirs, the seeds were ripe which results in very ripe tannins with a silky or velvety expression. In addition the cooler conditions of autumn provoked a very pure and fresh fruit. For the dry white wines the quality depends very much on the origin again. Due to the hot and dry growing season, a lot of white wines show very mild, almost soft acidity but also some phenolic hints in the aftertaste. A few dry white wines are standing out, having preserved freshness and acidity. The sweet wines are remarkably good, very rich in character and the best of them have a crisp acidity balancing the opulent sugar. The tasting conditions were rather good, however the weather was quite mixed affecting the presentation of the wines. The wines were tasted blind where possible and open. The final decision on the rating is based on both tasting types.”

4y 1m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Pro (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Capbern . In a tasting of  34 wines 

“Bordeaux 2013 Vintage Part IV / Château Mouton Rothschild 2013 : Dark purple red with violet hue and almost black core. Opulent and expressive nose with distinct toasting, aroma reminiscent dark chocolate and coffee, graphite, dark berries eg. blackcurrants and elderberries. On the palate fullbodied, rich and compolex with fine acidity, mature tannins, excellent structure and length. 96 points”

4y 4m ago

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