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Capbern is the second wine of the excellent Chateau Calon Segur in St Estephe. It is consistently one of the best second wines in Bordeaux and has the finesse, elegance and minerality of a wine twice its price. St Estephe always perfoms fantastically in hot, dry summers such as 2018 due to its clay subsoils which retain water. This is a truly impressive, fruit-concentrated, silky-tannined example, a great comination of freshness and power. Delicious!
“The 2018 Capbern is composed of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot and comes in at 14.6% alcohol. It’s anticipated to age for 16 months in barriques, 60% new. Deep purple-black in color, it leaps from the glass with vibrant scents of black raspberries, kirsch and fresh blackcurrants with nuances of cedar chest, pencil lead and forest floor plus a waft of lavender. Full-bodied, rich and packed with juicy fruit, it has a firm line of grainy tannins and loads of freshness, finishing with an herbal lift.” 91-93pts Wine Advocate