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 Vintage2005 Label 1 of 118 
ProducerChâteau Cantemerle (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
UPC Code(s)000004164371, 087000342651, 087000345669, 097985143167, 3419466153965, 3660989051676

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2013 and 2025 (based on 66 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Cantemerle on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 88.8 pts. and median of 89 pts. in 125 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Marc on 6/1/2015 & rated 80 points: Library Tasting with Geoff Kelly - 2005 Bordeaux (Regional Wines and Spirits, Wellington, New Zealand): Dumb nose. Lean and slightly dilute in the mouth. This feels too high in acid. Whilst this wine is more concentrated that the 200r Potensac, for the sake of comparison, it comes across as less attractive. (2294 views)
 Tasted by Guy Lux on 5/24/2015 & rated 93 points: Pop and pour. Way better than first bottle drank 2 yaers ago. Rather full body, full integrated tannins and a good acidity than bring a great balance.
I really think it's at its peak but you can hold it for another 5+ years. Personally i will start to drink my others bottles. (1820 views)
 Tasted by Phenol73 on 5/16/2015 & rated 93 points: (Decanter's Bordeaux '05, '09, '10 tasting) :: Really starting to blossom. A bit shy perhaps (esp for the vintage), but a fine balance of cassis, red fruits, leather, pepper and earth notes. A well structured, complete palate, and plenty of stuffing left. (1828 views)
 Tasted by bestdamncab on 5/16/2015 & rated 89 points: Bordeaux Confidential USA, nose of black currants, black cherry fruit, and smoke, more of the same on the palate, medium body, touch simple, complete and tasty wine, at it's best now, long, finish. (1159 views)
 Tasted by tendring on 4/10/2015 & rated 91 points: WES Quarterly Dinner (Kandoo, Edgware Road): Black fruit nose.
Very youthful taste, fruity, smooth and quite long. (2683 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 3/15/2015: Nice structure, but far too young (yes I should have known). I'll keep at least 5 years more before trying again. (2749 views)
 Tasted by Ramberg on 2/26/2015 & rated 89 points: Spicy nose, with young wood showing, touch of alcohol, raisins, licorice, dark fruit, blackberries and some black currants and dark cherries, spices and gravel/minerals.
Quite pleasant.
Palate shows creamy fruit, fine tannins, medium structure, darker and sweeter fruit, with dark cherries and blackberries and bramble with some earth underneath.
Good length and finish.
This is very different from the 2003 and 2004 drunk in the same flight.
This is definitely a wine that will benefit from a bit more time in the cellar, but good tonight.
points for tonights performance.
(88 – 90) (2928 views)
 Tasted by Patrik H on 2/26/2015 & rated 91 points: On the nose, dark berries, vanilla, dust, spices, liquorice and some mineral touch.
On the palate, Very distinct tannins, cherry, bear glue, green herbs, blueberry.
Long finish

The potential is quite high
90-92 (2954 views)
 Tasted by SamSaki on 1/25/2015 & rated 80 points: Too early to drink this wine. Cantemerle can be a superb wine, punching way above its weight. After decanting for 4 hours this wine had still not opened up and the tannin was still too present. Wait another year or two and it should hopefully open up and be more balanced. I have high hopes for this great vintage. (3760 views)
 Tasted by fatfishzsy on 12/30/2014 & rated 89 points: 果香单宁都不错,就是入口比较短暂,回味比较薄,缺乏浓厚感和复杂度 (3527 views)
 Tasted by senex on 12/26/2014 & rated 92 points: 4 hour decant-an elegant and very enjoyable wine. (3215 views)
 Tasted by rickspicks on 11/16/2014 & rated 89 points: Good dark fruit flavors, nice balance and a medium texture. Needs some time to open up and then drinks nicely. (4055 views)
 Tasted by CManthei on 10/10/2014 & rated 88 points: Pleasant bouquet of ripe red fruits, crushed flowers and licorice. On the palate there is freshness combined with acidity, but unfortunately it seems flabby on the back-end. Just not much structure at all. Crushed rocks and ripe fruit make it enjoyable, but not much more complexity. I think it's already fully mature, atleast the half-bottle I had... (4213 views)
 Tasted by TAStark on 7/1/2014 & rated 89 points: Well made. Opened up with some time in the glass. Wait a few more years or give it a good decant. (4393 views)
 Tasted by jskuek on 6/22/2014 & rated 90 points: Ready to drink (3615 views)
 Tasted by khmark7 on 6/1/2014 & rated 89 points: Still very young with bright dark cherry aromas and a well balanced palate that is more resolved and vibrant than other right bank samples that I have tried. Much prefer the left bank in this vintage, at this stage. (4219 views)
 Tasted by Poisey on 5/3/2014 & rated 92 points: Lots of cassis, lead, gooseberry, blueberry and cedar. Smooth puckering tannin. Still quite youthful. Decanted 2 hours and still holding back. Restrained and powerful with big structure. Inky finish. (3956 views)
 Tasted by HStaal on 3/15/2014 & rated 90 points: WSET Level 3 Course - Berry Brothers & Rudd; 1/25/2014-3/22/2014 (Berry Brothers & Rudd - Basingstoke): TASTED UNDER WSET 3 EXAM CONDITIONS AS PART OF A MOCK EXAM. Single blind. Presented with choice of 3 possible generic identities for the sample.

