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Chateau La Cabanne History, Overview
Chateau La Cabanne takes its name from the tiny sector where the property is located, La Cabane. The estate is one of the older properties in the appellation, as it dates back to the mid-1700s. During the early 1900s, the property was purchased by the Audy family, who were negociants and vineyard owners in Pomerol with Clos du Clocher.
Chateau La Cabanne was sold to the Estager family in 1952. The Estager family was already well known in Bordeaux due to their active business as negociants in Libourne since 1912. Francois Estager manages everything that goes on with the estate today.
Much of Chateau La Cabanne is new. Although, renovations took place sadly because circumstances forced them to. A huge fire destroyed much of their property in 2010. The tragic fire also destroyed the entire 2008 vintage, which was still in the vat at the time.
Chateau La Cabanne Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 8.84-hectare vineyard of Chateau La Cabanne is planted to 94% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc. The terroir is clay with gravel soils. The vineyard of Chateau La Cabanne is in a great location, not far from Chateau Trotanoy and Chateau Clinet.
On average, the vines are 30 years of age. The vineyard can be divided into 9 separate parcels, with their oldest parcel of vines being close to 40 years of age. Their best vines are placed just behind the chateau, where they have blue clay in the soil. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 6,500 vines per hectare.
The wine of Chateau La Cabanne is vinified in 8 traditional, temperature-controlled, small, conical shaped, stainless steel vats that vary in size from 70 hectoliters to 80 hectoliters.
Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrels. The wine is aged in 60% new, French oak barrels for close to 15 months before bottling. Chateau La Cabanne produces close to 2,500 cases per year.
Chateau La Cabanne produces a second wine, Domaine de Compostelle. Prior to 2010, the second wine was only produced in select vintages, but starting with 2010, Domaine de Compostelle is now produced in every vintage, which has helped improve the quality of the Grand Vin.
The heart of the Chateau La Cabanne vineyard is situated right on the edge Pomerol plateau. Yet, even with that amazing terroir, Chateau La Cabanne continues to produce wines below the level of their terroir.
The best vintages of Chateau La Cabanne are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2006, 2005, 2001 and 2000.
However, with the strong 2015 La Cabanne, it clearly looks like they are on the right track at the estate, as their 2015 vintage is clearly the best that wine Chateau La Cabanne has ever produced.
When to Drink Chateau La Cabanne, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau La Cabanne can be enjoyed on the young side with 1 hour to 90 minutes of decanting. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.
The wine is usually better after 4-7 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. In the best years, the wine will be best, between 5 and 15 years of age after the vintage.
Serving Chateau La Cabanne with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau La Cabanne is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.
Chateau La Cabanne is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted braised, and grilled dishes. Chateau La Cabanne is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta.
The Estager family owns other Right Bank properties. The best known are Chateau Haut Maillet and Chateau Plincette, which are both in Pomerol. Chateau La Paperterie is located in the St. Emilion satellite commune of Montagne Saint Emilion, and Chateau de Gachet is in the Lalande de Pomerol appellation.
