2016 Ch Capbern St Estèphe - 12x75cl
  • Colour Red
  • Producer Château Capbern
  • Region St Estèphe
  • Grape Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot
  • Drinking 2022 - 2032
  • Case size 12x75cl
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2016 - Ch Capbern St Estèphe - 12x75cl

  • Colour Red
  • Producer Château Capbern
  • Region St Estèphe
  • Grape Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot
  • Drinking 2022 - 2032
  • Case size 12x75cl
  • Available Now
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Case price: £302.14 Duty Paid inc VAT
Case price: £225.00 In Bond
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  • Neal Martin, January 2019, Score: 92

    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. 2021 - 2040

  • Neal Martin, April 2017, Score: 90-92

    The 2016 Capbern (the erstwhile "Château Capbern-Gasqueton") is a blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, delivering around 14% alcohol with a total acidity of 3.5 grams per liter. It was cropped at 42 hectoliters per hectare and is being matured in 60% new French oak. It has a clean and precise bouquet with blackberry, mint and just a hint of boot polish. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin; this is a typical Saint-Estèphe in terms of a bold, almost Montrose-like tannic structure, gently grippy with more than enough freshness on the pert finish. There is a lovely touch of cracked black pepper on the aftertaste. Give this three or four years in bottle as this is a fine Château Capbern. Drink Date 2021 - 2040

  • Antonio Galloni, January 2019, Score: 92

    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. 2021 - 2036

  • Antonio Galloni, April 2017, Score: 90-92

    One of the sleepers of the vintage, the 2016 Capbern is a gorgeous wine. Plump, juicy and expressive, with good aromatic nuance throughout, the Capbern is once again terrific. Sweet tobacco, grilled herbs, licorice and succulent red cherry infuse this racy, exquisitely beautiful Saint-Estèphe. The Cabernet Sauvignon is quite expressive today, while soft contours and silky tannins add to the wine's considerable appeal. The 2016 is without question the most complete of the mid-tier Saint-Estèphes. Don't miss it. Tasted three times.

  • James Suckling, April 2017, Score: 92-93

    Love the stone, tar and black currant in this. Full and tight with firm and silky tannins and a long, long finish. Spicy, too. Can’t wait to see how this evolves. Serious.

  • Matthew Jukes, April 2017, Score: 17+

    Winemaker Vincent Millet explained that the big diurnal temperature differences in August, between 15C at night and 40C during the day lead, to great finesse in this wine because while it gained superb ripeness the crucial acidity was still present and in perfect balance. This is a little richer and a little darker than the superb 2015 and it is a wine with considerable focus but also incredible freshness. This is a superb vintage for Capbern.

  • Jancis Robinson, April 2017, Score: 17

    69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 4% very old Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. 60% new oak. Very deep crimson. Round and flattering texture with lots of zappy tannin. A little more angular than the famous 2009 but very easy to drink. Tannins quite marked at the moment. Very round tannins but they are there in such profusion that you will have to wait... GV 14% Drink 2024-2032

  • Tim Atkin, May 2017, Score: 92

    A serious contender for the crown of best value wine of the vintage, this a supremely drinkable St Estèphe with no rough edges. Grassy, aromatic and beautifully weighted, it’s a comparatively forward style with a touch of underlying grip and a mineral flourish. 2020-28

Producer

Château Capbern

Region

St Estèphe

St Estèphe is the most northern of Médoc communal crus. Its unique terroir is made up of layers of gravel which are supported by a dense clay base. This subsoil retains water in dry seasons and works particularly well with Merlot, a largely planted variety which is used to flesh out Cabernet Sauvignon. This clay base also creates powerful, textured tannins which enable St Estèphe to stand out from the pack. Like St Julien, it is one of the four most important communal appellations of the Médoc which does not contain any first growths, despite its southern border being a stone'sthrow from Château Lafite. Nonetheless, it is home to some excellent châteaux making fine wines such as Cos d'Estournel, Montrose, Calon Ségur and Lafon Rochet.