“Syrah is one of the noblest black grapes and with the unique conditions we have here we get wonderful hints of dark chocolate, spices and pepper and even a hint of leather.”
- Frédéric Kast
The Languedoc is a beautiful region laden with history dating back to Roman times. The Gassac Valley is part of the foothills of the great Cevennes mountain range and features distinctive river gorges which define the landscape.
Château Capion, situated just 30 kilometers from the Mediterranean Sea on France’s southern coast encompasses 75 hectares. The castle and it’s formal gardens nestle up against the Gassac River, with views of Mt. Baudile and the Gassac Valley. Approximately 48 hectares are thoughtfully planted to varietals that will best thrive in the particular and varied soils of the estate, which is largely organically managed.
Limestone is predominant, with sections of interspersed red clay soil in concentrated deposits. Although the Buhrer family has planted Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc on the scattered patches of argile bleue, the Château’s calcareous sandstone and limestone soils are particularly successful for Syrah. These well-drained soils yield stones that differ in size from small pebbles to very large rocks and vines range in age from 30 to more than 80 years old and rely solely on rainfall and a deep and generous water table to keep the vines hydrated. Vineyards are surrounded by the garrigue native to the region — sage, fennel, lavender and thyme — subtly managed to impart an elegant and distinctive terroir to the wine.
Syrah from these vines has earned the Château high marks from Decanter Magazine, Guide Parker (Robert Parker’s wine guide to France) and Andrew Jefford’s, The New France.