2010 Cantemerle Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
  • WA 94
  • JS 94
  • WE 92
  • WS 91
  • IWC 90

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Reg: $47.94

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WA 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2013
The wine needs a good 7-10 years of cellaring and should keep for 30 more years, but this is the finest Cantemerle I have encountered in my professional career of tasting young vintages (dating back 34 years now)... The wine needs a good 7-10 years of cellaring and should keep for 30 more years, but this is the finest Cantemerle I have encountered in my professional career of tasting young vintages (dating back 34 years now). Stunningly deep ruby/purple, with a beautiful nose of spring flowers intermixed with perfumed raspberry and blueberry notes, it exhibits a sort of cool-climate character. Broad, rich and intense on the palate, the wine has plenty of tannins, but they are sweet and well-integrated. Everything is delicately entwined into this beautiful, medium to full-bodied, dense purple wine, which shows stunning character and a prodigious potential for development. This is definitely a major sleeper of the vintage and even better than I thought from barrel. 94+ - Robert Parker
JS 94
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, February 2013
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. Could be better than 2009 in the... 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. Could be better than 2009 in the long run.
WE 92
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, February 2013
A great success for this southern Médoc chateau, this is fine, elegant and perfumed. It bursts with a black fruit flavor, balanced by smooth tannins and acidity. It’s a wine for medium-term aging over the next six years.
WS 91
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, March 2013
Offers a sappy feel, with deliciously pure notes of kirsch and blackberry preserves. Lightly toasted spice and singed anise accents lead to the long, graphite-fueled finish. Should age gracefully. Drink now through 2022. – JM
IWC 90
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, August 2013
Good full ruby-red. Musky aromas of black cherry, blueberry, espresso, menthol and licorice, lifted by a cool floral element. Densely packed and savory, displaying sappy energy to its intense dark berry flavors. With a... Good full ruby-red. Musky aromas of black cherry, blueberry, espresso, menthol and licorice, lifted by a cool floral element. Densely packed and savory, displaying sappy energy to its intense dark berry flavors. With a serious structure and no easy sweetness today, this vibrant wine will need a good five to seven years in the cellar and should last well. This may eventually merit an even higher score. 90+
JJB 92
Andrew Frieden - JJ Buckley, April 2011
60% cabernet sauvignon 30% merlot 6% cabernet franc 4% petit verdot. Aged in 40% new barrels for 12 - 14 months. 90 hectares planted to sand and deep gravel from the Quaternary period. Sweet blackberry and mocha spice... 60% cabernet sauvignon 30% merlot 6% cabernet franc 4% petit verdot. Aged in 40% new barrels for 12 - 14 months. 90 hectares planted to sand and deep gravel from the Quaternary period. Sweet blackberry and mocha spice dominate the nose with underlying crushed rocks. Powerful black fruit matches the broad-shouldered tannins in this medium-to-full-bodied wine with medium-to-high acidity and the earthy terroir expression of pulverized rocks adds complexity to an accessible fruit forward wine.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Haut Medoc
Vintage 2010

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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.