The majestic 19th century Château Capion has a 60 hectare estate with houses and gardens, olive groves, woods, meadows and vineyards. From 2016, wine production has been drastically modernized. The results are promising. Taste the wines at ProWein.
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The current 45 hectares of Capion vineyards in Terrasses du Larzac are located northwest of Montpellier, between the Massif Central and the Mediterranean Sea. The regions of origin are AOP Terrasses du Larzac, IGP Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, AOP Languedoc and IGP Pays d’Oc.
Château Capion positions itself with various price levels in the higher quality class of what the Languedoc wine region has to offer. The domain does not (yet) have an importer in the Netherlands and Belgium.
The vast majority of the Capion wines are blends of several grape varieties. The only exceptions are the red (cabernet sauvignon) and white wine (chardonnay) from Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert. There are also wines from one grape variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cinsault and Chardonnay.
White grape varieties in the vineyards include Petit Manseng, Vermentino, Roussanne, Viognier, Bourboulenc, Clairette, Petit Manseng, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Black grapes: Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvèdre and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Terroir and biodiversity
Care for the terroir, soil and biodiversity has been at the heart of Château Capion’s philosophy since 2016, when a new team led by a new winemaker took over. The winery is advised by, among others, the eminent microbiologists Claude and Lydia Bourguignon.
The overstated research conclusion of this duo in 1990 that there is “more microbiological life in the Sahara than in the soil of French vineyards” has inspired many quality-conscious and ambitious winemakers. Today they are the world’s most celebrated soil consultants.
Château Capion shares the vision of Lydia and Claude Bourguignon that good wine starts with a good terroir, biodiversity and healthy, living soil. The subsoil of the various plots consists of sandstone, clay, alluvial silt and limestone gravel. Since 2020, all Capion vineyards are certified organic.
In this pursuit of the best possible terroir wines, the wine estate is strengthened by the fact that it benefits from the same climate and terroir as their world-famous neighbours. From Château Capion it is a 500 meter walk to the vineyards of Mas de Daumas Gassac.
Wines and Scores
The ambitions are rewarded. Several cuvées, white and red, with designations of origin AOP Terrasses du Larzac and AOP Languedoc, including the ultra-premium cuvée Le Songe d’Eocene, score between 90 and 96 points internationally, among others from Wine Advocate and Andrew Jefford (Decanter).
Château Capion Blanc 2017 (AOP Languedoc, an elegant blend of Rousanne and Viognier) even scored Platinum at the Decanter World Wine Award in 2019, the highest medal at this wine inspection, good for 98 points. An admirable result.
Capion’s bestsellers are the wines under the label Le Chemin des Garennes. Partly due to the good price-quality ratio, these wines are doing very well on the international wine market. These are Le Chemin des Garennes Rouge (Grenache, Cinsault and Mourvèdre, AOP Terrasses du Larzac) and Le Chemin des Garennes Blanc (Vermentino, Roussanne, Viognier and Clairette, AOP Languedoc)
Finally, three IGP Pays d’Oc wines – red, white and rosé – under the Les Fantaisies label combine art and wine, with the bottles labeled by modern artists. Every vintage sustains one modern artist.
Château Capion will be present at ProWein. Lara, marketing manager of Château Capion: “We want the globe to learn more about our winery and good quality wines!”
Meet Château Capion at ProWein
ProWein: D99/Hall10 – 19-21 March in Düsseldorf
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