2018 Capbern (St-Estephe)

Producer
Capbern
Origin
St-Estephe, Medoc, Bordeaux FRANCE
Colour
red
Wine Style
dry
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon
Closure Style
cork
Maturity
young
Bottle Size
37.5cl
Case Quantity
12
Wine Score
92 points, Jane Anson, decanter.com, April 2019
17 points, Julia Harding, jancisrobinson.com, April 2019
91-93 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, robertparker.com, April 2019
90-92 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2019
92-94 points, Chris Kissack
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Media Reviews

Jane Anson

A tasty, extremely appetising Capbern that, after tasting, makes you already look forward to drinking in bottle. It has a real elegance to its black fruits, and the tannins have a softness and succulence to them, leading on to a mouthwatering finish. Harvest took place between 19 September and 8 October, around one week earlier than in a classic year according to Laurent Dufau, and yielding 37hl/ha. 3.7pH. 60% new oak. 92 points

Julia Harding

62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot. pH 3.75, 60% new oak. Barrel sample. Deepest purple. Dark and stony, lovely slaty nose. Firm, chalky, dense and still with lovely freshness. Not the same richness as the 2009 but with great purity and definition. More serious, less seduction. Long and great structure. So pure in its dark cassis fruit. Cool with a touch of liquorice on the finish. 17 points

Lisa Perrotti-Brown

The 2018 Capbern is composed of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot and comes in at 14.6% alcohol. It`s anticipated to age for 16 months in barriques, 60% new. Deep purple-black in color, it leaps from the glass with vibrant scents of black raspberries, kirsch and fresh blackcurrants with nuances of cedar chest, pencil lead and forest floor plus a waft of lavender. Full-bodied, rich and packed with juicy fruit, it has a firm line of grainy tannins and loads of freshness, finishing with an herbal lift. 91-93 points

Antonio Galloni

The 2018 Capbern is expressive, nuanced and inviting, with lovely upfront fruit. In 2018, Capbern is a bit compact and tightly wound, but it also has a good deal of persistence. The Cabernet is quite marked in the 2018, which is not a bad thing, it just means the wine is going to need time to be at its best. What really stands out, though, is the push and pull between the bright aromatics that this cool, clay-rich soil helped give in 2018, and the ripe, radiant fruit of the warm summer. That interplay makes for an absolutely compelling win e. Red cherry fruit, mint, dried flowers, cedar and tobacco add aromatic nuance to this highly expressive, vibrant Saint-Estèphe. The blend is 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot. Tasted two times. 90-92 points

Chris Kissack

This is 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot. The yield is 41 hl/ha, wit pH 3.75 and the alcohol level is 14.6%, a little lower than Calon-Ségur and Marquis de Calon, from the same team. The nose is charming and expressive, with some lightly grilled hedgerow fruits, dressed with dark chocolate and black pepper. The palate is cool, precise, tense and quite grippy, with a tightly grained and polished substance. There is plenty of energy here, the end of the palate absolutely packed with grip, but also cleansed by a fresh acid seam. It culminates in a long, gripped and reassuring finish. Overall, very good. 92-94 points

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