2009 Cantemerle Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML

  • JS 95
  • WE 92
  • JG 92
  • WA 91
  • WS 91
  • IWC 90

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JS 95
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, February 2012
Gorgeous ripe fruit character with loads of blueberries blackberries and flowers. Full body with velvety tannins and a fruity fresh grapefruit aftertaste. Really beautiful. Best ever from here. Best after 2018.
WE 92
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, February 2012
Very structured wine with black currant fruit and dense acidity. The tannins are dark firm solid. This is a fine wine from Cantemerle reveling in the richness of the vintage.
JG 92
John Gilman - View From The Cellar, August 2014
In contrast to the hot and rustic personality of the 2010 Cantemerle, the 2009 is a superb example of this excellent terroir in a ripe and buxom vintage, and this wine is quite strong. The superb nose shows far more... In contrast to the hot and rustic personality of the 2010 Cantemerle, the 2009 is a superb example of this excellent terroir in a ripe and buxom vintage, and this wine is quite strong. The superb nose shows far more purity than its 2010 counterpart, wafting from the glass in a generous mélange of cassis, sweet dark berries, tobacco leaf, lovely, dark soil tones, cigar wrapper and a bit of smoky new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, plush and primary, with a fine core, ripe, chewy tannins and very good focus and grip on the long, youthful and very well-balanced finish. This is a lovely, broad-shouldered Cantemerle in the making, but give it plenty of time in the cellar to blossom. 2025-2075.
WA 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2012
91+ Readers looking for the more ethereal elegant side of Bordeaux need search no further than Cantemerle one of the estates in the very southern end of the Medoc. Dense ruby/purple (nearly opaque) this wine offers up... 91+ Readers looking for the more ethereal elegant side of Bordeaux need search no further than Cantemerle one of the estates in the very southern end of the Medoc. Dense ruby/purple (nearly opaque) this wine offers up notes of lead pencil shavings spring flowers raspberries and black cherries. The wine is ethereal medium-bodied and by no means a blockbuster but long and intellectual. However the tannins are present and the wine is certainly capable of putting on weight with time in the bottle. Give it 3-4 years of bottle age and drink it over the following 25+ years. - Robert Parker
WS 91
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, March 2012
This broad fleshy style delivers toasty spice and tobacco notes up front followed by dark cocoa crushed plum and mulled blackberry fruit flavors. This really stretches out nicely in the glass with alluring dark fruit and... This broad fleshy style delivers toasty spice and tobacco notes up front followed by dark cocoa crushed plum and mulled blackberry fruit flavors. This really stretches out nicely in the glass with alluring dark fruit and a velvety feel. Drink now through 2017. -JM
IWC 90
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, July 2012
Bright deep ruby-red. High-pitched inky aromas of blackberry violet and licorice. Juicy lively and penetrating with a restrained sweetness and a distinctly cool quality to its black fruit and graphite flavors. Nicely... Bright deep ruby-red. High-pitched inky aromas of blackberry violet and licorice. Juicy lively and penetrating with a restrained sweetness and a distinctly cool quality to its black fruit and graphite flavors. Nicely dense but not a fleshy style of 2009. Finishes with firm tannins and sneaky length and a light touch. I'd lay this down for five or six years; it should last for a good two decades.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Haut Medoc
Vintage 2009
Percent alcohol 13%
Closure Cork

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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.