(From 2009 Vintage) Soft and silky on the palate with an almost Right Bank feel, the 2009 Ch. Cantemerle is full if generous, mulberry fruit and supple tannins. The fruit is well balanced by the refreshing acidity, leading to a crisp, clean finish.
In accordance with the Cordier and now the winemaking philosophy of Philippe Dambrine, the style of Cantemerle has changed, beginning with the 1981 vintage. The color of the wine has darkened and the wine has taken on an extra richness and measure of fruit. It has exquisite flavors and it is rare to find fruit flavors of such refinement.
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)