2016 Chateau Capbern

Year: 2016
Appellation: Saint-Estephe
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 90-93
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 90-92
James Suckling: 92-93
Jeb Dunnuck: 89-92--Wine Enthusiast: 91-93--Jeff Jeve: 92
Red Wine


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"A vibrant and energetic wine, with savory and bay notes adding to the mix of crushed cherry, plum and blood orange flavors. Reveals an iron-edged spine on the finish. Score range: 90-93 -JM " (WS)

"The 2016 Capbern is a blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot aged for 18 months in 60% new and 40% one-year-old oak. Deep garnet-purple colored, it leaps from the glass with cedar, blackberries and blueberries with wafts of tobacco, bay leaves and scorched earth. Medium to full-bodied, elegant and vibrant in the mouth, it possesses lovely poise and an earthy finish." (WA)

"One of the sleepers of the vintage, the 2016 Capbern is a gorgeous wine. Plump, juicy and expressive, with good aromatic nuance throughout, the Capbern is once again terrific. Sweet tobacco, grilled herbs, licorice and succulent red cherry infuse this racy, exquisitely beautiful Saint-Estèphe. The Cabernet Sauvignon is quite expressive today, while soft contours and silky tannins add to the wine's considerable appeal. The 2016 is without question the most complete of the mid-tier Saint-Estèphes. Don't miss it. Tasted three times." (VM)

"Love the stone, tar and black currant in this. Full and tight with firm and silky tannins and a long, long finish. Spicy, too. Can’t wait to see how this evolves. Serious. " (JS)

"Darker, earthier, and more concentrated than the 2015, the 2016 Château Capbern boasts powerful notes of black fruits, tobacco, and smoked earth. It’s rich, mouthfilling, and dense, and while this barrel sample lacks some elegance, it packs terrific density and length. My money is on it being an outstanding wine." (JD)

"91–93. Barrel Sample. This wine is spicy, perfumed and fragrant. It is also solid and concentrated, a sumptuous wine with dark tannins and black plum fruits. Even in a wine as rich as this, there is the edge of freshness that keeps the wine from being heavy." (WE)

"Blackberry, citrus, spice, earth and cassis provide the perfume for this potential first date. On the palate, the wine is fresh, vibrant, spicy, pure and yet another blast of citrus, which intrigues me. Fast forward to black fruits, chocolate and spice in the finish. 3326 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017" (JL)