2009 Capbern Gasqueton, St-Estèphe

SKU #1084904 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A blend 72% Cabernet Sauvignon and 28% Merlot raised in 50% new oak and 50% one-year old barrels. The Capbern-Gasqueton 2009 has a very precise bouquet with ample red fruits: wild strawberry and raspberry with subtle earth and liquorice notes underneath and beginning to rise to the surface with each swirl of the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with good fruit concentration, slightly chalky tannins at this stage, good tension and mineralite coming through towards the finish with blacker fruits, one again with a hint of liquorice. Nice length and persistency. Great value + great wine equals happy customer. (NM)  (1/2012)

Jancis Robinson

 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.  (7/2013)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 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.  (6/2011)

K&L Notes

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.

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Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/17/2016 | Send Email
The 2009 Capbern Gasqueton, St-Estèphe is a veritable showcase for everything that is right about the ’09 vintage – wonderfully fresh and lively with loads of sweet, dark fruit and positively silky, ultrafine tannins. Add to that a hauntingly floral nose with deft touches of toasty, spicy oak that is just damn sexy. No other word for it. What a pleasure to be able to revisit this wine now four years after release! An outstanding value. Delicious to drink now or to cellar for a few years more.

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/3/2016 | Send Email
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For value 2009 Bordeaux, nothing beats this wine. There must be a liitle juice from Calon Segur in here. So ripe and sweet and delicious. Toast oak aromas and red fruit flavors. Great spice on the palate. Will cellar ten more years, but why wait? Tonight with a rack of lamb.
Drink from 2016 to 2026

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/17/2016 | Send Email
Owned by Calon Segur and a superb value, this has striking aromas of potting soil, dark cherries, herbs and dried flowers. The firm and husky middle is filled with warm, dark fruit and a damp clay mineral edge that supports the ripe tannin. This is classic St-Estephe.

Staff Image By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/31/2016 | Send Email
As evidenced by the reviews below, this wine is the real deal! In the first of two stellar back to back vintages, this 2009 Capbern Gasqueton Bordeaux has both the vintage and the winemakers working wonders. Mocha, mellow black cherry and blackberry fruit, and vanilla notes alongside great acid and fine tannins. Deftly balanced, delicious now and for years to come. This wine is worth grabbing a few extra bottles for storage.

Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/29/2016 | Send Email
This shows lovely depth of fruit and fine tannins. Lots of subtle fruit with spices, cedar, and berry. Hints of chocolate. The texture is gorgeous. Same producers as Calon Segur. Two thumbs up !!!

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/12/2016 | Send Email
If you don't think Bordeaux offers a good value, this Capbern Gasqueton is ready to prove you wrong! This 2009 is showing super well right now, and seems to have all of the pieces in place to keep for quite a while should you so choose. It has excellent dark cassis fruit and mocha like aromas on its quite complex nose as well as lovely texture and a medium to full body. This fantastic wine has a lot of fruit, but no heaviness or residual sugar... The hardest thing for me will be keeping my hands off of it now so I can have some for later!
Drink from 2016 to 2029

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/28/2015 | Send Email
Maybe as good a deal as anyone is likely to find in this vintage. Made by the same team from Calon Segur, this is an affordable wine built for the long haul. I bought half a case without blinking. Delicious black cherry flavors with minerality to balance it out. Fine tannins. Buy fast.

Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/9/2014 | Send Email
Dark crimson color. The nose has beautiful notes of coffee, violets, plums, blackberries and chocolate, along with classic crushed stones. All that transitions on the palate to a very marked chocolate covered cherry, vanilla, balanced by the medium+ acidity and a marked amount of tannins. This is a warm and inviting wine, with a perfect balance between the ripeness of fruit, tannins and the oak notes. Very well put together. It will age beautifully.

Staff Image By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/3/2012 | Send Email
This wine has been under the ownership of the Gasqueton family (Calon-Ségur) for 10 generations, and the excellence of the management team shows. The vineyards lie between Montrose and Phelan-Ségur. It was aged in only 1/3 new oak, and only 10,000 cases were made. The nose is bright and fresh with lovely red currant and spice. The palate shows more ripeness to the red fruit with almost heady aromas and plenty of minerality. This is a lovely wine for only $23!

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


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Saint Estephe

- The northern-most of the Medoc communes, St. Estephe is quickly becoming one of the favorite areas for both high quality and great value Bordeaux reds. While it has fewer classified growths than the other communes, it also boasts some of the hottest up and coming chateaux of the last several. The most famous chateaux are the second growths Montrose and Cos d'Estournel with Calon Segur (3rd growth), Lafon Rochet (4th growth), and Cos Labory (5th growth) rounding out the cru classe wines. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the area, but plantings of Merlot are on the rise resulting in rounder, fatter, flashier wines than in years past.
Alcohol Content (%): 14