Haut-Médoc: Château Cantemerle 2012
A classy Cabernet-Sauvignon-based claret from the classed 5th growth Château Cantemerle in the readily-approachable 2012 vintage. Produced from mature rootstock on well-drained gravelly soil, its cassis and cedar aromas and flavours are eminently enjoyable now (with decanting) and it has the stuffing to age well for a further 3-5+ years.
This Left Bank Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend has a wealth of sleek blueberry and dark cherry fruit over a background of silky tannins. No less a critic than Robert Parker observed that: "Cantemerle's ethereal elegance and racy, classy style are unmistakable in this understated yet pretty, dark ruby-colored 2012."
56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc.
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot|
|Food & Wine Matching||Beef, Pheasant and Game|
|Cellarage||Best with 7-10+ years bottle age. Benefits from decanting.|
|Vinification||Destemmed & hand-sorted grapes are fermented for 6 to 8 days at 26-28 degrees C., in a combination of sizes of oak casks, stainless steel vats and cement tanks. Matured in medium-toast French oak barrels (40% new) for 12 months. Bottled lightly fined and unfiltered.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||13|