Château Capion Languedoc, the pleasure of the senses

 From South Africa to Languedoc: originally from Switzerland, the Bührer family has built a mini-empire of wine, the pillar of which is Château Capion, in Gignac (Hérault). A majestic estate which invites visitors to give themselves over to a “walk of the senses” within the heart of the vineyard.

In almost fifteen years, a family of wine globe-trotters succeeded in making a name for themselves in Languedoc, practically on an equal footing with their illustrious neighbors, Grange des Pères and Mas Daumas Gassac. It was in 1996 that the Bührer family, originally from Switzerland, moved to Gignac, in Hérault, in order to take over Château Capion. The Bührers were also at the head of a Saxenburg vineyard, in South Africa: an old estate that the father, Adrian, acquired towards the end of the 1980s, completely setting it back on its feet, turning it into a reference in the southern hemisphere. Driven by the force of a builder, Adrian Bührer aspires to achieve the same feat in the Languedoc: to awaken a “sleeping beauty”.

A rejuvenated vineyard

With his wife Birgit and their five children, Adrian Bührer trekked up and down the region in search of a vineyard… until Aimé Guibert, the owner of the prestigious Mas Daumas Gassac winery, informed them that the estate neighboring his own was up for sale. Despite the poor state of the vineyard and the buildings, Adrian Bührer had faith in the potential of the terroir, ideally located on the Terrasses de Languedoc. Thus, he started major renovations to rejuvenate the estate: replanting, high vine training, grass cover, plowing, natural fertilizers, and precise plot selection. Investments are also being made to construct a new, gravity-based cellar and brand new vats (stainless steel and small capacity cement vats), always with the same goal in mind: to constantly improve the quality of their wines.

The wines of Château Capion are receiving more and more laudatory comments from tasters, starting with a certain Robert Parker. Vincent, one of Birgit and Adrian Bührer’s five children, is now at the helm of the château, assisted by the estate’s technical director Frédéric Kast since 2007. The latter, who worked for several years in Alsace before moving to Languedoc, is helping to change the style of Capion wines. He is swapping the “New World-style” effusive extractions, with more finesse, to better express the character of the terroir, a small plot of gravely soil (devoted to the Cabernets and Merlots) neighboring a vast limestone base and sustained by an abundant underground water source.

Three ranges of wine

Château Capion’s wines are divided into three ranges: the “Family Collection”, fruity and seductive vins de pays; the “Cardinal Collection”, more structured and complex wines; and the “Château” range, which constitutes the “crème de la crème” of the estate. Their Château Capion red is a blended wine, predominated by Syrah, whose maturing process was aimed at creating a balance between power and precision, opulence and tenseness. True southern wines that require time in order to fully express all their personality. The châteaux’s wines range in price from approximately 7 € to 25 €.

In order to make their wines more well-known internationally, the Bührer family happily welcome people to their estate. Four guest houses have been fitted out in the middle of the vineyard: one in the château, two in out-houses, and one in a restored dovecote. They have also put together a “walk of the senses” throughout the vineyard: a guided tour during which hearing, touch, sight, smell, and taste are fully solicited. A way to better appreciate the charm of the landscapes of the Languedoc region and the diversity of the wines of Château Capion.

Source: Terre de vin

 

The new website http://www.chateaucapion.com is a beautifully crafted website and helps bring out the unique charm of the winery as well as give readers the information they require to understand more about the wines, the terroir and the vintage / harvest reports.

Acclaimed French boutique winery, Château Capion has launched a new website to showcase the estate and their new range of wines. The website developed by STRANGE, a specialsit Digital agency who has also developed online and internet marketing solutions for brands such as Kumala, DaLuca and Saxenberg.

Isabelle Forêt

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