Bordeaux 2011 – Château Capbern-Gasqueton and Marquis de Calon

Chateau Calon Segur 2011, Lay & Wheeler En Primeur

Calon-Ségur has been going from strength to strength over the past few years, and young winemaker Vincent Millet’s expertise and talent have a lot to do with this. This knowledge is put to excellent use in the property’s second wine, Marquis de Calon (never offered en-primeur before) and the other St Estèphe property he manages, Château Capbern-Gasqueton. The latter was one of our top choices for value for money in the “drinking clarets” category, with its pretty aromatics and silky smooth, seductive texture.

2011 Château Capbern-Gasqueton, Cru Bourgeois St Estèphe
£129 per case of 12 in bond

Under the same ownership and vinified in Calon-Ségur’s brand new cellars, a violet core of moderate intensity leads onto a very pretty violet tinged floral nose. With raspberries and vibrant summer fruit the palate crackles with verve and energy. Classically styled and elegantly structured with a delightfully pure expression of fruit, this is undoubtedly one of the great value buys of Bordeaux.  Drinking: 2015-2025

2011 Marquis de Calon, Saint-Estèphe
£156 per case of 12 in bond

Representing just 30% of production and with the majority of fruit sourced from low yielding merlot vines planted on drought resistant clay based soils. The ripe damson and fruitcake laden nose has a top note of dark chocolate whilst there is lively acidity and freshness to the front palate which is filled out with plump and fleshy plum fruit and a touch of spice. Tannins are fine grained and velvety in texture, the lasting impression is one of elegance, balance and refinement. Technical director Vincent Millet considers “2011 closer to 2010 than 2008 in terms of quality”.  Drinking: 2015-2025

Ludovic Surina

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