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 Vintage2004 Label 1 of 85 
ProducerChâteau Cantemerle (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
UPC Code(s)087000342651, 4008049232716

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2012 and 2018 (based on 8 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Cantemerle on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 87.9 pts. and median of 88 pts. in 96 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Drinking Trees on 4/14/2015: Very closed nose, with hints of black fruit, peppery spice, and Dr Pepper. Light-bodied palate, not showing a lot of flavour: black fruit, cherry. (574 views)
 Tasted by Ramberg on 2/26/2015 & rated 88 points: Another bottle of Ch. Cantemerle served blind tonight.
Again, I thought that this was older than it was.
This also showed signs of age and maturity, spicy nose with some oak and cedar, licorice, deep fruit, some fennel and anise, and drying redcurrants and cherries.
The palate shows rather fine and soft sweeter fruit, spices, touch of wood with high acidity and medium length on the round finish.
Another fine showing from this 5éme cru chateau tonight.
In a good drinking window right now, showing maturity, and should be enjoyed soon rather than later.
(87 - 89) (1138 views)
 Tasted by Patrik H on 2/26/2015 & rated 90 points: On the nose, dark berries, dust, green herbs, vanilla, anise.
On the palate, soft tannins, very round with well integrated wood. A touch of anise and good acidity.
Medium + finish (951 views)
 Tasted by Phenol73 on 1/23/2015 & rated 93 points: From 375. Great concentration of cassis, leather, some cigar box, a line of caramel / vanilla. It is dense, rich, beautifully balanced at this stage and very well structured. Getting to its plateaux and showing signs of elegant middle age, with tertiary aromas starting to show real presence. It comes singing out of the glass after about 20mins of airtime, and keeps shape-shifting over the next hour. For a Cru Classe, this delivers beautifully. (1219 views)
 Tasted by Dj6544 on 1/16/2015 & rated 90 points: Much, much better than the last bottle with the concentration one expects at this level. Relatively dense flavours, with lovely cedary blackcurrant and a powdery tannin finish. Yes, not easily confused with something grander and perhaps not the best vfm I have had in Bordeaux, but a good effort and solid Bordeaux. (1183 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 1/4/2015 & rated 84 points: Light, bright and finishing with green olive, crisp red fruits and cranberry. This needs to be consumed sooner than later. (1803 views)
 Tasted by Dj6544 on 10/22/2014 & rated 88 points: Inviting nose of creme de cassis and charcoal, but the palate seems markedly clipped. There is little concentration and the wine feels a little wishy washy. It's very pleasant but comes well short of its reputation and price tag. There are plenty of clarets at this level (and some well under) that offer much more; this under-achieves considerably. 88 (1494 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 9/22/2014 & rated 88 points: Ripe red and dark berry fruits as well as some cherries in the bouquet. On the palate juicy cassis, some minerals, ok acidity and tannin and some vanilla. Overall a pleasantly round and easy wine with some luxurious elements. Ready now and the next few years. (1492 views)
 Tasted by RN on 8/14/2014 & rated 88 points: Spice and mellow fruit framed by nice finely grained tannins make the wine enjoyable but not great. Lacks weight and length. Needs a bit of air to settle. (1617 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 5/27/2014: Firm and structured wine with a lot of cassis and vanilla and tannin with still a firm bite. Unfortunately the bottle was not completely fresh and gave the impression of being slightly corked. No score. (1639 views)
 Tasted by Nico P. on 3/5/2014: Fine grained tannins. 20 sec. finish. Lithe, lean, acidic. Not very giving. Could be in a dumb phase. Use this for cooking or wait a few more years to see if something happens. (1390 views)
 Tasted by Rupert on 2/20/2014 & rated 89 points: Lean, with a streak of green, tannic, structured. Not a charmer, but rugged and honest and I liked it a lot. (2314 views)
 Tasted by mwanasheria on 2/7/2014 & rated 91 points: From .375. Pure fruit of berries, herbs, leather. Nice. (2098 views)
 Tasted by Avid Wino on 12/6/2013 & rated 90 points: Leather, blackcurrant, mineral, liquorice. Shows best after a couple of hours of air. Good persistance, balance and structure... feathery tannin fans out on the finish. Lovely claret. (2215 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 11/22/2013 & rated 89 points: A classic style of Bordeaux, medium weight, olives, anise and smoky tea with firm tannins. A somewhat simple style that should do well over the medium term. Quite enjoyable. (2234 views)
