(2010 Vintage) A wine with blueberry and mineral aromas follows through to a full body, with fine tannins and a juicy finish. Best for years from here. Needs at least three years of bottle age to soften.
23.01.12: 2009 & 2010 are two “back to back”, exemplary vintages in Bordeaux that will go down in history for their sheer beauty and quality and so it’s worth the effort to search out those gems that still exist from 2009 or 2010, particularly after a luke-warm offering from 2011 (and possibly from 2012). Chateau Cantemerle is a Bordeaux property that can produce very good wines that compare with the likes of Batailley and Haut Bages Liberal in terms of the value it can offer. Classic claret – elegant and charming, medium bodied with good ageing potential and best of all, well priced. Named as a 5ème Cru Classé in the 1855 classification, but the wine is now is far better than that!! Wine critics the world over see Chateau Cantemerle as offering some of the best value in Bordeaux with its combination of good quality – in keeping with a fifth growth château – and modest price (testament to this is that the price still remains the same from en primeur opening price back in 2011). It will never attest to be an investment wine but particularly from an exemplary vintage such as 2010, one can have a case of wine that will cellar effortlessly and will always be a joy to drink. This will fit perfectly into the Cellar of any connoisseur and at this price is a bit of a no brainer, after 5 years or so of patience you will have a superb bottle to drink over the next 15 years. 2010 Chateau Cantemerle @ £249 per 12 bottles in bond or £258 per 6 magnum case in bond “A quintessentially elegant style of Bordeaux, the opaque ruby/purple-tinged 2010 Cantemerle possesses elegant floral notes intermixed with hints of blueberries, raspberries, sweet red cherries and currants. Medium-bodied with impressive purity, concentration and texture, it is not a heavyweight, but rather a well-proportioned, stylish red that should drink nicely for 15-20 years.” Robert Parker 91 -93/100 “Tasted twice with consistent notes the Cantemerle 2010 has a tertiary bouquet with ripe blackberry, plum and citrus peel. The palate is medium-bodied with a citrus thread lending fine freshness and vitality. There is a little hardness to the tannins but this should soften by the time of bottling. Good tension here. This is a sterling effort from Cantemerle. Tasted April 2011.” Neal Martin 90 – 92/100
Nicely balanced acidity and tannins. Smooth dry fruit flavor. Lots of mineral flavors. Nice texture, easy to drink.
Rated 94+ RP, 94 JS, 92 WE, 91 WA
Wine Spectator(1996 Vintage) Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/01/07.
Wine Advocate(1989 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 80 on Apr-92
Wine Spectator(1989 Vintage) Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 05/31/99
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.
Wine & Spirits(2005 Vintage) Rating: 86/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine on 10/08