2015 Saint Estèphe
|Grapes||Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cab Sauv|
A much more modern wine than anything produced when it was called Capbern Gasqueton. A big dense-fruit nose, a purple-fruit filled velvet punch, all very well-integrated. The front-end is incredibly impressive with all the dark berry fruit depth to the flavour. It takes its time to open up in the middle and finish. Very ripe, with a sophisticated élevage in barrel, this is a lot of wine for the money. Drinking range: 2020 - 2026 L&S (May 2020)
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68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot. Tasted even better (than at the two general tastings where previously seen) at Calon (The Calon team make it), sappy and cool and fresh. It has a very nice unmucked-about-with frankness, a cool flow of fruit and defined black cherry on the finish. Rating: 90-91 L&S (Apr 2016)
This is structured and very linear with superfine and polished tannins. It’s full-bodied yet reserved and held back with such tension and focus. Full-bodied, fine and chewy on the finish. Drinking range: 2020 - Rating: 92 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Feb 2018)
The assemblage here is 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot. A very fresh, pure nose, with scents of dried black currants, damsons, juniper berry and that curranty note. Quite cool, fresh, a bright structure on the palate, with a vibrant hue. On the palate it shows a medium body, with ripe tannins presenting a fine-to-medium grain. Fresh acids, giving a very bright and clean middle. Dark fruits, blackcurrants especially, but in a stony frame, elegant. Fresh and cool, with a good potential. Rating: 14.5-15.5/20 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com (Apr 2016)
The Gasqueton family of Calon Segur also own this excellent estate situated south of the town of St Estephe, between the vineyards of Montrose and Phelan Segur.
The selection in this mixed case gives you a snapshot of the quality coming out of Bordeaux. From the Cabernet dominant Left Bank, with the highly regarded Château Capbern (made by the team behind the famous Château Calon Ségur) to the Merlot focused Right Bank, via Château Montaiguillon, an old L&S favourite from where you overlook the prestigious estates of Cheval Blanc, L’Evangile and Petrus. A prime example from the Medoc, Château l'Argenteyre, shows just how sleek and supple these wines can be, and the crisp and refreshing white blend from Blaye the brilliant Château Beaumont ‘Les Pierrières’ is a brilliant white that represents stunning value in any context.
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