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.

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Tasting Notes

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.

About this wine
StyleRed Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling
Wine RegionBordeaux
Grape Variety (Cépage)Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot
Food & Wine MatchingBeef, Pheasant and Game
CellarageBest with 7-10+ years bottle age. Benefits from decanting.
VinificationDestemmed & 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