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“Chateau Cantemerle’s woodland setting is amongst the most beautiful of any château in the Médoc."
Wine Region:Bordeaux - France
5th Grand Cru Classé from 1855
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon (56%), Merlot (36%), Petit Verdot (6%), Cabernet Franc (2%),
This 2014 Chateau Cantemerle is rich in texture and presents a purplish-blue tinted inky colour. The nose shows right away a wine of a good aromatic purity full of freshness, with a large expression of fleshy, enjoyable and generous black fruit aromas (blackcurrant, smashed black berry, red plum and blueberry). The taste is elegant, finely chiselled on the tannic structure, based on a fine mouth-feel. The whole is charming, suave, almost creamy and above all, has a nice lingering on the palate. This wine is a complete Haut-Medoc, signing a fine vintage.
Selective stripping and pressing. The 90 Ha of this historic vineyard produce an elegant and refined wine, just like the property and the men who animate it. In addition, we find in these wines their real nature associated with their soil.
James Suckling 94 / 100
“I like the floral character, which highlights the aromas of currants and berries. Full body and a firm and tight center palate. Silky tannins and a savory and creamy-textured finish. A beautifully balanced red. Try in 2021, but it’s already gorgeous to taste.”
About the winery:
The history of Chateau Cantemerle began in the Middle Ages, when the property was part of the fortification line that defended the banks of the Medoc, about a kilometer from the current castle. The oldest known manuscript attesting the existence of the Lords of Cantemerle dates from 1147. Grand Cru Classé in 1855, it’s one of the jewels of the Haut-Médoc appellation. In 1980, the SMABTP Group is the first insurer to acquire a vineyard in Bordeaux. It is an endangered property that is taken over at the end of difficult times. Then, the renovation of the technical installations and the replanting of the vineyard is done with the help of Cordier, to whom is entrusted the operational management of the project. This will take place in successive stages and in accordance with the priorities of the winemaking profession.
The terroir of Cantemerle is among the most prestigious and its silico-gravelly soil is ideal for the work of the vine.the harvest is entirely manual with selective sorting done at the vineyard. The production of each plot is vinified separately in large oak vats favoring a slow and gentle extraction of tannins. Finally, the wines are then matured in barrels for twelve months, then slightly clarified before being bottled at the château.
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