2023 Capbern (St-Estephe)

69% Cabernet Sauvignon/29% Merlot/1% Cabernet Franc/1% Petit Verdot
Aged for 18 months in oak, 60% new
St-Estephe, Medoc, Bordeaux FRANCE
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Dominant Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon
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89 points, Jane Anson, janeanson.com, April 2024
91-93 points, William Kelley, robertparker.com, 26 April 2024
89-91 points, Neil Martin, vinous.com, April 2024
90-92 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2024
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2023 Capbern (St-Estephe)

Media Reviews

Jane Anson

Highly spiced blackberry and cassis fruits, liquorice root, coffee beans, creamy cappucino, even a touch of grated ginger which adds freshness to what is a pretty intense Capbern. The alcohols are unusually high for the vintage in this sector of Bordeaux, and it brings a supple character to the tannins and a rich texture to the fruit - underlining that Capbern is far away from the tradionally-framed St Estèphe it was in the past. 45hl/h yield, 60% new oak for ageing, harvested September 6. 89 points

William Kelley

A serious, brooding wine, the 2023 Capbern offers up aromas of cassis and dark berries mingled with licorice and spices. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and layered, with good depth and concentration, it`s built around lively acids and powdery tannins. It`s a blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon (an unusually high proportion for Capbern) and 29% Merlot with the balance Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. 91-93 points

Neil Martin

The 2023 Capbern was picked from September 6 to 20 at 45hL/ha, matured in 60% new oak. Alcohol is stated at 14.6%. It has a ripe, plush bouquet with brambly red fruit, raspberry confit and just a hint of orange rind coming through with aeration. The palate is well-balanced and cohesive, with slightly powdery tannins, gentle grip and a touch of warmth on the spice box-tinged finish. The acidity (pH is 3.7) keeps this on an even keel, but I would be inclined to drink it after two or three years. 89-91 points

Antonio Galloni

The 2023 Capbern is a plush, sensual wine. Juicy dark plum, spice, mocha, gravel and incense are all amplified in this racy, wonderfully inviting Saint-Estephe. Soft, supple tannins wrap it all together in style. Readers looking for an affordable wine to drink over the next 10-12 years will adore this. Superb. 90-92 points

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