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 Vintage2000 Label 1 of 82 
ProducerChâteau Cantemerle (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
UPC Code(s)071570013059, 087000327900, 5400115241001, 675637245003

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2007 and 2016 (based on 100 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Cantemerle on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 89.3 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 330 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Barry Notes on 5/3/2015 & rated 88 points: PnP w/30 min decant. Minor sediments. Beautiful purple color no hint of brown edge/bricking. Some funk upon opening. Fully mature w/usual traits of an older wine. Must, tobacco, tar, slight cork, wet forest/paper, leather, dark but still decent fruit. Held up well considering. Nothing off. Good example of aged Claret. $36 (813 views)
 Tasted by Plabella on 4/30/2015 & rated 93 points: full body with great nose (759 views)
 Tasted by guribh on 4/11/2015 & rated 91 points: Dark, with minor discoloration , if any. Pretty berry, mild vanilla and light cedar. Quite elegant, but in a somewhat new world way (oak?). medium-full bodied, with good length. Silky finish. At peak, but likely to hold fine for 5-10 at this state (1111 views)
 Tasted by stephen locke on 4/8/2015 & rated 89 points: From a half bottle.
Bright vibrant wine with good acidity, fresh fruits and resolved tannins.
Not terribly complex but certainly enjoyable (1125 views)
 Tasted by jmht on 4/4/2015 & rated 91 points: Nose of currants, cigar box, forest floor, palate of black fruits, soy, forest floor, minerals, and impeccable balance and elegance. Drink now! (1344 views)
 Tasted by Vino Me on 3/14/2015 & rated 92 points: Opened 6 hours before dinner but not decanted. Crimson color with a little bricking. Aromas of forest floor, soy and a vegetative component. Notes of cherries, leather, herbs and pencil lead. Earthy texture. This is a mature Bordeaux with interesting secondary nuances. 92-93 points. (1289 views)
 Tasted by AllRed on 3/14/2015 & rated 92 points: Opened by VM. Deep inky crimson core. Notes of roasted bell pepper, dark fruit, herbs and barnyard. Medium-bodied and nicely integrated, this was much more advanced and ready than I would have anticipated. Flavors of dark fruit and currants, plum, forest floor and barnyard. A rustic wine that I thoroughly enjoyed. 92+ pts. (1420 views)
 Tasted by thelostverse on 3/14/2015 & rated 92 points: Opened by Vino Me at gourmet I. Saddle leather, tobacco and faint red fruits. In a good place right now. (1508 views)
 Tasted by Tree512 on 3/6/2015 & rated 92 points: Drinking very well now. Ripe red fruits, enough stuffing to make it interesting, great combination of fruit and secondaries now. Medium length and body, great combination of classic BDX flavors and warm year ripe fruit. (1363 views)
 Tasted by Deryl on 2/1/2015 & rated 89 points: Needs a couple hours decent to soften. (1751 views)
 Tasted by TheMajor on 1/23/2015 & rated 91 points: The best and most talked about vintage of Cantemerle in a recent vertical tasting at a hosted dinner party (1970, 1982, 1996, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2010, all but the first 2 bought en primeur) (Small note - sadly we all missed out on the 1989 which is my favourite Cantemerle but it is now too expensive for me to justify buying it!). Plenty of cedar and surprisingly barnyardy (almost too much at the start, even though you expect a bit of barnyard), good depth, and hitting its stride (don't think it will get much better, but you don't need to rush). PS The 2009 and 2010, much vaunted by Parker, are currently a bit disappointing in my view - hope they improve! (1710 views)
 Tasted by walkerjfw on 1/18/2015 & rated 92 points: At home with Chicken (under a brick)Toscana. Great match for the thyme/rosemary/garlic in this concoction...Fresh stash of this vintage thanks to Gary - I think I paid $20 for this at release, maybe $45 for the aged version...

Consistent with prior notes...dark fruits, classic floral, graphite/lead nose. Lavender, tobacco, dark cherries, currant, cedar. Picked up a forest floor/pine. Medium finish. Elegant and smooth.

