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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)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Produced by the team of Calon Ségur, this wine is stylish and elegant while also full of the Saint Estèphe tannic structure. Fresh and fruity, it is also firm and tannic. Drink this spicy, juicy wine from 2025. (RV)" (04/2018)

92 points James Suckling: "This is structured and very linear with superfine and polished tannins. Its full-bodied yet reserved and held back with such tension and focus. Full-bodied, fine and chewy on the finish. Better in 2020." (02/2018)

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 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