- Château Cantemerle
- Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
- 2014 - 2026
- Case size
Goedhuis, April 2006,
Flavoursome with notes of griotte cherry and green olives, its 2005 has notable finesse and length. Drink 2012 - 2020.
Robert Parker, June 2015,
A young, slightly tannic, somewhat austere but well-made, finesse style of Médoc, the 2005 Cantemerle displays a dark ruby/purple color followed by notes of forest floor, underbrush, cedar wood, and raspberry and blackcurrant fruit. Drink: 2017-2030
Robert Parker, April 2008,
Cantemerle's new proprietors believe in producing delicate, beautifully wrought, finesse-styledwines that require some introspection. The deep ruby-hued 2005 displays aromas of licorice, roasted herbs, sweet cherries, and flowers. In the mouth, the wine seems almost light in comparison to its peers, but it possesses an ethereal seriousness, purity, and overall harmony that are striking for its delicacy and finesse. A blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest primarily Merlot with a tiny dollop of Cabernet Franc, it should be at its finest between 2012-2025+.
Robert Parker, April 2007,
A property on the rebound, Cantemerle has fashioned a fragrant 2005 offering up scents of dried herbs, sweet red cherries, spring flowers, spice box, and blueberries. Moderately tannic, medium-bodied, and elegant with good structure, purity, and balance, this blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, and 8% Cabernet Franc should be at its finest between 2011-2022.
Robert Parker, April 2006,
Cantemerle is finally emerging from the qualitative doldrums and 2005 is their finest vintage since 1989. Fashioned from yields of 44 hectoliters per hectare, this 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc blend exhibits a dense purple color as well as an elegant nose of blue fruits, spring flowers, and subtle mineral as well as spice notes. This pure, medium-bodied, finesse-styled, deep, layered, moderately tannic effort will be more approachable than its more muscular, structured peers. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2023.
Decanter, April 2006,
Ripe, concentrated small berry fruit, good depth of flavour and quite lifted and leafy, very Médoc, elegant with good intensity. Drink 2009-18.
Jancis Robinson, April 2006,
Quite transparent and aromatic. Soft and gentle - not overdone. Rather supple and silky. A good medium term drink. Drink 2016-22.
Wine Spectator, April 2006,
Crushed blackberries, tobacco and light vanilla aromas. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long, long finish. Well done. This is as good or better than the 2000.
One of the only three non-communal classified growths (with La Lagune and Cantenac), Château Cantemerle is located in Macau, a village due south of Margaux. Despite its classic claret spirit, it has an unusual connection to vineyards thousands of miles away. In the early 1980s, much of Cantemerle's Cabernet Franc was changed to Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot by top grafting. Mexican viticulturalists, specialists in this field, were flown in from the Napa Valley to carry out the procedure. Quite an extraordinary project for a ‘mere' Haut Médoc.
The Haut-Médoc is an appellation within the Médoc that stretches along the left bank of the Gironde from Blanquefort in the south to the north of Bordeaux. The region encompasses the more famous communes of St-Estèphe, Pauillac, St-Julien and Margaux. Following the 1855 classification many of its most famous estates were classified and scored as first, second, third, fourth or fifth growths. This was based on their social and commercial positions at the time. Most of these classed growths use the village appellation name, such as Pauillac. However five of these classed growths fell outside a village appellation so take the name Haut-Médoc. Many of the vineyards which are classified as Haut-Médoc may actually also be referred to as Cru Bourgeois wines. These wines have lower permitted yields and so offer great value for money.