(From 2007 Vintage) Good deep color, attractive fragrant fruit, quite fully and nicely ripe on attack, just a touch of green in the middle, but a very well-made wine in this year and more weight than usual.
(From 1997 Vintage) 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 WinesSmelling 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 & SpiritsRating: 86/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine on 10/08
Wine AdvocateRating: (89-91) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 170 on Apr-07
Robert ParkerRating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker