2016 Capbern, St-Estèphe (Pre-Arrival) SKU #1299111

Price: $21.99

JS 93 WE 91-93 WS 90-93
DC 92 RP 92 VN 90-92
JD 89-92
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Staff Reviews

  • Jason Marwedel
    By: Jason Marwedel
    K&L Staff Member
    The 2009 Capbern-Gasqueton was my first introduction to this wine, which I loved and happily bought for my cellar. I was elated to taste the 2016 Capbern, and was not disappointed! This is a very serious wine. Beneath a hearty frame lies a core of sweet dark fruit. There is a great deal of intensity here, leading me to believe it will fair well for years to come. By far, a top offering in 2016 value category.
  • Steve Bearden
    By: Steve Bearden
    K&L Staff Member
    The 2016 Capbern is a big, firm wine with good sweetness to the crisp black fruit, mint and spice infused mid-palate. There is an ease in the way the middle depth flows into the finish of dry but ripe tannins. This is an amazing value and will cellar well.
  • Clyde Beffa Jr.
    By: Clyde Beffa Jr.
    K&L Staff Member
    Their best ever? 69% CS and 24% M plus a touch of CF and PV. Extremely fresh and spicy on the nose and palate. Sweet as heck on the palate. Tastes great now! Very round tannins, but they are there under a lot of fruit. I much prefer this to the marquis de Calon.
    Drink from 2020 to 2030
  • Jeff Garneau
    By: Jeff Garneau
    K&L Staff Member
    Chateau Capbern, formerly Capbern-Gasqueton, was acquired along with Chateau Calon-Segur by its current owners in 2012. Judging from the quality of this 2016 vintage, the property has surely benefitted from some upgrades and improvements in the intervening years. Spice and floral notes leap out of the glass. The fruit is ripe and sweet and perhaps a bit more forward than some wines from the vintage at 14% alcohol. Combined with lively acidity and very fine tannins, however, the wine exhibits perfect balance, and should require a bit less patience than some of its fellow in St-Estephe. This property is fast becoming a customer favorite for its combination of quality and price. I imagine many will choose to drink this wine sooner rather than later, but it has sufficient structure to make a superb near term cellar candidate.
    Top Value!
  • Ralph Sands
    By: Ralph Sands
    K&L Staff Member
    Ch. Capbern is 90%CS Pretty intense, lovely deep red fruit, nice fresh and firm claret. Very nice baby Calon, Superb value. 1 Star.


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