Château La Cabanne Wine Tasting Notes
19 Vintages 75,669 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2020||Château La Cabanne (Pomerol)|
Floral in character, with additional nuances of earth, cherries, plums, licorice and kirsch start things off nicely. The wine is sexy, silky, soft and sweet, with a refined textural finish. Since 2015 La Cabanne has been upping their game and the 2020 is no exception. 91-93 Pts
1,211 Views Tasted May 20, 2021
|2020||Domaine de Compostelle (Pomerol)|
Medium-bodied, softly textured, early drinking plummy wine with notes of red fruits and herbs that will be at its best in its forward, fruit-filled, exuberant youth. 88-90 Pts
1,881 Views Tasted May 20, 2021
|2019||Château La Cabanne (Pomerol)|
Silky, sexy and earthy, with velvet tannins, medium-body and that ocean of ripe, luscious, fresh plum essence with chocolate that you find in Pomerol. Give it 6-8 years before popping a cork and enjoy it over the next 10-15 years after that. Since 2015 La Cabanne has been getting better and better. 91-93 Pts
3,139 Views Tasted Jun 8, 2020
|2018||Château La Cabanne (Pomerol)|
The flowers, truffle and dark cocoa notes show nicely on the nose. Silky, soft and loaded with ripe, juicy, fresh, sweet, earthy plums and freshness on the palate, give this a few years in the cellar and enjoy it over the following 15 years or more with ease. 92 Points
774 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2021
Richly colored, the wine pops from the nose with flowers, cocoa, thyme and red fruits. Soft, polished, fruity and silky, this is a solid wine from La Cabanne. 91-93 Pts
2,032 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2018||Domaine de Compostelle (Pomerol)|
Herbs, truffle, licorice and red fruits, soft textures and sweet, bright plums in a fresh finish with a touch of olive on the back end. This will be best in its youth. 86 Points
1,083 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2021
|2017||Château La Cabanne (Pomerol)|
Medium-bodied, fresh, round, soft and forward, this 100% Merlot comes on strong with a nice blast of licorice, sweet, dark cherries, earth and flowers. All of this makes for a very nice Pomerol. 91 Points
2,027 Views Tasted May 15, 2020
|2016||Château La Cabanne (Pomerol)|
It is easy to find all the ripe, sweet, round, fresh cherries surrounded by cocoa, black plums and earth on the nose and mouth. Soft and smooth, this will start showing really well with 3-4 years of age. 92 Points
3,175 Views Tasted Sep 21, 2019
I like this even more than the last time I tasted this, due to all the ripe, polished, lushly textured, dark red fruits, licorice, flowers and earth. The wine is soft and polished, with a fruity, silky finish. 92 Points
2,431 Views Tasted Feb 9, 2019
Chocolate-covered plums dusted with cayenne arrive on the palate, they bring along flowers, black raspberry and a little more spice on the nose. Medium bodied with a freshness, this wine was made from a blend of 94% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc and is 14.8% alcohol with a pH of 3.65. 90 Points
1,425 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2015||Château La Cabanne (Pomerol)|
At just 5 years of age, this is drinking great! Medium-bodied, soft, round and lush, with a beautiful mix of wet earth, cherry and plum on the nose and palate, ending with silky textures and earthy pit fruits. I am sure this will be enjoyable to taste for at least another 15 or more years. 92 Points
3,624 Views Tasted May 31, 2020
Much better from bottle than it was in barrel, which is always a good thing. Right? Medium/full bodied, with soft, elegant textures and a beautiful purity to the plums and cherries, that are perfectly blended with all the wet earth, thyme and cocoa you could ask for. The finish is soft, fresh and filled with ripe fruits. 92 Points
4,748 Views Tasted Mar 12, 2018
A bowl of sun-ripened, hand-polished plums adorned with spice and cherry notes, this wine exhibits earthy complexities, soft tannins and freshness, making this the best vintage of La Cabanne I have ever tasted. 90-92 Pts
2,279 Views Tasted Apr 27, 2016
|2014||Château La Cabanne (Pomerol)|
Pretty wine, ready to go, with soft, sweet red fruits and earthy accents. The wine is on the light side, with good freshness, but not a lot of weight. Drink this over the next 5 - 7 years or so is the best bet. 88 Points
1,989 Views Tasted Jan 16, 2021
Blending 94% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc produced a medium bodied, slightly firm, classic styled, cherry and plum dominated wine with a wild strawberry note in the almost, crisp finish. 89 Points
2,660 Views Tasted Feb 4, 2017
Earthy red fruits in a medium-bodied wine, which is bright, spicy and fresh. 86-88 Pts
1,470 Views Tasted Apr 24, 2015
|2013||Château La Cabanne (Pomerol)|
Lots of easy to taste, crisp, bright red fruits, herbs and spice in this open, medium bodied wine. 85 Points
2,309 Views Tasted Feb 9, 2016
Pale in color with forward style, but without much complexity or volume, the wine ends with an open cherry finish. 86-88 Pts
1,591 Views Tasted Apr 25, 2014
|2012||Château La Cabanne (Pomerol)|
Ready to go, the wine has put on weight in the bottle. Now you find an elegant, medium-bodied, soft, chocolate-covered dark red pit fruit nose and palate with a supple, silky-textured finish. 90 Points
2,429 Views Tasted Mar 28, 2021
Medium bodied, with bright, red fruits, plum and earthy cherry notes, this will drink well young. 88 Points
2,121 Views Tasted Mar 11, 2015
|2011||Château La Cabanne (Pomerol)|
Medium bodied and short, there is ample red plums, spice and earth, but the finish shows tart flavors and some dryness in the end notes. From a blend of 92% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, drink this wine young. 86 Points
3,397 Views Tasted Feb 16, 2014
Medium bodied with kirsch and earth, this is a Pomerol to enjoy young. 85-87 Pts
2,045 Views Tasted Apr 21, 2012
|2010||Château La Cabanne (Pomerol)|
Medium-bodied, fully mature, soft, elegant-charmer, with a deft touch of cherries, plums, wet earth and a hint of truffle on the nose and palate. Instead of density, you find a light, refined, earthy, plummy wine that is fully ready to go. I'd opt for drinking this over the next 5 years or so for maximum pleasure. 89 Points
2,616 Views Tasted Jun 30, 2020
Medium bodied, easy to drink, red and black plum filled wine with a slightly rustic finish. The nose, with its floral, cocoa and fresh fruit aromatics is more interesting that what you find on the palate. 88 Points
4,576 Views Tasted Aug 3, 2013
|2009||Château La Cabanne (Pomerol)|
Time has been good to this wine. Showing much better than it did 7 years ago, today, you find a mature, silky, elegant, medium-bodied, earthy, plummy wine with a bit of truffle and a soft, refined finish. This is not a long ager, so I would opt for drinking this over the next 7 years or so. No decanting needed. Just pop, pour and enjoy. 90 Points
2,258 Views Tasted Jun 4, 2020
Black raspberries, wild strawberry and herbs, medium bodied and soft, but not silky, with a cherry dominated finish. This is best enjoyed in its youth as the wine does not have the stuffing for long term aging. 87 Points
4,555 Views Tasted Aug 14, 2013
|2006||Château La Cabanne (Pomerol)|
This has developed better than expected. Medium-bodied, elegant, soft and refined, you find flowers, earth, fennel and red fruits on the nose. Light in weight, the soft-textured red fruits finish nicely on the palate. This is close to fully developed. 89 Points
2,241 Views Tasted Nov 1, 2020
|2005||Château La Cabanne (Pomerol)|
Mature, easy drinking, plummy wine, with a light truffle accent to the red plum core of fruit. Round, with a bit of rusticity in the texture, this medium bodied wine shows a touch of green leafy notes in the red berry finish. Drink this over the next few years, as it is only going to fade from there. 87 Points
1,710 Views Tasted Feb 9, 2019
|2001||Château La Cabanne (Pomerol)|
Much better than the previous bottle, this is quite nice with all the ripe, red fruits, herbs, tobacco leaf and earthy nuances. Medium-bodied, soft and fully mature, the finish combines sweet and tart red fruits. It is time to drink this if you are sitting on any. 88 Points
1,705 Views Tasted May 10, 2020
Medium bodied, light in color, with a bright, red berry center of fruit, paired with spice and earthy aromatics. Simple and already mature, this is not a wine for further aging, as more time will only lighten the fruit, and exacerbate the acidity. 86 Points
2,638 Views Tasted Oct 25, 2016
|2000||Château La Cabanne (Pomerol)|
With its truffles, tobacco leaf, plums and red cherries, soft textures and medium body, this is fully ready to go. Popped and poured, I'd opt for drinking this over the next 3-5 years. 89 Points
2,077 Views Tasted May 10, 2020
|1989||Château La Cabanne (Pomerol)|
Bricking in color, the perfume is the best part of the wine due to its blend of tobacco, herbs, forest leaf and smoky red berries. Medium-bodied, with a red cherry dominated finish that was accompanied by metallic notes. Drink this sooner than later. 84 Points
1,453 Views Tasted May 10, 2020