2010 Capbern Gasqueton, St-Estèphe (Pre-Arrival)
Heavily dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, this is a big, bold, black wine, full of immense, smoky tannins. It has a rich structure, followed by deliciously juicy acidity. The dry tannins of Saint-Estèphe are well cushioned by the rich fruit.
Lovely velvety tannins and chocolate, berry and toasted oak character. Full and round. Yummy depth of fruit. 73% Cabernet Sauvignon and 27% Merlot.
Pure, inviting cassis fruit. Glossy and juicy even though it is fully structured. Deliciously fresh and bright. Lots of pleasure.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Composed of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon and 27% Merlot, this is one of the Gasqueton family's finest efforts to date (although the 2009 was also very good). The dark ruby/purple-tinged 2010 exhibits plenty of delicious red and blackberry fruit, medium body and more size and substance than most past vintages. It should drink well for a decade or more.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(a 73/27 blend of cabernet sauvignon and merlot; 3.75 ph; 14% alcohol) Dark ruby. Perfumed, floral aromas of black cherry, violet and lavender. Enters bright and fruity, with savory black cherry and blackcurrant flavors, then turns increasingly tight and austere on the back, finishing with slightly astringent tannins and persistent, pure black fruit flavors. Though this is a little tannic at present, there's enough fruit here to allow for optimism: after an excellent 2009, this is yet another very good Capbern-Gasqueton. That it's taken very seriously by the staff at Calon-Segur, which owns this property, can be inferred from the 80% new oak used to age this wine.
72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot.