Capbern 2014

SubregionSt Estephe

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Tasting Notes

The 2014 Capbern has a wonderful bouquet, very well-defined with blackberry, bilberry and cedar aromas; focused and vivacious. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, a fine line of acidity, quite approachable in style with a caressing raspberry and crushed strawberry finish. This is very fine and let’s face it: a bloody good value. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. 2020 - 2032

Score: 90Neal Martin,, March 2018

The Château Capbern 2014 (note the new un-appended name that will be introduced with the 2013 vintage) is a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. There is appreciable volume on the nose, quite floral with incense developing with time. The palate is smooth and velvety on the entry with sweet tannin. There is a dash of white pepper towards the second half of this well-structured, quite sophisticated Saint Estèphe that sports a long, peppery, slightly earthy, masculine finish. Give this four or five years in bottle to allow those tannins to soften.

Score: 89/91Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (218), April 2015

A self-confident, modern St.-Estèphe with a lot of ripe black fruits and not too much new oak. It’s quite bold and generous, but cool and fresh on the finish. Love the spice! Drink in a year or two, but this will age.

Score: 92James Suckling,, February 2017

The 2014 Capbern is bold, ripe and quite juicy. Although not especially subtle, the 2014 possesses striking aromatic nuance, power and intensity. Dried cherry, licorice, herbs, tobacco and mint add attractive aromatic topnotes, but it is the wine’s juiciness that stands out most. This is a strong showing. The 2014 offers plenty of near- and medium-term appeal, but also has enough structure to drink well for at least a number of years. Tasted two times.

Score: 92Antonio Galloni,, February 2017

Tasted blind. Very dark crimson. Very suave and sophisticated nose. Very juicy fruit and vibrant. Great attack and even a little hint of hot mustard on the palate! Not heavy. Great vitality.
Drink 2024-2045

Score: 17.5Jancis Robinson MW,, February 2018

Tasted blind. Very dark crimson. Very suave and sophisticated nose. Very juicy fruit and vibrant. Great attack and even a little hint of hot mustard on the palate! Not heavy. Great vitality.

Score: 17.5Jancis Robinson MW,, February 2018

At the Southwold 2014 tasting this wine outshone several St Estephe classed growths, cementing it as one of the value picks year on year under the new management and rennovated winery.

Deep purple in colour, with a pure cassis nose that is supported by a light smokiness and underlying cool, graphite edge. The palate is rich, deep and meaty, with notes of blackberry, blackcurrant and roasted game. The tannins, though chewy, melt underneath the fruit and provide a level of approachability that should give this wine a long drinking window. This is extremely well made, with wonderful precision and balance. A real triumph.

Score: 16.5Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, February 2018

A fresh, pure style, with an unadorned beam of cassis acting as the main component, while light white pepper, lilac and iron hints fill in the background. Racy finish. Best from 2018 through 2024. 5,000 cases made.

Score: 90James Molesworth,, February 2017

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