Capbern 2021

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Tasting Notes and Scores

90-92+

Bordeaux Index

Nicely harmonious nose of red and black fruit, with a saline, mineral character and touches of spice and cola. Lovely tannins, present but elegant, and a lovely gentle rumble of black fruit underneath more satisfying top notes of strawberry and red cherry. Classy stuff.
April 2022

89-91

Wine Advocate

Offering up aromas of dark berries, plums, spices, rose petals and loamy soil, the 2021 Capbern is a medium to full-bodied, lively and charming wine with beautifully refined tannins and an impressively penetrating finish. It's a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot that attained 12.8% alcohol.
William Kelley, April 2022

90-92

Neal Martin

The 2021 Capbern was cropped at 36hL/ha with a 20-day cuvaison, and matured in 60% new oak for a planned 18 months. It has an attractive, fragrant bouquet of vivacious black and blue fruit, a lovely pencil box element emanating from the Cabernet Sauvignon. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit, respectable weight and acidity and a saline finish. Not the most complex Saint-Estèphe you will find, but commendable for the vintage and thoroughly enjoyable. (12.8% alcohol)
Neal Martin, Vinous, May 2022

17

Jancis Robinson

Focused and direct. Long and linear but juicy as well with fine-grained tannins and a minerally tone that persists. Freshness and balance on the finish. GV? (JL) 12.8%
Drink 2027 – 2040
Jancisrobinson.com, May 2022

90-92

Antonio Galloni

The 2021 Capbern is absolutely gorgeous. The aromatics alone are so alluring. A whole range of Cabernet inflections leads into a core of bright red toned fruit. Dried herbs, mint, tobacco, cedar, crushed flowers and red berry fruit grace this exquisite, vibrant Saint-Estèphe. Bright acids perk up the finish. En primeur samples were taken from new barrels only, but the final wine is projected to have 60% new oak. Antonio Galloni, Vinous, May 2022

17

Matthew Jukes

Impressive from the start and incredibly fresh and clean on the nose and palate, this is, once again, a mesmerising performance from this quiet little property with its modest and yet starry owners. With a heightened rainfall in June, the Merlot was under a lot of pressure, and they lost about 20% of the crop. Having said this, both Cabernets came in around 40 hl/ha, which was encouraging. Good sunny conditions at the beginning of October gave this wine its fleshiness and silkiness. They started harvesting Cabernet Franc on the 4th of October, and the finest Cabernet Sauvignon came in between the 12th and 14th. This is the key to the volume of flavour and the purity, and winemaker Vincent Millet feels like this vintage is not dissimilar in flavour profile to 2016, which also had high levels of Cabernet. Still, unlike 2016, 2021 has a remarkable immediacy and lust for life. It is refreshing, and I don’t doubt that it will be ready to go on release!
May 2022