This excellent estate situated between Calon Segur and Montrose benefits from the same wine making team as Calon Segur: Laurent Dufau, Vincent Millet and Eric Boissenot. It has now dropped the Gasqueton from its name and will just be called 'Capbern'. 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot, this is very dark fruited and elemental with hints of coal dust, cassis and earth. There is plenty of stuffing, good texture and a savoury and dark chocolate finish with just a few hints of red berry fruit coming through. This has developed beautifully in the cellar and exceeds our initial appraisal. Classically styled, yet with a generous seem of sweet fruit at its core, it is already approaching its peek, and should drink well for another 5-10 years
Capbern occupies 41 hectares, excellently situated to the south of Calon Segur and not far from the other leading lights on the appellation, Montrose and Cos d’Estournel. The wines offer very good value for money. They display classic St Estephe minerality, ample black fruit character and in the best vintages will reward ten year’s cellaring. In June 2012, following the death of Denise Capbern Gasqueton, the estate formed part of the €170M purchase of Calon Segur by French insurance company Suravenir.