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 Vintage2003 Label 1 of 83 
TypeRed
ProducerChâteau Cantemerle (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
Designationn/a
Vineyardn/a
CountryFrance
RegionBordeaux
SubRegionMédoc
AppellationHaut-Médoc

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2008 and 2016 (based on 18 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Cantemerle on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 88.3 pts. and median of 89 pts. in 89 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Ramberg on 2/26/2015 & rated 90 points: A surprise when revealed!
I was sure that this was much older, and from a much cooler vintage than it turned out, when the bottle was revealed.
My blind guess was 1996 left bank, due to the dry fruit and high acidity.
No sign, at all, of the 2003 superhot vintage in this wine.
Nose shows a mature left bank profile, with fine somewhat dry cabernet Sauvignon fruit, stable tones, some nice herbs and vegetal notes and gravel present.
Palate is long, a bit of sour red berries, creamy and ripe tannins, good length with very high and fine acidity.
Fruit is drying, so I would enjoy any bottles I had now, and not wait much longer since this is on its way over the peak, judging from this bottle tasted tonight.
Good spot right now and a mature Bdx.
A very fine achievement from a 5éme Cru Chateau in a rather overall bad vintage.
I enjoyed this allot.
(89 – 90) (693 views)
 Tasted by Patrik H on 2/26/2015 & rated 90 points: On the nose, leather, stable, pigsty, animal touch, vanilla, black lead, cedar and some herbs.
On the palate, Nice fine tuned tannins, cedar, fine red berries.
Long finish

Once again do the cantemerle deliver. (541 views)
 Tasted by DJPremierCru on 12/31/2014 & rated 78 points: Aerated a total of 3 hours. Hours 1 and 2, the wine had tremendous amounts of barnyard funk. Very strong. Hour 3, it became Brett and medicinal.

Very well integrated tannins and great full body.

