Château Capbern

Château Capbern

St-Estèphe 2016

Bordeaux, France

Regular price$311.00
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My love affair with Château Capbern began in 2014, a vintage overlooked for the quality available in St-Estèphe, in particular, and was very reasonably priced across the board. Owned and run by the team at Château Calon-Ségur, it's no wonder that the quality produced here punches well above its weight.
However, the 2016 Capbern took things to another level, and it remains one of the wines I'm most excited to open. The last bottle I had was about 18 months ago, and while it was outstanding, I thought it could really benefit from another 2-3 years of aging and so the case I have in storage remains patiently sleeping.
The density and concentration of fruit are superb, and while the fruit is ripe, there's a delightful savoury character to the wine that almost reminds me of something akin to a Northern Rhône Syrah. The finish is long and rounded. I truly cannot imagine a wine at this level that brings me as much joy.

Style: Red Drink from: 2021
ABV: 13.5% Drink to: 2036
Packaging: OWC Stock arriving: In Stock
Critic scores
92 RP, 92 NM, 92 AG, 93 JS, 92 LPB, 17.5 JR, 94 JA, 92 TA, 92 DC, 93 GM, 94 JD
Critic reviews
"The 2016 Capbern is a blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot aged for 18 months in 60% new and 40% one-year-old oak. Deep garnet-purple colored, it leaps from the glass with cedar, blackberries and blueberries with wafts of tobacco, bay leaves and scorched earth. Medium to full-bodied, elegant and vibrant in the mouth, it possesses lovely poise and an earthy finish."
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, November 2018

"The 2016 Capbern from the Calon-Ségur team, matured in 50-60% new oak, has a wonderful bouquet of blackberry, pencil lead and light floral aromas that leap out of the glass. The beautifully balanced palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, leading to a supple, smooth but complex graphite finish. This is a superb Capbern, easily the best ever made."
Neal Martin, December 2018

"The 2016 Capbern is racy, bold and savory, with tons of energy from the Cabernet that drives the blend. Crushed rose petal, mint, dried herbs, licorice and lavender are some of the many notes that open up in the glass. Medium in body and gracious, this deceptively mid-weight Saint-Estèphe has a lot to offer. Time in barrel seems to have given the 2016 a bit more spine and tannic edge, which adds to an impression of freshness. What a gorgeous wine it is. Tasted three times."
Antonio Galloni, December 2018

"Deep ruby colour, similar to the 2014 but with a little more vibrancy. On the palate, the depth and concentration is clear, with layers of damson plum, cocoa bean, mandarin peel, earth and peat. Full of charm and character, with higher alcohols than many but no trace of heat."
Jane Anson, October 2022

"Tasted blind. Very dark crimson. Juicy and lively with real pace and intensity and some chalky, slightly inky, dry finish. Good fruit concentration. VGV"
Jancis Robinson, February 2020, JancisRobinson.com

"Very pretty fruit with dark berries, plums and currants. Hints of sweet tobacco. Medium bodied, firm and silky. Lovely, juicy finish with delicious acidity at the end. The 18 per cent of fabulous cabernet franc in this makes it special. Hard not to drink now, but better in 2023."
James Suckling, January 2019

"Exudes joy and precision, with a rich, generous nose of dark, ripe fruit and a juicy but fine aspect to the palate. The tannins are well honed and a bright acidity gives lift, freshness and length on the finish. Aged for 18 months in 60% new oak barrels; includes 2% Petit Verdot. Same ownership as Calon-Ségur, where Eric Boissenot also consults."
James Lawther MW, July 2021, Decanter.com

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Critics

AG
Antonio Galloni, vinous.com
AM
Allan Meadows, Burghound.com
DC
Decanter, Decanter.com
GM
Gus McLean, AbingdonFineWine.com
JA
Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com
JD
Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com
JR
Jancis Robinson, JancisRobinson.com
JS
James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com
LPB
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, TheWineIndependent.com
NM
Neal Martin, RobertParker.com
RP
Various, RobertParker.com
TA
Tim Atkin, TimAtkin.com
VM
Various, vinous.com

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