1989 Cantemerle Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
  • WS 95
  • WA 92
  • JG 92
  • VN 91

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Reg: $99.94

$89.94

This product is
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WS 95
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... expand 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) collapse
WA 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, January 2003
A perfect success for Cantemerle and one of the most monumental wines of the last 40 years, the 1989 Cantemerle remains a dense ruby color with plenty of purple in its mid-section. The wine has the classic Cantemerle... expand A perfect success for Cantemerle and one of the most monumental wines of the last 40 years, the 1989 Cantemerle remains a dense ruby color with plenty of purple in its mid-section. The wine has the classic Cantemerle noise of flowers intermixed with black currants, blackberries, and mineral. Surprisingly opulent, lush, and very fragrant, this wine has supple texture and a gorgeous finish. Not a blockbuster by any means, but it is silky and beautifully pure. Anticipated maturity: Now-2010. Last tasted, 9/02.- RP collapse
JG 92
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... expand 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+. collapse
VN 91
Vinous, September 2019
The 1989 Cantemerle has always been a “plucky” Bordeaux that punches above its weight. This has a blackberry- and boysenberry-scented bouquet, arguably a little monotone compared to the best 1989s but undoubtedly youthful... expand The 1989 Cantemerle has always been a “plucky” Bordeaux that punches above its weight. This has a blackberry- and boysenberry-scented bouquet, arguably a little monotone compared to the best 1989s but undoubtedly youthful and quite glossy in style. The palate is medium-bodied and very smooth, with a mélange of red and black fruit, quite saturated tannin and a youthful, pastille-like finish. This Cantermerle is giving much pleasure after 30 years, and judging by this showing, it will continue to do so. Tasted at the 1989 Bordeaux dinner at Hatched in London. -- Neal Martin collapse
Category Description
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Haut Medoc
Vintage 1989
Size 750ML

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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.

Winery

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.