Unfortunately, the wine tasted the same as the nose and was not very enjoyable. It also had a very green characteristic (menthol, eucalyptus, green peppers). (751 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 10/25/2014 & rated 89 points: Fully mature, the wine is pure elegant charm. The medium bodied, sweet cherry, tobacco, earth and floral notes are showing at their best. This is not a wine for long term cellaring. (1762 views)
 Tasted by canan on 10/15/2014 & rated 90 points: Excellent performance and drinking really nicely right now. Classic stuff but not a great depth.
However, still plenty of Bdx style and easy to drink and enjoy. (1287 views)
 Tasted by Hans Lukas on 10/5/2014 & rated 89 points: karmesinrot mit ziegelrotem Rand; gute Balance zwischen Frucht, Eichenholz, Vanille, Cabernet-Würze und Minaralität. Leichte Süße, gut eingebundene Tanine, angenehme Säure. nicht zu viel Sediment. Seidig. Sehr schön zu trinken. Nicht zu schwer, eher beschwingt. Schön ausgewogen. Auf dem Höhepunkt. Muss man nicht dekantieren. (979 views)
 Tasted by peterag on 5/24/2014 & rated 89 points: tasted from a magnum - initial disappointed thought after the first glass was that it is a bit off and corked. put away the bottle and re-tasted 24 hours later - very different taste, much softer, no cork and easy drink. has most of the regular cantemerle features, no depth of 2009-2010 vintages though (1770 views)
 Tasted by meqoubal36 on 4/29/2014 & rated 91 points: Comme tous les autres millésimes de Cantemerle que j'ai pu déguster celui-ci est excellent... Tanins plutôt bien intégrés, acidité excellente, fruit profond et ample, bonne présence en bouche... classique et délicieux. (1719 views)
 Tasted by alexc on 4/16/2014 & rated 89 points: This is drinking particularly well now.
Ruby colored with light sediment in the bottle. Medium bodied with smooth texture. (1458 views)
 Tasted by Champagneinhand on 2/11/2014 & rated 92 points: No real formal notes. Drank wonderful, loads of black fruit, well integrated tannins with a touch of spices and coca from the oak. Just went really well with the steaks we had. From a magnum. Against all of the Left Bank tasting from 2003, we had last Summer this would hold it own at a much lower tariff. (2088 views)
 Tasted by CRichards on 1/12/2014 & rated 88 points: Reliable, generally good (1830 views)
 Tasted by Chip Merlot on 11/14/2013 & rated 91 points: I can't add much to the tasting notes here. Classic left bank aroma and palate ... really pleasant mouthfeel. A little surprisingly light in color. But extremely enjoyable. I'm a fan of the 2003 vintage. (1673 views)
 Tasted by drdebs on 6/7/2013 & rated 89 points: Four years after last tasting, and this wine is still drinking well. Still funky on first opening, but it blows off quickly. Nice, classic Bdx profile of cassis and herbs. Not enough complexity to move it into outstanding, but for the price I paid in the futures market ($21) so many years ago, this delivers. (2573 views)
 Tasted by Perthor01 on 3/25/2013 & rated 89 points: Opened, a couple of hours before drinking. Strong aromas of dark cherries and leather. Good. A bit warm but - if it did not tell on the bottle I would not have guessed 2003 which is quite something - cantemerle never really lets you down. (2872 views)
 Tasted by avp on 3/11/2013: Classic nose of cassis and maraschino cherries with pencil shavings, blood, slight barnyard, blue flowers, tobacco and dusty cedar.
Fullbodied and supple palate with meaty weight, balanced acidity and loads of dark fruit: cassis, cherries and blueberries. Graphite, tobacco, coffee and dusty cedar. Long aftertaste.
Very classy Bdx for a hot year. Drinking just beautifully now, though there's no hurry with this one. Fine. (2926 views)
 Tasted by theusualsuspect on 3/7/2013 & rated 90 points: A very nice Bordeaux on the red fruit side with surprising length given its pedigree. Actually needed airing - three hours brought it out. A certain tobacco ashy note on the nose to me. (2522 views)
 Tasted by carlkallen on 1/9/2013 & rated 90 points: A much improved effort. We have held on to this case for over 5 years since buying it and as time has evolved, so has the wine, rather nicely!
Dark garnet with intense tearing. A strong aroma of earth, berries, leather-sack, with a hint of clove-spice alongside a miniscule toast hint. The taste evolves nicely in the mouth with some added peppered undertone, a 20-second lingering bouquet of jam and floral berries (contributed by the Cabernet Franc). Impressive! (2840 views)
 Tasted by Perthor01 on 9/9/2012 & rated 89 points: Opened, a couple of hours before drinking. Strong aromas of dark cherries and leather. A bit warm but with nice mature tannin. A finish of dark fruit and - medium length. Last bottle and in time. (3225 views)
 Tasted by Prinsen on 7/31/2012 & rated 87 points: Basicly a good wine with a lot of power, but it has a lack of complexity and gets a little bit too much earth and animal taste and smell (2899 views)
 Tasted by Julian Marshall on 4/10/2012: This was a nice surprise. I was expecting the usual 03 characteristics, but this has neither burnt fruit, nor drying tannins, nor a lack of typicity. It's got good ripe berry flavours, concentrated but not overly so, maybe not a totally typical Cantemerle, but plenty of charm and elegance. Strangely enough a much better wine than the rather innocuous 2000. Excellent value too, since it cost the same as a CB. It should improve further over the next two or three years. (3380 views)
 Tasted by NiklasW on 1/25/2012 & rated 90 points: ChTR kokous 25.01.2012 (SKO-toimisto): Decanted for an hour. A garnet red, no bricking in evidence yet. The nose is very typical Bordeaux and at a very nice stage for me. Lots of barnyard, cassis and even a bit of coffee. The palate was delicious, lots of cassis and tannins, not sweet at all. This is ready to go now, but will last for a while yet. I was happy that I opened this bottle though, as the were signs of imminent seepage, the cork would have failed within a year or two! (4054 views)
 Tasted by carlkallen on 12/11/2011 & rated 92 points: Tears in a dark garnet colour are moderate. Deep berry taste/aroma with hints of vanilla with strands of medium tannis and coffee rinds. The bouquet is long and lingers well. A great wine that is close to ready - expect good things in 2015 (4007 views)
 Tasted by christhewino on 10/24/2011 & rated 90 points: Opened, but not decanted, for about 60 minutes before drinking. Strong aromas of dark cherries, brambles and warm leather. The palate is smooth and warm with a lovely tannic, fruity fullness. Quite a bitter apple skin finish but this does fade slowly into dark fruit and apple pie. I have two more and will probably leave another 2-3 years before the next one, it has some edges to lose. (4120 views)
 Tasted by carlkallen on 10/15/2011 & rated 90 points: The Cantemrele is starting to develop nicely. Dark Ruby coloured with mid- tearing. Perfume of forest berries and slight moss. Taste is deep and intensely dense with strong rasperry and blakcbery with tannin-structure, leathery and tea-like. Wine opening up nicely and should be peaking in 2013-2015 (3840 views)
 Tasted by rocknroller on 9/18/2011 & rated 90 points: Bordeaux Tasting Highlights at Levain (Levain, Mpls): Dark red color. Nose starts off with some old school funk, nice earth, red fruits, cherry, red currant, medium body, soft, integrated. A bit simple, but good QPR. 90+pts (4353 views)
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (10/1/2010)
(Ch Cantemerle Haut-Médoc Red) Subscribe to see review text.
The World of Fine Wine, December 2007, Issue #18
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (11/3/2005)
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (4/7/2005)
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2004, IWC Issue #114
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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.

France

Vins de France (Office National Interprofessionnel des Vins ) | Pages Vins, Directory of French Winegrowers | French Wine (Wikipedia)

Bordeaux

Bordeaux Wine Guide

Vins Bordeaux (Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux)

History of Bordeaux

History of 1855 Bordeaux Classification

Médoc

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.

Haut-Médoc

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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