2009 Capbern Gasqueton, St-Estèphe
From a 41-ha vineyard planted on high-lying gravel croupes. Vineyards are densely planted with 6,000 vines/ha and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. Vines are on average 35 years old and the grapes were hand-harvested. One-third new French oak was used in maturation. Capbern Gasqueton has belonged to the Gasqueton family for 10 generations. They also own Calon-Ségur and this wine was made by the talented Calon-Ségur cellar team. Invitingly rich, warm dark fruit, some oak sweetness, particularly on the palate, though the fruit drives through the middle. Full flavoured and well structured but all finely balanced. Best to wait until the oak has settled back a bit.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This cool terroir has produced a tannic yet attractive wine with lots of minerality, an elegant black cherry and slightly herbaceous note, good texture, and a traditional style. It is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc. It should drink well for a decade or more.
Calon-Ségur owns this property and produces this wine with the same level of attention to detail as their flagship wines. This is evident in the quality of the product, which flies under the radar as an excellent wine and superb value from the '09 vintage.