CHÂTEAU CAPBERN GASQUETON
2011 Saint Estèphe
|Grapes||Petit Verdot, Cab Sauv, Merlot|
74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot. Same ownership and management as Calon Segur. Lovely supple smooth appeal. Fine tannins and cool Cabernet class. Vincent Millet had a new cuverie at his disposal for this vintage, and was for the first time able to really vinify each parcel separately. Much of the Merlot was left out; in his search for finesse he found many of the Merlots showed an acerbic power he did not like. Not massive but lovely pure length. Rating: 90-90 L&S (Apr 2012)
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This seriously made, richly fruity, clean, earthy wine reveals light tannin as well as a spicy finish. It merits consumption during its first decade of life. 2012 - 2022 Rating: 85-87 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Apr 2012)
A blend of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon and 26% Merlot, harvested from 5th September and finishing 19th September with the Cabernet, the Capbern Gasqueton has a simple bouquet of raspberry leaf, strawberry and a touch of mulberry fruit. There is a touch of hardness on the entry, although that will soften by the time of bottling. Good acidity, masculine, not quite as precise as the 2010 with a slight abrupt finish. This will be a medium-term drinking Capbern-Gasqueton. Rating: 87-89 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Apr 2012)
Good depth of fruit, expressively classy wine with earthy length. Drink 2015-2024. Rating: 16.5 www.decanter.com (Apr 2012)
74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot. pH 3.75. Merlot did not have the finesse Millet wanted, hence lower proportion. They were a bit powerful for the finesse of the Cabernet Sauvignon. No hail at Capbern. Deep cherry crimson. Intense ripe cassis, and sweet red cherry on the palate. Touch of eucalyptus. Juicy and bright and fresh. Delicious. No hard edges. Juicy and full of bright fruit. Uncomplicated and charming. 2016-2023 Rating: 16.5 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com (Apr 2012)
Rating: 90 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (Apr 2012)
The formidable Madame Gasqueton of Calon Segur also owns this excellent estate situated south of the town of St Estephe, between the vineyards of Montrose and Phelan Segur.
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