 Tasted by jeroenpieter on 8/20/2013: Cantemerle 2004 in 2008 ruim ingekocht voor bijna 18 euro incl.(horecaprijs). Op dat moment prachtige wijn. Open, verleidelijk, niveau. Daarna nog vele malen geproefd maar niet meer de gewaarwording van de eerste proef. Dun, zuur, matig.
Vandaag proef ik een behoorlijke wijn met fruit/ zuur/ zachte tannine in mooi evenwicht .Geen blockbuster, maar elegantie.
Wat ik steeds in mijn proefnotities noteerde, ondanks het matige plezier, is de verwachting dat dit een mooie wijn wordt.
De jaargang 2004 Bordeaux wordt steeds meer gewaardeerd als goed , dat is ook mijn ervaring. Cantemerle bleef tot op heden achter. Zelfs de eigen site verwacht geen verbetering van de 2004. Mijn eigenwijsheid gekoppeld aan de vele proefervaringen voorspelt u een lekkere wijn die nog vele jaren houdbaar is. Verrassing niet uitgesloten. (maar dan wel decanteren!) (2864 views)
 Tasted by davestenton on 6/30/2013: The Sampler Summer Tasting 2013 (The Sampler, South Kensington): Dark fruit with a slightly roasted quality on the nose. Then a lovely fresh palate with some dusty tannins. Classic claret. 16.5/20. (2725 views)
 Tasted by henryd1 on 6/22/2013 & rated 87 points: Still seems fairly young. Blackcurrant, mint, green pepper. Fresh, crunchy and reasonably concentrated, this is enjoyable but a bit simple. (2348 views)
 Tasted by bsantis on 6/21/2013 & rated 89 points: Nice typical Bordeaux. Well balance, fine but soft. Touch of oak and toffe, spicy, some red berries and a lot of cassies just the second day. Medium lenght. Pleasant. Good but not great. I like the style. (2043 views)
 Tasted by vespasian on 5/22/2013 & rated 88 points: Not particularly deeply coloured; marked by spicy oak on the nose. Really dominates; palate better, light and elegant, fruit a little shy at present though tannins are integrating nicely. Moderate length. (2360 views)
 Tasted by mwanasheria on 4/2/2013: From .375. Very nice right now with good freshness, sweet berries, pure red fruit. (1947 views)
 Tasted by APatHB on 1/22/2013: Blah.... (2403 views)
 Tasted by APatHB on 1/6/2013 & rated 88 points: Kind of bland.....muted flavor, no real depth. Good right in the mouth with food but not much else to it... (2468 views)
 Tasted by Perthor01 on 12/22/2012 & rated 87 points: Probably the thinest Cantemerle I have had - strange since I am more and more seeing the qualities of the 04s - but this one is an exception... (2452 views)
 Tasted by svdheijden on 11/30/2012 & rated 86 points: Not too bad for a mediocre year. Sweet, but not very exciting nose. Blackberries, tobacco, some toast. Medium palate, slightly astringent. (2685 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Julia Harding, MW
JancisRobinson.com (2/16/2009)
(Ch Cantemerle Haut-Médoc Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (8/6/2008)
(Ch Cantemerle Haut-Médoc Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2007, IWC Issue #132
(Chateau Cantemerle Haut Medoc) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2005, IWC Issue #120
(Chateau Cantemerle Haut Medoc) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (4/7/2005)
(Ch Cantemerle Haut-Médoc Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, November 2008
(Chateau Cantemerle Haut-Médoc) Showing some spicy fruit on the nose now, with a slightly high-toned edge. A nice character, elegant with crisp and chalky red fruits, although again a touch of oil to the texture. Not a lot of flesh here, and a lean toffee-laced finish. Nevertheless this has a nice balance, and there is good potential here, but this is not a great Cantemerle.  15.5+ points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, October 2006
(Chateau Cantemerle Haut-Médoc) This has a surprisingly crisp and fresh character on the nose, with good fruit and oak. This is a nicely composed wine on the palate, supple tannins with an upright, firm, peppery presence. Nicely textured too. This is good.  15.5+ points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, April 2006
(Chateau Cantemerle Haut-Médoc) A very dark, deeply coloured wine, still with a bright purple rim. Rather quiet on the nose, just showing some primary, nutty black fruits. Similar fruit impact on the palate, backed up by some firm tannins and an attractive acidic backbone. There is some good structure and balance here, but perhaps not the panache of a really lovely wine. But this will make very decent drinking one day, I am sure. Needs 6-8 years.  15+ points
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Château Cantemerle

