- Clos Cantenac
- St Emilion
- Merlot / Cabernet Sauvignon / Cabernet Franc
- Case size
- Available Later
Wine Advocate, April 2019,
The 2018 Clos Cantenac is made from 100% Merlot, harvested September 18-21, September 25, October 3 and October 11. It has 14% alcohol and is aging in barriques, 50% new. Deep garnet-purple colored, it sashays out of the glass with very pretty notions of kirsch, raspberry pie, blueberry preserves and red roses plus hints of cinnamon stick, menthol, chocolate box and star anise. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is coated with lively red berries and floral sparks with a serious blue fruit undercurrent and velvety texture, finishing on a lingering spicy note. About 6,000 bottles are expected to be made.
South of Pomerol lies the medieval, perched village of St Emilion. Surrounding St Emilion are vines that produce round, rich and often hedonistic wines. Despite a myriad of soil types, two main ones dominate - the gravelly, limestone slopes that delve down to the valley from the plateau and the valley itself which is comprised of limestone, gravel, clay and sand. Despite St Emilion's popularity today, it was not until the 1980s to early 1990s that attention was brought to this region. Robert Parker, the famous wine critic, began reviewing their Merlot-dominated wines and giving them hefty scores. The rest is history as they say. Similar to the Médoc, there is a classification system in place which dates from 1955 and outlines several levels of quality. These include its regional appellation of St Emilion, St Emilion Grand Cru, St Emilion Grand Cru Classé and St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé, which is further divided into "A" (Ausone and Cheval Blanc) and "B" (including Angélus, Canon, Figeac and a handful of others). To ensure better accuracy, the classification is redone every 10 years enabling certain châteaux to be upgraded or downgraded depending on on the quality of their more recent vintages.