Madame Gasqueton – the iron fist of Calon-Segur
According to Wine Spectator, the Saint-Estèphe third growth, Château Calon-Ségur, has been rumoured to have sold for $212.5 million dollars.
Since the formidable Madam Gasqueton passed away in 2011, the fate of Calon, which had been under her iron grip since 1985, has been under question.
Despite Calon-Ségur’s current co-owners and a prominent Bordeaux château owner rumored to be involved in the purchase, neither denying or verifying the rumour, several sources have claimed that the transaction is underway.
Madame Capbern-Gasqueton was one of Bordeaux’s most well-respected and well known vignerons and is a great loss to the industry.
Madame married into Calon-Segur in 1947, yet since the death of her husband in 1985 Madame G had been forcibly at the helm – the ‘Margaret Thatcher’ of the wine world who’s unwavering confidence in the terroir of Saint-Estephe and Calon-Segur made the Chateau one of Bordeaux’s most loved classed growths.
I was fortunate to have met Madame Capbern-Gasqueton just once on a field visit to Bordeaux. Fortunate, because very few were allowed into the hallowed environment in which such rigorous winemaking and attention to detail made Calon such a Bordeaux powerhouse under Madame’s iron grip. I was immediately struck by the size of the great lady’s shoes, an image which has stuck with me like Thatcher’s handbag.
But the iron lady of wine, was strangely endearing. You knew where you were with Mdme and you were in a very special place. Her place. The Calon name is wrapped up in a big heart, a heart Madame Capbern-Gasqueton proudly wore on her sleeve.
Elsewhere in Bordeaux, Baron Eric de Rothschild has purchased 15 acres from Pomerol’s Château La Croix-de-Gay. The acquisition will go towards expanding Château L’Evangile (to 55 acres) owned by Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite), which is quite significant when you consider the average estate size in Pomerol is just 10 acres.