2017 Saint Estèphe
|Grapes||Petit Verdot, Syrah, Merlot, Cab Sauv|
One of the wines of the day. Excellent crunch and robust feel to the dark, ripe fruit. Lovely grip and chew. Fruit is certainly ripe but there is a firmness and scratch to the texture. A hint of cedar in the background adds complexity. Bright and lively zip keeps this flowing. It is smart and has a great purity. A classic St Estephe feel. Good, bright fun. Ends clean and pure — but with that ripe note hauntingly present. 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot 3% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc. Rating: 90-91 L&S (Apr 2018)
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The 2017 Capbern is soft, pliant and inviting. This pretty, gracious Saint-Estèphe has plenty to offer, especially over the near and medium term. Floral notes give lift to the bright red cherry fruit. Soft contours and mid-weight structure add to the wine's immediacy. Tasted two times. Rating: 88-90 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (May 2018)
The 2017 Capbern was cropped at 43.5hl/ha and matured in 60% new oak. It has a fresh, lively cranberry and blackcurrant-scented bouquet, a little savory in style with hints of Japanese nori (seaweed). The palate is nicely structured with a keen thread of acidity. There is a little compactness on the entry but it gently unfolds towards the finish that exerts subtle grip. It is the precision rather than the power that defines this Capbern and if released at similar prices to previous vintages, could be one of the must-buys of 2017. Drinking range: 2021 - 2032 Rating: 89-91 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (May 2018)
Tasted both at Ulysse Cazabonne and at Calon Ségur. 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc. They are still restructuring the vineyard, apparently – the youngest Merlot vines are now 20 years old and the Cabernets 15. Deep crimson with purple rim. Fresh and delicious bramble and cassis fruit. Firm, finely grained, super-fresh. Slightly chewy but with plenty of dark fruit in the middle. Full but balanced. Drinking range: 2023 - 2030 Rating: 16.5 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com (Apr 2018)
The Gasqueton family of Calon Segur also own this excellent estate situated south of the town of St Estephe, between the vineyards of Montrose and Phelan Segur.
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