2011 - Ch Cantemerle 5ème Cru Haut-Médoc
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Cantemerle
Region
Haut-Médoc
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2018 - 2030
Case size
12x75cl
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2011 CH CANTEMERLE 5ÈME CRU HAUT-MÉDOC - 12x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Cantemerle
Region
Haut-Médoc
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2018 - 2030
Case size
12x75cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £332.14 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April,
    Score: 89-90

    An impressive wine in 2011 which was a true stand out at the tastings. Toasty and layered, it further envelops savoury flavours within its sweet fruit frame. Stylish and elegant yet with depth, it finishes on aromatic chocolate notes.

  • RP

    Robert Parker, April 2012,
    Score: 88-90

    This is a traditional, authentic example of Cantemerle’s vineyard as well as its general winemaking style. Elegant and mid-weight with a finesse-filled style, the 2011 exhibits a dark ruby hue with purple nuances in addition to a bouquet of mulberries, cranberries and black cherries intermixed with flowers and forest floor. Medium-bodied and soft as well as crunchy and vibrant, it can be enjoyed over the next 10-12 years. Drink: 2012-2024.

  • JS

    James Suckling, April 2012,
    Score: 89-90

    Pretty blackberry and blueberry character with medium to full body, fine tannins and a fresh finish.

  • DC

    Decanter, April 2012,
    Score: 16

    Attractively aromatic southern M?doc fruit, charm and spice from the Merlot, elegant firmness from the Cabernet and overall finesse and balance. Drink 2014-2022. (3 stars).

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2012,
    Score: 15.5

    Black core. Black cherry rim. Spicy on the nose, lean and pretty dry on the palate with a sweet vanilla flourish at the end. Drink 2017-2023.

  • WS

    Wine Spectator, April 2012,
    Score: 87-90

    Supple and nicely focused, with currant, plum and cherry notes judiciously toasted, which lets a pretty floral note chime on the finish.

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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.