2020 Capbern (St-Estephe)

St-Estephe, Medoc, Bordeaux FRANCE
Wine Style
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon
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Wine Score
91 points, Jane Anson, decanter.com, May 2021
88-90 points, Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2021 89-91+ points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, robertparker.com, May 2021
17 points, James Lawther MW, jancisrobinson.com, April 2021
89-91 points, Michael Schuster,
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Media Reviews

Jane Anson

Fragrant with fresh lilac and peonies on the aromatics, fairly high acidities overall with sculpted blackcurrant fruits. A higher level of Cabernet Sauvignon than in recent years after the replanting in the vineyard. 1% Cabernet Franc completes the blend, 3.85pH, 60% new oak. A yield of 33hl/ha. 91 points

Neal Martin

The 2020 Capbern has a delineated, earthy nose with predominantly black fruit and light estuarine scents, although it needs a little more intensity. The palate is medium-bodied with a tannic, slightly austere opening, saline and lightly spiced with a pleasant bitter edge towards the finish. Maybe a little short? It should fill out during its élevage so let’s see if it just gains persistence then. 88-90 points

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW

The 2020 Capbern is composed of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, weighing in with 14.1% alcohol. It is due to be aged for around 18 months in French oak barrels, 60% new. Deep purple-black in color, the 2020 Capbern sings of black cherries, mulberries and redcurrant jelly, with hints of candied violets, wild sage and fertile loam. The medium-bodied palate has impressive verve and freshness, featuring soft, well-managed tannins, red and black berry layers and a mineral-tinged finish. 89-91+ points

James Lawther MW

Dense but vibrant and aromatic. Plenty of crunchy fruit and freshness. Bigger structure than 2019, closer to 2018, the tannins firm and textured. Dry, persistent finish. One for the cellar. Should be GV. 17 points

Michael Schuster

A nose that is above all mineral; full, fresh to vital in acidity, fine in tannin, a lovely balance; sweet cassis-cored to taste, crisply defined by its Cabernet acidity, intense yet restrained, particularly refined, and fresh in the “hot-year” context, and with lovely length. Likely to be very good value. Drink 2025–35+. 89–91 points

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