Château Capbern 2016 : a Saint-Estèphe with a fantastically fresh finish
Produced in the Saint-Estèphe appellation, Château Capbern is a red wine from a 29-hectare vineyard (out of 33 planted). The average age of the vines is 17 years, and they are planted on sandy-gravelly, clayey-gravelly and calcareous soils. The wine is aged in barrels for 18 months, in 60% in new barrels. The Château Capbern 2016 blends 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.
The château Capbern 2016 develops a very precise nose with fragrances of blackberries and mint. On the palate, the tannins are granular and the tannic structure is gently jammed. The finish is extremely fresh and offers tasty touches of black pepper.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2016 Capbern (the erstwhile Château Capbern-Gasqueton) is a blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, delivering around 14% alcohol with a total acidity of 3.5 grams per liter. It was cropped at 42 hectoliters per hectare and is being matured in 60% new French oak. It has a clean and precise bouquet with blackberry, mint and just a hint of boot polish. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin; this is a typical Saint-Estèphe in terms of a bold, almost Montrose-like tannic structure, gently grippy with more than enough freshness on the pert finish. There is a lovely touch of cracked black pepper on the aftertaste. Give this three or four years in bottle as this is a fine Château Capbern.