Right in its zone, classic old school Bordeaux. I think this wine has been underrated. If you need a Bordeaux that doesn't break the bank, pairs well with fragrant food...this is a great call (1753 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 1/13/2015 & rated 89 points: - Brick color. It's lacking fruit and has flavours of dusty and sherry with a medium body. Leathery texture with a medium finish - Tasty old wine. Probably peaked a few years ago. Lost most of the fruit notes, but good structure and still very good with food. (1916 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 1/12/2015 flawed bottle: - Brick color - Cork moded. Wine hammered. Can't even vinegar it... Bummer
 Tasted by Atreyu on 1/10/2015 & rated 94 points: underrated in the past, this is an outstanding wine that is now entering it's prime drinking window (1456 views)
 Tasted by grafighter on 1/2/2015 & rated 92 points: Coravin'ed few more ounces. This time, it sat for 12 hours. And just like that, all the barnyard aroma is gone. Very good classic Bordeaux: cedar, cassis, tobacco. Now I know what to do with the rest of my bottles. (1363 views)
 Tasted by grafighter on 12/31/2014 & rated 90 points: Coravin'ed few ounces onto a glass. Strong funk/barnyard remained even after 2 hours. No bricking. Funk finally started subsiding after 3 hours. Slight nose of tobacco, leather, cedar appeared. Classic Bordeaux structure. Still grippy tannins and good amount of acid, fruit almost gone. 90 pts for now. Will let the next glass sit for at least 4 hours before tasting next time. (1190 views)
 Tasted by hoservin on 12/28/2014 & rated 91 points: Coravined 2/3 of a bottle, aerated with a Vinturi and decanted for 1.5 hours. Nose of blackberry, currant, cocoa powder, cedar and graphite. Blackberry, currant, spice, leather, black licorice and soft tannins on the palate. Leads to a medium to long, soft, dry finish. Medium bodied. Excellent bottle and QPR. Paired with roast lamb. (1208 views)
 Tasted by djarcara on 12/25/2014 & rated 90 points: Classic Bordeaux. Cassis, tabacco, and cedar. Drinking wonderfully now. (1232 views)
 Tasted by le fouloir on 12/25/2014 & rated 90 points: Solid Bordeaux - drinking well. Rich, deep color. Several years of maturity left. (1330 views)
 Tasted by Deryl on 12/6/2014 & rated 89 points: Only decanted for about half hour. Needed longer to allow the French Funk to blow off. Eventually it did and was good as ever. (1790 views)
 Tasted by ProfByron on 12/4/2014 & rated 91 points: Surprisingly dark, youthful, clearly a well kept bottle and good cork. Classy claret. Wish I had more of this. Great future ahead of it, should deliver excellent returns over the next 5 years too. (1817 views)
 Tasted by DoubleMagnum on 11/29/2014 & rated 90 points: Drinking just lovely. Good amount of extract compared to the 2008. (1778 views)
 Tasted by stealthman_1 on 10/4/2014 & rated 92 points: Hitting on all cylinders and still just a baby. Black opaque core, even with less than an ounce in the glass. While I guess you could say it's not focused, it is hitting all the classic Bordeaux notes and playing them well. Tobacco shed, salty leather, mild iodine, and some Christmas spice on the nose that made me do the 'happy dance' from the minute I pulled the cork. Nice medium bodied palate with generous black fruit to accompany all the tertiary flavors, medium long finish. A beautiful bottle of $20 Bordeaux with a long life ahead of it. My thoughts would be drink now through 2025. From pristine storage, bought on release. (2731 views)
 Tasted by Les Kangas on 9/6/2014 & rated 90 points: Totally different from the bottle I had last year. Opened, decanted and waited about one hour and it seemed to be fading. A few minutes later, it tasted gone, and twenty minutes later it was back. Next time, no waiting after decant. (2987 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (5/6/2009)
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (10/16/2003)
(Ch Cantemerle Haut-Médoc Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (12/14/2002)
(Ch Cantemerle Haut-Médoc Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2001, IWC Issue #96
(Chateau Cantemerle Haut Medoc) Subscribe to see review text.
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, November 2005
(Chateau Cantemerle Haut-Médoc) This is much more deeply coloured compared to the 1998, with youthful dark fruit and roasted nuts to be found on the nose. On entry, a slightly creamy style is apparent, with a ripe, nutty, rounded flavour and mouthfeel. This is concentrated, and firmly tannic, and yet maintains a supple presence. This is very good indeed, but demands 5-6 years cellaring as a minimum.  17+ points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (8/15/2003)
(Château Cantemerle) Beefy, vegetal nose; herbaceous, tart cherry palate; medium finish  88 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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