2010 - Ch Cantemerle 5ème Cru Haut-Médoc
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Cantemerle
Region
Haut-Médoc
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2021 - 2032
Case size
12x75cl
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2010 CH CANTEMERLE 5ÈME CRU HAUT-MÉDOC - 12x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Cantemerle
Region
Haut-Médoc
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2021 - 2032
Case size
12x75cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £536.14 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2011,
    Score: 91-93

    The 2010 opens up confidently in the glass with incredible character and polish. Its structure, fruit opulence and freshness are wonderfully balanced making an overall impression of poise, restraint and notable elegance. RK

  • NM1

    Neal Martin, April 2020,
    Score: 93

    The 2010 Cantemerle is vigorous and open on the nose, a mixture of red and black fruit with cedar and humidor scents. I admire the focus and detail. The palate is rounded in texture on the entry. This is a plumper, richer, more fruit-driven 2010 with a lush finish on the context of the growing season. You could broach this now, although I would prefer to leave it another three or four years. This is another excellent wine and candidate for most over-performing cru this vintage. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners 10-Year On Bordeaux horizontal. 2022-2045

  • NM

    Neal Martin, April 2011,
    Score: 90-92

    Tasted twice with consistent notes the Cantemerle 2010 has a tertiary bouquet with ripe blackberry, plum and citrus peel. The palate is medium-bodied with a citrus thread lending fine freshness and vitality. There is a little hardness to the tannins but this should soften by the time of bottling. Good tension here. This is a sterling effort from Cantemerle.

  • RP1

    Robert Parker, February 2013,
    Score: 94+

    The wine needs a good 7-10 years of cellaring and should keep for 30 more years, but this is the finest Cantemerle I have encountered in my professional career of tasting young vintages (dating back 34 years now). Stunningly deep ruby/purple, with a beautiful nose of spring flowers intermixed with perfumed raspberry and blueberry notes, it exhibits a sort of cool-climate character. Broad, rich and intense on the palate, the wine has plenty of tannins, but they are sweet and well-integrated. Everything is delicately entwined into this beautiful, medium to full-bodied, dense purple wine, which shows stunning character and a prodigious potential for development. This is definitely a major sleeper of the vintage and even better than I thought from barrel. With its 2010, this classified growth located in the southern end of the Medoc may well have made a modern-day version of their legendary 1949.Drink: 2020-2050

  • RP

    Robert Parker, May 2011,
    Score: 91-93

    A quintessentially elegant style of Bordeaux, the opaque ruby/purple-tinged 2010 Cantemerle possesses elegant floral notes intermixed with hints of blueberries, raspberries, sweet red cherries and currants. Medium-bodied with impressive purity, concentration and texture, it is not a heavyweight, but rather a well-proportioned, stylish red that should drink nicely for 15-20 years. Drink: 2011 - 2031

  • JS

    James Suckling, April 2011,
    Score: 93-94

    Layered and rich with lots of blueberry character and ripe velvety tannins. Lovely texture. Best wine from here in years.

  • DC

    Decanter, April 2011,
    Score: 17

    Finely expressed, deep but lifted and potentially complex fruit, refreshing acidity and firmness to add length to its habitual charm. Drink 2017-26.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2011,
    Score: 16

    Lower yields in general than 2009 but they almost reached the maximum allowed because of their high density. 53 hl/ha. Very dark purple. Big and raw and blustering. Quite a bruiser! Very sweet and lively and classy with marked mulberry fruit. Very powerful with masses of tannins hidden away underneath too. Well-integrated nose with both concentration and vivacity. Nicely balanced and behaved even without real nerve. Just a little stolid on the finish. Tasted both open and blind. Drink 2017-2028

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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.