Haut-Médoc: Château Cantemerle 2016

"For me this is one of their best ever wines,totally living up to its fifth growth billing. Lovely and juicy with excellent tension, really walking that line. Menthol, cassis and cedar are framed by well-wrought tannins that bring the whole thing together and lead on to a juicy finish. The blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot is aged in 40% new oak for 12 months followed by a further 4 months in vats before bottling. Drinking window 2027 to 2040. 93/100."
Jane Anson - Decanter

Bottle (Case)
Tasting Notes

A classy Cabernet-Sauvignon-based claret from the classed 5th growth Château Cantemerle in the readily-approachable 2016 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 to 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.

2016 Blending: 52% Cabernet Sauvignon - 39% Merlot - 5% Cabernet Franc - 4% Petit Verdot

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, Mushrooms, Pheasant and Game
CellarageBest with 7 to 10+ years bottle age. Benefits from decanting.
VinificationDestemmed & hand-sorted grapes are fermented for 6 to 8 days at 26 to 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

Château Cantemerle

Located in the southern half of the Médoc peninsula near the villages of Macau and Ludon, Château Cantemerle is one of the most historic properties in the area, tracing its roots back to the 12th century. A classed 5th growth (just) in the 1855 classification, Cantemerle’s name was originally omitted but pencilled in at the last minute thanks to the insistence of the then owner Caroline de Villeneuve Durfort. Now one of the larger Médoc estates after considerable investment in the last half-century, it has 108ha under vine, planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.


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