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.
|RED||2019||Château Capbern||75cl||£180 per case of 12||Château Capbern
2019 / / 75cl
£180 per case of 12
Tasting Notes"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