(From 2009 Vintage) Showing a deep, elegant red color with a complex bouquet of coffee and vanilla carrying subtle notes of exotic wood, Cantemerle is an elegant wine showing style and breeding. There is no finer expression of vintage character and Haut-Médoc terroir, where sandy and stony soils are light, warm and free-draining. This is expressed through well-incorporated tannins and a happy marriage of softness and vivacity on the finish. Very ripe Merlot and aged Cabernets—the Médoc’s pride—also make a welcome contribution.
(From 2011 Vintage) Attractively aromatic, fruit, charm and spice from the Merlot, elegant firmness from the Cabernet and overall finesse and balance.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 2005 Vintage) Smelling a bit riper than many from this section of the Left Bank, the wine starts with aromas of currants and berries with toasty oak in hot pursuit. It is, however, less complete in its flavors that suggest a bit of concentration but fall short on depth and drift into muscular dryness at the finish. It has a good chance to find a more open stance in time, and it would not be the worst idea to take a chance by laying away a few bottles.
Wine & Spirits(From 2005 Vintage) Rating: 86/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine on 10/08
Wine Advocate(From 2005 Vintage) Rating: (89-91) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 170 on Apr-07
Robert Parker(From 2005 Vintage) Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker
Wine Spectator(From 2005 Vintage)