2013 Capbern, St-Estèphe

SKU #1257925 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 With fine, dusty tannins, this rich and juicy wine wears its fruit on its sleeve, all black plums and blackberry flavors. The acidity of the year is almost sweet with the fresh ripeness of the fruit. It is developing well, showing a medium-term future. Drink from 2018. (RV)  (3/2016)

90 points James Suckling

 A tight and firm wine with a solid core of fruit with currant and cedar aromas and flavors. Medium body with firm tannins. Used to be Château Capbern-Gasqueton and not just Capbern. Almost all Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink or hold.  (2/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 91% Cabernets, 6% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot. Lovely medicinal character, classic blackcurrant fruit, dry but not at all astringent. The tannins are grippy but welcoming. This suits its medium body – seems to be very restrained and traditional. Lovely!  (4/2014)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Chateau Capbern-Gasqueton 2013 is a blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon raised in 30% new wood. It has a light graphite scented bouquet that is a little subdued on the moment. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins; graphite infused black fruit with a light classic finish. This is easy drinking but deftly crafted. Tasted April 2014. (NM-Wine Journal)  (3/2014)

Vinous

 The 2013 Capbern Gasqueton shows lovely immediacy. A rich tapestry of dark red and blue fruits, violets, menthol and spices flow across the palate in a pretty, fruit-driven wine with plenty of near-term appeal. The 2013 Capbern Gasqueton possesses lovely density for the year and terrific overall balance. Best of all, it should be a solid value as well. (AG)  (4/2014)

Wine Spectator

 There's an alluring charcoal backdrop behind a core of dark plum and blackberry fruit, while singed savory and tobacco leaf notes chime in for added nuance. Drink now through 2018. (JM)  (3/2016)

K&L Notes

Formerly "Capbern Gasqueton."

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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 Médoc 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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France

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Bordeaux

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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.