Appearance: clear, deep ruby. Clear legs, purple rim
Nose: clean, medium(-)/medium intensity, fully developed, black fruit (blackcurrant, blackberry), red fruit(plum), toasty oak, savoury and earthy notes, mineral notes, pencil shavings
Palate: dry, medium acidity, medium(+) tannins, medium body, medium intensity flavours, medium(+) finish, medium level of alcohol(13.0%). Black fruit(blackcurrant, blackberry), red fruit(plum), toasty notes, earthy/savoury notes
Overall: Good balance; good length finish; quite intense flavours; good complexity.
Conclusion: VERY GOOD; can drink now – but has potential for further ageing; PREMIUM priced (£35.00) (4779 views)
 Tasted by barcud on 1/25/2014 & rated 88 points: first out of the case, still youthful, very closed nose. Good entrance and firm tannins. Not come together yet, try again 2 years. (3929 views)
 Tasted by Prinsen on 1/11/2014 & rated 89 points: Develloping in the right direction but still not ready to drink. Plenty of fruit. Still very closed. Doing well the second day but without lots of complexity. I believe it will be much better in 2015 and onwards. (3884 views)
 Tasted by senex on 1/7/2014 & rated 92 points: Understated, delicious and elegant. I think it will get even better. (3832 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 10/14/2013 & rated 90 points: Gorgeous deep red color and nuanced aroma on opening. 2nd day, still nice fruit. Tannin level still okay and integrated. Will easily go for several more years. (4910 views)
 Tasted by HStaal on 10/5/2013 & rated 90 points: WSET Level 2 Course - Berry Brothers & Rudd; 9/28/2013-10/26/2013 (Berry Brothers & Rudd - Basingstoke): A: clear deep ruby with garnet rim
N: clean; medium intense; black fruit; pencil shavings; cigar box; spicy tobacco.
P: dry; medium acidity; medium+ body; medium+ tannins; long finish; black fruit; well integrated oak toasty/earthy.
O: well balanced; good length; quite intense; complex but integrated flavours – VERY GOOD (4570 views)
 Tasted by riskun on 9/14/2013: Decent nose on the dark fruit side with a bit of lead and well balanced wood. Entry is fairly fruity and full. Nice mid-mouth with a fair amount of spice to the finish. Fairly high acidity and deep tannins. Very presentable. (3998 views)
 Tasted by Brook23 on 8/17/2013 & rated 92 points: fruity with blackcurrant and other dark fruits. well balanced acidity and tannins drinking very nicely now. (4168 views)
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2008, IWC Issue #138
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By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Jan/Feb 2008, Issue #13, The 2005 Bordeaux Vintage: A Snapshot of a Few Communes
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2007, IWC Issue #132
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Vinous, May/June 2006, IWC Issue #126
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
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By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, November 2009
(Chateau Cantemerle Haut-Médoc) Rather sweet and warm character to the fruit here, with a roasted herb note to it as well. A touch baked and raisiny, with little nuances of balsamic. The palate has a stony quality to it, it has some flesh but is certainly not generous, and there is a nice core of ripe tannins. The fruit quality here is a little chalky, although still with that very warm feel to it. Nice substance though, and so I will remain optimistic.  16.5-17+ points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (1/18/2008)
(Château Cantemerle) Dark red violet color; cedar and herbal nose; tight, if not pinched, tart cassis palate, a little disjointed; short medium finish (60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot)  83 points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, April 2006
(Chateau Cantemerle Haut-Médoc) CS 50%, M 40%, CF 5%, PV 5%. This wine has a vibrant hue, although there isn't the intensity displayed by many of the other wines. There is a spicy, meaty nose, showing attractive black fruits with a fresh, lifted style. Rather gentle on the palate, rounded, soft and approachable. This doesn't have the complex interest to be found elsewhere, and it has less depth than I would like. It's also a little short. But it will make very acceptable short-term drinking one day.  15-16 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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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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