2006 - Ch Cantemerle 5ème Cru Haut-Médoc
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Cantemerle
Region
Haut-Médoc
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2013 - 2022
Case size
12x75cl
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2006 CH CANTEMERLE 5ÈME CRU HAUT-MÉDOC - 12x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Cantemerle
Region
Haut-Médoc
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2013 - 2022
Case size
12x75cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £536.14 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, May 2007,
    Score: 88-90

    Classic through and through, the 2006 offers ample notes of lightly toasted spice, cedar and rich black cassis fruit. Its palate is wonderfully balanced between its fresh acidity and moderate structure. Notably consistent from its entrance to its lingering finish, it is a pleasurable wine which should offer good value for money.

  • RP1

    Robert Parker, February 2009,
    Score: 90

    As I indicated last year, quality has improved dramatically at this estate, and the 2006 is a quintessentially elegant Bordeaux displaying a dark ruby/purple color, a lovely bouquet of forest floor, sweet cherries, cranberries, and black currants, medium body, a textured, sweet, tannic mouthfeel, and a long finish. Everything is beautifully pure as well as perfectly balanced in this outstanding effort. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025. Excellent value.

  • RP

    Robert Parker, May 2007,
    Score: 90-92

    Quality at this property has been rising dramatically over the last several vintages. Cantemerle will never be a blockbuster claret, but rather one built on finesse and elegance. Hints of menthol, black cherries, cranberries, and blueberries emerge from the 2006's perfumed bouquet. Medium body, impressive purity, good underlying texture, and sweet tannin suggest this elegantly-styled wine will drink well between 2009-2020+. It possesses intense flavors yet requires some introspection.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, May 2007,
    Score: 15.5

    Dark crimson with a very fine pale rim. Rather tired, overripe note on the nose sweet palate and gentle tannins but not the most dynamic of these wines. A little lacking freshness. Quite high astringency.

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Producer

Château Cantemerle

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.

Region

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.