1989 Cantemerle Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 375ML
  • WS 95
  • JG 92
  • WA 91

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WS 95
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, May 1999
Huge wine. Dark ruby-colored. Intense aromas of ripe fruit and game. Full-bodied and compacted with masses of tannins and fruit yet still closed and not giving much on the palate. Give this brute time. Best Cantemerle... Huge wine. Dark ruby-colored. Intense aromas of ripe fruit and game. Full-bodied and compacted with masses of tannins and fruit yet still closed and not giving much on the palate. Give this brute time. Best Cantemerle ever?--1989 Bordeaux horizontal. Best after 2004. (JS)
JG 92
John Gilman - View From The Cellar, August 2014
I have always liked the 1989 Château Cantemerle since its very earliest days, and at age twenty-five, the wine is really starting to drink at its apogee. The bouquet is pure, complex and classy, offering up scents of... I have always liked the 1989 Château Cantemerle since its very earliest days, and at age twenty-five, the wine is really starting to drink at its apogee. The bouquet is pure, complex and classy, offering up scents of cassis, cigar smoke, a bit of charred wood, dark soil tones, exotic spice overtones (curry?) and cedar. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and still shows off a bit of tannin, with fine mid-palate concentration, excellent focus and grip and a very long, complex and generous finish. This was still in the era where the Cordier team was in charge of the winemaking at Cantemerle, and the style is a bit more extracted during this epoch and the 1989 does not possess quite the same refinement as is found in the excellent 1996 version. But, this is still a very well-made wine and a strong vintage for Cantemerle. 2014-2040+.
WA 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 1992
I believe the 1989 Cantemerle is this estate's finest wine since their monumental 1953. The Merlot was picked late September 14th then the harvest was stopped to wait for the Cabernet to ripen physiologically. The last... I believe the 1989 Cantemerle is this estate's finest wine since their monumental 1953. The Merlot was picked late September 14th then the harvest was stopped to wait for the Cabernet to ripen physiologically. The last Cabernet was brought in on October 9th. This ruby/purple wine has an explosive bouquet of crushed blackberry fruit and violets an opulent lush texture bolstered by good alcohol levels and soft tannins. In several tastings of southern Medocs (principally Margaux wines) this was the star of the show. Here is an impressive combination of elegance and power. Anticipated maturity: 1994-2010. Tasted four times. Consistent notes.</P>
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Haut Medoc
Vintage 1989

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The unique soil and microclimate are reflected in the wine's personality. Cantemerle has a brilliant color, a powerful bouquet, and a soft, lively flavor. It is rare to find such refined fruitiness. This great wine can be enjoyed young, when it is charming, fruity, and marked by a vanilla taste which comes from well-integrated oak. This makes Cantemerle an ideal choice for the modern wine drinker who likes fresh tannins.

However, it can also age extremely well. Fine, old vintages have impeccable class, with incomparable flavors of sheer elegance. Cantemerle therefore belongs to that rare category of the world's wines which can not only age, but also improve over several decades.

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Cantemerle

hateau Cantemerle is a fifth growth Bordeaux estate in the Haut-Medoc which has a long history dating back to the Middle Ages. It had been under ownership of the Villeneuve de Durfort family for over three hundred years until it was sold by Jeanne Armande to the Dubos family in 1892.

The Dubos family managed the estate until it was sold in 1981 to the SMABTP group. Many parcels of vines were pulled up during the war and the difficult years of 1930-1940, leaving only 20 hectares planted on the estate’s 70 hectares of vineyard land.

Cantemerle was a property in distress after a long period of difficulties, thus, renovation of the technical facilities and replanting of the vineyard was undertaken in successive steps. Thirty-five hectares of land which had lain fallow for almost 50 years were planted within 2 years and by 1987, the vineyard had grown to 60 hectares. Now, 144 years later, Cantemerle had returned to its original size at the time of the 1855 classification—90 hectares.