Cantemerle 2018

SubregionLeft Bank

A popular Classed Growth Château from the southern Médoc, situated just below the village of Margaux. Cantemerle always provides reliable quality and value for money. The wines are never heavy or jammy. Good traditional claret that is usually sold at a modest price and with quality on the rise in recent vintages. In 2018 the crop is 45% down on a normal year (and neighbour La Lagune was wiped out completely). The Cabernet component is higher than normal at 67% with 20% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot. A modest 13.3 degrees. Philippe Dambrine told us that this wine reminds him more of the 2010 than the fleshy 2009.

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Tasting Notes

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Cantemerle delivers notions of crème de cassis, raisin cake and prunes with hints of Chinese five spice and dusty soil. Full-bodied and boldly fruited with dried berries and fruit preserves, it has a firm, chewy texture and just enough freshness, finishing spicy.

Score: 86/88Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019), April 2019

A rich and layered young Bordeaux with a solid center palate of ripe fruit and coated with ripe and polished tannins. Tightly wound ball now. Pretty texture and length to this.

Score: 94/95James Suckling,, April 2019

Darkest crimson rim with black core. Elderberry-like tangy fruit. Juicy in the middle even with the layers of dryish tannins. But the finish is rather too dry for overall harmony. Drink 2023-2028

Score: 15.5Julia Harding MW,, April 2019

Medium deep ruby in the glass. The nose is classically medocain, with cedary fruit, light toastiness and pure blackcurrant. The palate continues in this vein with bright acidity, chalky and chewy tannins and cool black fruit at the core. This is compact, well-proportioned and fresh, with the firmness of tannins to age well in bottle. One for the classicists, at what should be a modest price.

Score: 15.5Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, April 2019

(67 Cabernet Sauvignon, 20 Merlot, 7 Cabernet Sauvignon, 6 Petit Verdot) | 40% new oak for 12 months This is a lovely Cantemerle and it is not too dark or extracted, preferring to major in red fruit tones. Nicely-judged, the oak and tannin are in harmony, too. This is a success for Cantemerle and it is a rare wine which is red cherry-themed as opposed to black cherry-themed in this vintage.

Score: 17+Matthew Jukes,, April 2019

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