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Capbern 2017

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Left Bank > St Estèphe
Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

This Saint Estephe property was formerly known as Capbern Gasqueton and has the same owners and wine-making team as Calon Ségur. The vineyard is 38 hectares and planted 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. It is situated, in one block, between Phelan Segur and Meyney.

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Tasting Notes

A rich, fruity wine with lots of fine tannins and mineral undertones with some flowers. Medium body, pure fruit and a full finish. Drink now or hold. A blend of 55% cabernet sauvignon, 39% merlot, 3% cabernet franc and 3% petit verdot.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, January 2020

The 2017 Capbern is medium to deep garnet-purple in color. Stewed plums, kirsch, and raspberry pie notes all jump from the nose, followed by suggestions of wild thyme and tar. Medium-bodied, the palate delivers a good amount of pure fruit with soft tannins and a lifted finish.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Independent, December 2022

The Merlots and Cabernet Francs suffered a little from the rains of September, but the early season and lack of frost damage helped overcome this, with a normal yield of 43.5hl/ha. Capbern has an ample mid-palate with savoury but fleshy blueberry and blackberry fruits, and mint-edged charcoal - it's well put together. 3% Petit Verdot makes up the blend given here. Ageing for 18 months in 60% new oak. 3.8pH.
Drinking Window 2024 - 2036

Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2018

Deep crimson with purple rim. Fresh and delicious bramble and cassis fruit. Firm, finely grained, super-fresh. Slightly chewy but with plenty of dark fruit in the middle. Full but balanced.
Drink 2023-2030

Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2018

Minty freshness the nose is light fragrant the palate has bilberry freshness at the start. Sweet and ripe in the middle depth of fruit the ripe black fruits backed by fine tannins. The fruit on the finish is rich ripe and sweet. Drink 2024-2037.

Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, May 2018

roblems with frost in Saint-Estèphe so the yields were perfect (43.5 hl/ha). The low level of alcohol is the same across the family of Calon wines which is amazing, too. The fruit is smooth and very clean and forward with classic Saint-Estèphe hallmarks of earthiness balanced with juiciness. This is a lovely wine.

Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2018
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Dark berries and crushed stones. Medium body, firm and silky tannins and a fresh finish. Tightness.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2018

The 2017 Capbern is medium to deep garnet-purple colored with aromas of baked blackberries, Morello cherries, cassis, fertile loam, unsmoked cigars and sautéed herbs. The palate is medium-bodied, firm and grainy with a good black fruit core and red fruit sparks on the finish. The wine was aged for 18 months in French oak, 60% new. The final blend is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. 2021-2033

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (March 2020), March 2020

The tentative blend for the 2017 Capbern is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. Deep garnet-purple colored, it gives exuberant red cherries, blackberries and black raspberries on the nose with touches of bay leaves and dusty soil. The palate is medium-bodied, elegant and fresh with chewy tannins and an earthy finish.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (236), April 2018
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