2019 Château Capbern: £180 IB per dozenThursday, June 11
Released this morning, the 2019 Château Capbern from Saint-Estèphe should be on everyone's en primeur buying list this year. A long-standing favourite (we are drinking and enjoying the 2011 Capbern-Gasqueton at the moment), it is also an estate well on its way to ascension into a different league of winemaking, under Laurent Dufau.
Dufau is credited with the rapid progress made at Calon-Ségur, under the same ownership as Capbern since 2012. Calon is challenging Montrose and Cos d'Estournel as the leading wines of Saint-Estèphe and each new vintage of Capbern shows some of this ambition too. James Suckling describes the 2019 as "gorgeous" and "better than the 2018", awarding it 93-94 points."
The 33 hectares of vines are hand-harvested and the 2019 is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. The wine will be aged for 18 months in 60% new oak barrels.
At £15 per bottle in bond, this is a great value release which makes a pleasant contrast to the throng of recent famous-names released. Please let us know if you would like some.
2019 Château Capbern, Saint-Estèphe
"This is a gorgeous young sample with wonderful blue fruit and spices, as well as a nice overlay of pretty wood. Medium to full body and firm, silky tannins. Hints of minerals. Better than 2018. 93-94 Points." James Suckling
£180 IB per dozen bottles (LIMITED AVAILABILITY)
Offered en primeur, ex-chateau, due to land in the UK in Spring 2022. Priced in bond, excluding UK duty, VAT and onward delivery, payable at the prevailing rate on release from bond. Stock subject to availability, E&OE.