Producer website - Read more about Chateau Cantemerle

Château Cantemerle was not originally part of the first 1855 classification but got added in the last minute before the publishing of the list.
The second wine of this 5th growth is called Les Allees de Cantemerle.

Red Bordeaux Blend

Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.


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History of 1855 Bordeaux Classification


Vins du Médoc (Conseil des Vins du Médoc) - Read More about the Medoc
The eight precisely defined appellations of the whole of the Médoc (from Blanquefort Brook to the north of the Bordeaux built-up area, almost to the Pointe de Grave) may claim the Médoc appellation. But there is also a specific territory in the north of the peninsula which produces exclusively wines with this appellation. In the great majority, the Médocs come from the north of the peninsula. The great individuality of this region is that the number of vines has increased more recently here than elsewhere, apart from a few isolated spots where vines have grown for many years. Today, the size of the small estate has brought about the development of a powerful co-operative movement. Four co-operatives out of five belong to the group called Unimédoc which ensures aging, bottling and marketing a large proportion of their wines.


Read more about Haut Medoc and its wines Long-standing fame The legally created division into Médoc and Haut-Médoc dates from 1935. But as long ago as 1815 a Chartrons broker, whose word carried weight, spoke of great red wines in the Haut-Médoc, so recognizing the high quality successfully achieved by this region's growers in the eighteenth century. The same Bordeaux broker revealed that the business world of the Chartrons and the great Bordeaux proprietors had established a sort of league-table of the parishes in which the vine-growing communes of today's Haut-Médoc appellation showed up well.

The Haut-Médoc appellation stretches over some thirty seven miles from north to south, from Saint-Seurin de Cadourne to Blanquefort. Within this area, certain zones produce wines exclusively with the Haut-Médoc appellation. It has terroirs of remarkable quality. And although we may note a certain predominance of layers of gravel (essentially Garonne gravel) from the Quaternary, all these sites are characterized by their wide diversity. Today in the southernmost communes of the appellation, the suburbs of Bordeaux, numerous vineyards which existed at the beginning of the twentieth century have disappeared, victims of urban expansion. But the vines live on... because man has retained his devotion to them.

The astonishing variety of different terroirs, the result of the very extent of the area, explains the diversity of Haut-Médoc wines, a fact which is rare within one and the same appellation.
But, over and above the differences, linked to this mosaic of climatic and geological influence, all these wines have the same family traits of character.
Alert and lively, full-bodied without being too powerful, and harmoniously balanced, they acquire a rare bouquet over the years.

In order to have the right to the Haut-Médoc appellation of controlled origin, red wines must:
- come from the communes of Blanquefort, Le Taillan, Parempuyre, Le Pian, Ludon, Macau, Arsac, Labarde, Cantenac, Margaux, Avensan, Castelnau, Soussans, Arcins, Moulis, Listrac, Lamarque, Cussac, Saint-Laurent de Médoc, Saint-Julien, Pauillac, Saint-Sauveur, Cissac, Saint-Estèphe, Vertheuil, Saint-Seurin de Cadourne "excluding all the parcels situated on recent alluvium and sand on impermeable subsoils",
- satisfy precise production conditions : grape-varieties (Cabernet-Sauvignon, Cabernet-Franc, Carmenère, Merlot Noir, Petit Verdot, Cot or Malbec), minimum of sugar (178 grammes - 6.27 oz. - per litre of must) degree (an acquired 10°5) base yield (48 hectolitres per hectare).

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