2015 Capbern, St-Estèphe (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1251742 92-94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Barrel Sample. 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.  (4/2016)

90-91 points James Suckling

 Very fine and polished with lovely integration and finesse. Medium to full body, fresh finish. Harmony here.  (4/2016)

90 points Decanter

 Great freshness of bountiful, ripe fruit and fine ripeness from 68% Cabernet. A lovely wine from perfectly managed vineyards.  (4/2016)

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)  (4/2016)

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)  (4/2016)

Wine Spectator

 Damson plum and bitter cherry notes are lined with savory and tobacco hints. Fresh, though a little shy on stuffing through the finish. (JM, Web-2016)  (4/2016)

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By: Philip Bohorfoush | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/4/2016 | Send Email
**Sleeper Pick** Brimming with currants, plum and red berries. Excellent flesh and moderate plus body. Packed with berry fruit on the juicy finish.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/27/2016 | Send Email
A perfect score for value. One of the top value wines of the vintage--one of my top 5! I much preferred it to the second wine of Calon Segur. Not sure what they did here but the wine is fruit bomb. Black fruit aromas and red fruit flavors. So lush and sweet. You want to drink it now. Better than their great 2009!!
Drink from 2018 to 2028

By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/27/2016 | Send Email
My sleeper pick for value of the vintage. I've been buying quantities of Capbern since 2009 and now I'll likely be taking an even deeper plunge with the outstanding 2015. This is an easy Bordeaux to love and an even easier wine to understand. For those looking to take more affordable baby steps into the category, this is a great place to start. Part of the prestigious Montrose portfolio, this wine has structure but also soft and approachable fruit. There's a heavy amount of merlot here (46%) which I think really rounds out the edges. $20.99 for the pre-order is a steal.

By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/27/2016 | Send Email
Bright red fruits in the nose and the mouth, clean, fresh and lively, silky mid-palate; should be a sleeper and will very drinkable upon release!

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


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Saint Estephe

- The northern-most of the Medoc communes, St. Estephe is quickly becoming one of the favorite areas for both high quality and great value Bordeaux reds. While it has fewer classified growths than the other communes, it also boasts some of the hottest up and coming chateaux of the last several. The most famous chateaux are the second growths Montrose and Cos d'Estournel with Calon Segur (3rd growth), Lafon Rochet (4th growth), and Cos Labory (5th growth) rounding out the cru classe wines. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the area, but plantings of Merlot are on the rise resulting in rounder, fatter, flashier wines than in years past.