Capbern 2021

St Estephe, Cru bourgeois

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Tasting Notes

Focused and direct. Long and linear but juicy as well with fine-grained tannins and a minerally tone that persists. Freshness and balance on the finish. GV?

Score: 17

James Lawther MW, Maturity: 2027-2040 11 May 2022

A medium-bodied, firm and very fresh red with crunchy black-fruit and bark character. Tight, fine tannins. Mineral and tea-like quality. 70% cabernet sauvignon, 28% merlot and 2% petit verdot.

Score: 91 - 92

James Suckling, 01 May 2022

The 2021 Capbern was cropped at 36hL/ha with a 20-day cuvaison, and matured in 60% new oak for a planned 18 months. It has an attractive, fragrant bouquet of vivacious black and blue fruit, a lovely pencil box element emanating from the Cabernet Sauvignon. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit, respectable weight and acidity and a saline finish. Not the most complex Saint-Estèphe you will find, but commendable for the vintage and thoroughly enjoyable. (12.8% alcohol)

Score: 90 - 92

Neal Martin, Maturity: 2025-2040 01 May 2022

The 2021 Capbern is absolutely gorgeous. The aromatics alone are so alluring. A whole range of Cabernet inflections leads into a core of bright red toned fruit. Dried herbs, mint, tobacco, cedar, crushed flowers and red berry fruit grace this exquisite, vibrant Saint-Estèphe. Bright acids perk up the finish. En primeur samples were taken from new barrels only, but the final wine is projected to have 60% new oak.

Score: 90 - 92

Antonio Galloni, Maturity: 2029-2041 01 May 2022

Offering up aromas of dark berries, plums, spices, rose petals and loamy soil, the 2021 Capbern is a medium to full-bodied, lively and charming wine with beautifully refined tannins and an impressively penetrating finish. It's a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot that attained 12.8% alcohol.

Score: 89 - 91

William Kelley, Wine Advocate, 29 April 2022

Attractive red fruits, cranberry, redcurrant and raspberry with an attractive zip but skirting full ripeness. Highest Cabernet levels to date, and it comes across not so much in flavour but in tannic depth, and raspberry leaf aromatics. No frost here, 36hl/h yield.

Score: 87

Jane Anson, Jane Anson Inside Bordeaux, 07 April 2022

The 2021 Château Capbern is rock-solid, with wonderful cassis and an assortment of both red and blue fruits, supported by plenty of floral nuances. It's elegant and has considerable finesse, ripe tannins, and terrific purity. It shows the more charming, mid-weight style of the vintage, yet it's a solid wine that will deliver the goods.

Score: 91 - 94

Jeb Dunnuck, 06 February 2022