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
|Score: 87/89||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (194), May 2011|
Tasted blind at the Southwold Bordeaux 2010 tasting. The Château Capbern-Gasqueton 2010 has a lovely leafy, cigar box nose with bright black fruit unfolding with just a little encouragement. The oak is nicely integrated here. The palate is medium-bodied with taut and quite fine tannins. It is a little more pointed than its peers but with plenty of freshness and vitality on the well-defined finish. This is a great Saint Estephe. Tasted January 2014.
|Score: 92||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, February 2014|
Tasted at Calon-Segur, this sample was taken from a new barrel, though it will be raised in 80% new oak. This is the first vintage to be vinified at the new cuverie and is a blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon and 27% Merlot with the addition of 10% vin de presse. This has an attractive bouquet with brambly black fruits, a touch of hot slate and wild hedgerow. Very natural. The palate is medium-bodied with powdery tannins on the entry, good acidity and a lot of freshness on the finish, with notes of blackberry, wild strawberry and a touch of tobacco. What a great Saint Estephe! Drink 2012-2022. Tasted March 2011.
|Score: 90/92||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2011|
There is some sweet fruit on the nose backed by the fragrance of violets. Red fruits show on the palate giving a lovely vibrant freshness with sweeter black fruits filling out the mid and back palate. The finish is fresh slightly rustic but with good length.
|Score: 89/92||Derek Smedley MW, April 2011|
|Score: 94||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2011|
Only the second year this wine has been offered en primeur. A separate, very varied plot in which 26 of 37 ha have been planted. Mainly Cabernet Sauvignon but 30% Merlot, especially on a parcel of high limestone. In 2010 they built a new cuvier to improve Capbern in which each plot can be vinified separately. Lively deep crimson. Oddly, this seems fuller and sweeter than the 2009 - very punchy. Firm then furry tannins on the end and a big core of ripe fruit in the middle. Quite open and developed without that much acidity. He says he has already added 10% press wine. I found this a bit less energetic than the 2009. Good but not necessarily such a good buy (though of course we don't know the prices yet…)
|Score: 16.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2011|
This 38 hectare property in Saint Estephe is owned and managed by the Gasqueton family of Calon Segur. 26 are in production and the average age of the vines is 20 years old. This 2010 is made from 73% Cabernet Sauvignon and 27% Merlot. 14% Alcohol. This is the first vintage to be vinified in the new cellars built just behind the church in St.Estephe. This is a great little wine and seems to get better each year. Good purity of fruit (again like the Grand Vin) with blackberry, blueberry and a touch of damson. There is also a hint of mocha. Very smooth and integrated tannins and the wine is balanced with requisite acidity. On the palate and finish it seemed a little tight now, but will open out in time. The finish is suitably long. If this remains at the same price it'll be a bargain of the vintage.
|Score: 16||Farr Vintners, April 2011|
Lovely cassis nose, smoothness of texture and weight, a polished and classy wine. Drink 2016-26.
|Score: 17||Steven Spurrier, Decanter.com, April 2011|