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A Stunning 2015 Red Bordeaux - Amazing Value from a Stellar Vintage - 12/15/2017 - Red Bordeaux

While Bordeaux and value aren’t two words that often find each other in the same sentence, that is precisely what we’ve tracked down here. The 2015 Capbern from the Bordeaux appellation of St-Estèphe is superb effort that shows the brilliance of the vintage and does so at a fraction of the price one would expect. Our buying team tasted this charmer at the chateau in 2016 when it was still an unfinished wine, and even in its early state, everyone was bowled over by the quality. Fresh, vibrant, and fruit-driven, it also possesses impressive structure and range. Simply put, this a $40-plus effort that’s cloaked with a $21.99 price tag. Its profile is classic St-Estèphe through and through, with layers of delicious dark fruit being joined by touches of exotic spice and ample minerality. An utter delight to drink now it will also continue to reward over the next ten years. Given its open and accessible style it is sure to capture the interest of a very wide audience, so go ahead and pour this one for family and friends. This is your first chance to get a sense of what the stellar 2015 vintage has to offer.

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2015 Capbern, St-Estèphe ($21.99)

92-94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Despite the obvious fruitiness, this wine has an impressive amount of structure, which gives a dry core to the juicy black currant fruits and tight acidity. There is a touch of extraction in the black coffee flavors, although the main character is fruit. (RV)" (04/2016)

90-91 points James Suckling: "Very fine and polished with lovely integration and finesse. Medium to full body, fresh finish. Harmony here." (04/2016)

88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Capbern (formerly Capbern Gasqueton) is a blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot, to be matured in 60% new oak over the next 18 months. This is the first time that Petit Verdot has been included in the blend from new plantings, around ten-years-old now. It has a crisp blackberry and bilberry scented bouquet, quite linear, a floral aspect emerging after a couple of minutes in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with quite a structured opening, a decidedly more masculine Capbern Gasqueton in the making, with a slight tinniness towards the finish. Give this 3-4 years in bottle for the jaggedness in those tannins to soften. (NM)" (04/2016)

88-90 points Vinous: "The 2015 Capbern is striking. Pliant, open-knit and seductive, the 2015 offers lovely radiance and superb balance, especially at this level. Black cherry, plum, mint and violet notes are laced into the aromatic, silky finish. There is so much to like in this forward, fruit-driven Saint-Estèphe. (AG)" (04/2016)

90 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A rocking wine from the northern Médoc is the 2015 Château Capbern and its 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot brought up in 60% new barrels. This medium to full-bodied, ripe, impressively concentrated beauty boasts outstanding notes of ripe black cherry and currant fruits intermixed with lots of crushed flower and damp earth/clay-like nuances. It has terrific purity and ripe, yet present, tannin and will benefit from a couple years in the cellar. Its a little gem that will be loved by old-school Bordeaux lovers." (11/2017)

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 04, 2018

I never thought that I would be able to say this, but St. Estephe is the home of value for thoroughbred Bordeaux! This concentrated, even chocolaty, exotic claret has power and dark fruit to spare. It also has a surprisingly elegant, long, dry finish and very good complexity. If you are looking for a great bargain in 2015 for the cellar, look no further!

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 13, 2017

This is phenomenal wine for the price-so sweet, warm and fresh with plenty of ripe, fine tannin on the finish. Decant this tonight or lay some away for 10+ years.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 09, 2017

The first wine we tasted on the 2016 Bordeaux trip and we loved it. In fact we preferred it to the Marquis de Calon. It has just arrived and wow is it good. These 15s are easy to drink, but they are young so decant one hour on this one. It is sweet and silky. The finish screams St Estephe. Great balance and tremendous depth of flavor for just over $20. Buy a case and taste it in three years.

Staff ImageBrian Fogarty | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 08, 2017

A good, go-to Bordeaux keeps us all happy. Chateau Capbern of St Estephe delivers in a bright, energetic profile bursting with fresh cherries, violets, spicy notes and a skosh of mineral in the background echoes. On the palate the cherries remain dominate, filling your mouth with a juicy, savory charisma accented with blackberry, bramble and dark toast on a well structured frame.

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 07, 2017

The K&L team (myself included) tasted this back at the chateau in 2016 when the wine was still being finished and about fell over ourselves, gushing about the superb quality of the 2015 Capbern (and the vintage as a whole). Now that the wine is in bottle and on our shelves, it's even better. It may seem like a shame to drink a Bordeaux this young in its youth (and the Capbern will definitely reward patience), but the wine tastes SOOOO GOOD right now. The pretty, fleshy, concentrated fruit is lush and supple on the palate and the tannins are fine, almost chewy. Not only should you buy a bottle of the 2015 Capbern because it's a great wine for a great price from a great producer, you should use it as a bellweather for the vintage. 2015 is the best Bordeaux vintage since 2009 in my opinion and the wines are fruit-forward, yet never over the top; they're approachable yet nuanced and complex. Example number one is the 2015 Capbern: the best bang for your buck Bordeaux thus far at K&L from this fantastic harvest.

Staff ImageRalph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 05, 2017

Within seconds of tasting Ch. Capbern at Calon Segur on April 2nd 2016 the entire K&L team was in full agreement to buy all we could get our hands on! This is a wine of great freshness and fruit, and will be joy to drink young. A Fantastic Value! Ralph Sands