Chateau Cantemerle Haut-Medoc
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.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(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.
International Wine Cellar(2005 Vintage) Good medium ruby . Reticent aromas of black cherry and licorice. Bright, tight and high-pitched, with very fresh flavors of dark fruits and flowers currently dominated by firm tannic spine. A bit youthfully tough and in need of at least several years of cellaring.
Wine & Spirits(2005 Vintage) Rating: 86/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine on 10/08
Wine Advocate(2005 Vintage) Rating: (89-91) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 170 on Apr-07
Robert Parker(2005 Vintage) Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker