Chateau Capbern St. Estephe Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

Capbern Gasqueton

Learn everything about Chateau Capbern St. Estephe, with wine tasting notes and wine with food pairing tips. Learn the best vintages, a history of the property, information on the vineyards and winemaking. If you want to read about other Bordeaux wine producers: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Capbern Gasqueton History Overview

The start of the first age of the modern era for Chateau Capbern Gasqueton begins when the Left Bank vineyards were purchased by Georges Gasqueton in 1894. The estate took its name from two of its more famous owners, the Gasqueton and Capbern families. The Gasqueton family managed the estate until 2012.

Most recently, the figurehead of Chateau Capbern Gasqueton was the interestingly charming, albeit, eccentric Madame Denise Gasqueton. Madame Gasqueton managed the property while marching to the beat of her own drummer until she passed away at the age of 87 in late September 2011.

The following year, the second and current modern era for the chateau began July 2012 when Chateau Capbern Gasqueton and Chateau Calon were sold to the large French Insurance company, Suravenir Insurance. Jean-Pierre Moueix, the owner of Petrus and the massive negociant company Duclot, took a minority stake in Chateau Calon Segur and Chateau Capbern Gasqueton.

Starting with the 2013 vintage, they dropped the second part of their name and began selling their wine under the simpler name of just Chateau Capbern.

Since the new owners took over Chateau Capbern, they started a serious program of improving the winemaking at Chateau Capbern. While the owners began a complete renovation of the winemaking facilities at Calon Segur, that was not the case with Capbern Gasqueton, because the estate renovated their wine-making facilities in 2011.

One of the first moves the new owners made was to hire Laurent Dufau, who quickly turned things around. In 2014, Chateau Capbern Gasqueton produced the best wine in the history of the estate!

Chateau Capbern Vineyard, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The 33 hectare Medoc vineyard of Chateau Capbern is planted to 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. This shows a marked change in the vineyard, with more Merlot planted here.

The terroir is a mix of gravel, clay, and chalky soils. On average, the vines are close to 20 years of age. The vineyards are located in two different areas with slightly different terroirs. One part of the vineyard is situated not far from Calon Segur and Chateau Phelan Segur. The other section is closer to the Gironde river, close to Chateau Meyney.

However, the actual cellars and wine-making facilities are located in the village of Saint Estephe. The Medoc vineyards are located in two different areas with slightly different terroirs. One part of the vineyard is situated not far from Calon Segur. The other section is closer to the Gironde river.

Vinification takes place in stainless steel vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place in tank. The wine is aged in close to 60% new, French oak barrels for 18 months. There is a second wine, Le Grand Village Capbern. On average, the production of Chateau Capbern is close to 10,000 cases per vintage.

The best vintages of Chateau Capbern are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2010, 2009, 2005, 2003 and 2000.

When to Drink Chateau Capbern, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Capbern can be enjoyed early. However, the wine is often better with at least a few years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. Chateau Capbern is usually best enjoyed in the first 10-17 years of life.

Young vintages can be decanted for 1 or so. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Serving Chateau Capbern with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chateau Capbern is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Chateau Capbern Gasqueton is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted braised, and grilled dishes.

Chateau Capbern is also good when served with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, pasta, and cheese.

Château Capbern-Gasqueton Wine Tasting Notes

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2020 Château Capbern  (St. Estèphe) 93

Spicy, dark red berries, blackberry, savory herbs, cedar and cigar box open the nose. On the palate the wine is fleshy, rich, chewy and packed with ripe currants with peppery, savory herbs. There is length, freshness, complexity and character here. This a vineyard to keep an eye on as it getting better and better. The wine blends 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, 14.1% ABV. 92-94 Pts

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2019 Château Capbern  (St. Estèphe) 93

Inky dark in color, the wine kicks off with layers of plushly-textured, dark red fruits, espresso, spice and round, polished tannins. The fruit-filled finish is lush, round and opulent with length and richness in the fruits. Clearly, this is a new level of quality for Capbern. Drink from 2024-2040. 93 Points

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Spicy black raspberries, cassis and blackberry fruits with just a touch of oak, wet earth and forest leaf aromas on the nose smell great. On the palate, the wine is lush, round and opulently textured, with length and purity in the fruits. Clearly, this is a new level for Capbern. The wine is a blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot, reaching 15.1% alcohol. 92-94 Pts

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2018 Château Capbern  (St. Estèphe) 92

Forest floor, tobacco leaf, wet earth, coffee bean, smoke, thyme and red currants open the wine. Medium-bodied, juicy, forward, bright and fresh, with a nice tangy note in the red currant finish, this is one of the better values in Left Bank Bordeaux todayl 92 Points

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Ripe, medium-bodied, juicy, forward and already delicious, this is a fabulous vintage for Capbern that will be easy to drink on release. You'll find a nice depth of fruit and flavor here on the palate and in the finish. The wine was made from 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot. 91-93 Pts

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2017 Château Capbern  (St. Estèphe) 91

Alert, titillating, ripe and floral on the nose with a unique blend of earthy raspberries and cassis. Moving to the palate, the wine is medium bodied, the fruit is bright, sweet, crisp, crunchy and spicy. The blend was made from 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. 91 Points

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2016 Château Capbern  (St. Estèphe) 92

Blackberry, citrus, spice, earth and cassis provide the perfume for this potential first date. On the palate, the wine is fresh, vibrant, spicy, pure and yet another blast of citrus, which intrigues me. Fast forward to black fruits, chocolate and spice in the finish. 92 Points

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2015 Château Capbern  (St. Estèphe) 88

Medium-bodied with black raspberries and cassis fruits from top to bottom. Polished, fresh and fruity, with a forward, early drinking character. 88 Points

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Medium-bodied with a splash of tannin and a freshness of fruit on the mouth, this wine reveals dark, red fruits, espresso, herbs and olives. Made with a blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and, for the first time, Petit Verdot was part of the mingle at 4%. Note, this is the second vintage with the, shortened name. 87 - 89 Pts

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2014 Château Capbern  (St. Estèphe) 90

From the smoky fruits and softness in the tannins to the allure of the finish, there’s much to like about this polished, medium-bodied delight. Ripe and dark, this wine reached 14.2% alcohol. 88-91 Pts

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2013 Château Capbern-Gasqueton  (St. Estèphe) 83

Floral and light red berry aromas add a bit to this light, bright, red berry wine. There is not much depth here. 82-84 Pts

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2012 Château Capbern-Gasqueton  (St. Estèphe) 88

Fresh, soft, forward, early drinking Medoc, with a gentle black cherry and spice filled character. 88 Points

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2010 Château Capbern-Gasqueton  (St. Estèphe) 87

Approachable, medium bodied, cherry and cassis dominated wine delivers an earthy, spicy, red berry finish. 87 Points

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2009 Château Capbern-Gasqueton  (St. Estèphe) 89

Black cherry, licorice, leaf and black raspberry notes, along with scents of espresso bean open this blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc. Medium bodied, with slightly dusty tannins and a fresh, black cherry finish are found in this wine. It's aready fun to drink. 89 Points

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2005 Château Capbern-Gasqueton  (St. Estèphe) 75

Tart, light and bright, this crisp, red cherry earth and spice filled wine needs to be consumed if you like the wine as it's not going to get any better with more age. 75 Points

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