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Capbern 2021

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Left Bank > St Estèphe
Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

This Saint Estèphe property was formerly known as Capbern Gasqueton and has the same owners and wine-making team as Calon Ségur. The vineyard is 38 hectares and planted 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. It is situated, in one block, between Phélan Segur and Meyney. Quality has jumped massively in recent vintages and this is clearly a source of one of Bordeaux's best bargains.

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Tasting Notes

Offering up aromas of dark berries, plums, spices, rose petals and loamy soil, the 2021 Capbern is a medium to full-bodied, lively and charming wine with beautifully refined tannins and an impressively penetrating finish. It's a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot that attained 12.8% alcohol.

William Kelley, Wine Advocate (260), April 2022

The 2021 Capbern was cropped at 36hL/ha with a 20-day cuvaison, and matured in 60% new oak for a planned 18 months. It has an attractive, fragrant bouquet of vivacious black and blue fruit, a lovely pencil box element emanating from the Cabernet Sauvignon. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit, respectable weight and acidity and a saline finish. Not the most complex Saint-Estèphe you will find, but commendable for the vintage and thoroughly enjoyable. (12.8% alcohol)

Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2022

Capbern escaped the frost in 2021 and has a yield of 36 hl/ha. 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot. Bright purple in colour with a wonderfully aromatic nose of violets, cherry skins and a touch of vanilla. The palate is bright with blue fruit and lively with fresh acidity. This is a compact and succulent wine with soft tannins and moreish sweet fruit that will be delicious in the mid term. Though the fruit is ripe and prominent it is not heavy or opulent thanks to the persistent refreshing acidity. Peppery and driven on the finish.

Thomas Parker MW, Farr Vintners, April 2022

A medium-bodied, firm and very fresh red with crunchy black-fruit and bark character. Tight, fine tannins. Mineral and tea-like quality. 70% cabernet sauvignon, 28% merlot and 2% petit verdot.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, May 2022

The 2021 Capbern is composed of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, and 2% Petit Verdot. Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, it comes tumbling out with notes of kirsch, redcurrants, and black raspberries with hints of tobacco. Light-bodied, the palate delivers crunchy red fruits with soft tannins and a crisp backbone, finishing on an herbal note. Yields came in at 36 hl/ha.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Independent, May 2022

70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot. Cask sample.
Focused and direct. Long and linear but juicy as well with fine-grained tannins and a minerally tone that persists. Freshness and balance on the finish. GV? (JL) 12.8%
Drink 2027 – 2040

James Lawther MW, JancisRobinson.com, May 2022
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