2011 5ème Cru Classé Macau
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Plummy, supple, smokey, smoothly-integrated oak. Quite oaky all the same. Will be OK, but all a bit formulaic. Rating: 88-88 L&S (Apr 2012)
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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. 2012 - 2024 Rating: 88-90 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com(Apr 2012)
The Cantemerle has a light fish scale nose with crisp dark black fruit and nicely integrated oak. The palate is medium-bodied with firm, dusty tannins, a core of dusky black fruit and a foursquare, grippy finish that shows fine length. Classic Cantemerle for mid-term drinking. Rating: 87-89 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com(Apr 2012)
A classic in great form, with a full and accomplished texture. (Les Echos, April 2012) Rating: 17-17.5 TAST, Bettane & Desseauve(Apr 2012)
This has a dark and quite glossy hue, with a vibrant crimson rim. Aromatically it is not hugely expressive despite its appearance, the fruit dark, sweet, admirable but presented in a very subdued style. The palate has a firm feel to it despite the luscious appearance of the wine, with well-honed, sweet, ripe and polished blackcurrant and blackberry fruit laid over a layer of well hidden tannins and fresh acids. This is well composed, harmonious, elegant and with gentle and appropriate substance. For the vintage, I'm impressed. Could be good value. Rating: 15.5-16.5 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com(Apr 2012)
Attractively aromatic southern Médoc fruit, charm and spice from the Merlot, elegant firmness from the Cabernet and overall finesse and balance. Drink 2014-2022. Rating: 16 www.decanter.com(Apr 2012)
Supple and nicely focused, with currant, plum and cherry notes judiciously toasted, which lets a pretty floral note chime on the finish. Rating: 87-90 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator(Apr 2012)
Rating: 88 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(Apr 2012)
Black core. Black cherry rim. Spicy on the nose, lean and pretty dry on the palate with a sweet vanilla flourish at the end. 2017-2023 Rating: 15.5 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2012)
Pretty blackberry and blueberry character with medium to full body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. Rating: 89-90 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Apr 2012)
Haut-Médoc Cinquième cru 1855 The long history of Château Cantemerle begins at least as far back as the 12th Century when it was a fortification. Wine production got under way seriously under the watch of the Villeneuve family who bought Cantemerle in 1579 and finally sold up in 1892. During that time Château Cantemerle famously scraped in to the 1855 classification as an apparent last minute addition after some frantic lobbying by Caroline de Villeneuve-Durfort. Théophile-Jean Dubos bought Cantemerle in 1892 and had some initial success, but the 20th Century saw a familiar period of decline and his descendents sold up nearly a hundred years later in 1981 to the Groupe SMABTP who's recent investments have put Château Cantemerle back on its feet. Château Cantemerle lies in Macau, to the south of the Margaux appellation. There are 87ha under vine, planted to 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Grapes are hand harvested. The Grand Vin spends 12 months in wood, of which 50% is new. There is a second wine - Les Allées de Cantemerle.
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