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 Vintage1986 Label 1 of 252 
ProducerChâteau Cantemerle (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2000 and 2010 (based on 1 user opinion)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Cantemerle on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 86.1 pts. and median of 86 pts. in 14 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Anonymous on 5/25/2015 flawed bottle: Corked (1100 views)
 Tasted by DaleW on 7/1/2014: More open, good acids, good fruit. B/B+ (1915 views)
 Tasted by salil on 6/28/2014 & rated 89 points: Cantemerle/La Lagune vertical (Dobbs Ferry): There's a faint stewed/slightly overripe character on the nose, but on the palate this is really nice with bright red and dark fruits tinged with leather and earth. Not as complex as the '89 or the '96 that preceded it and a little more angular on the palate, but nicely balanced. (2682 views)
 Tasted by blanquito on 6/28/2014 & rated 87 points: Cantemerle & Lagune Vertical; 6/28/2014-6/30/2014 (Dale's): Mature, smokey, notes of iron and cedar. Firm yet open, drinking fine if lacking a little pizzazz. 87-88 pts (2091 views)
 Tasted by lwt on 2/4/2014 & rated 90 points: I concur with Henry's note as well as his comments on bottle variation. Smoke and brett, full-bodied, savoury elements with fruit still alive and kicking. Rustic, masculine, some rough edges and lacking elegence but tannins appear to have smoothed out considerably. Like some of the 86s I've tasted recently, the wine has probably just entered a long drinking window with little fear of the fruit drying out anytime soon. (2137 views)
 Tasted by quaglia on 9/18/2013 & rated 84 points: This was quite a bet.
Cork and level almost perfect. Decanted 1 hour.
Alive Ruby red, with pink/orange rim; consistent.
Intense,complex and fine at nose: Mainly vegetal (Rubhurb, Cola), spicy (Coffee and tobacco), red fruits jam on the background. Some dust/earth and maybe tertiary hints.
Dry,decent body and tamed tannins. Intense persistent and fine. Long finish also if low acidity and decadent body. Black Fruit on the background. (1780 views)
 Tasted by Harry Cantrell on 9/8/2013 & rated 93 points: I am absolutely convinced not only of bottle variation but that a good cellar is worth its weight in gold. Many on Cellartracker! rate this in the mid 80s-but they sure as hell are not drinking what I am. The color is garnet with a hint of orange at the rim. Nose all tertiary-seasoned salt, tobacco and cedar. Taste was medium weight, medium midpalate and good finish. Taste was dried herbs, tobacco with a hint of licorice. An absolute delight and it shows 1986s-at least the lover levels-if stored well are drinking well. YUM! Stored in an active cellar since release. (1058 views)
 Tasted by MJ_777 on 7/5/2012 & rated 85 points: Bricking on the rim with a closed nose at the beginning, opened in the decanter and got a slight but typical Cantemerle nose, but pats it`s prime.
Into neck level and cork slightly saturated.
Nice old Bordeaux with a medium body and short finish that got much longer after 3 hours in the decanter.
Lot of plums on the palate.
Decanted for 1 hour 15 minutes and drunk over 2 hours.
Drink up. (1990 views)
 Tasted by djarcara on 9/6/2010 & rated 84 points: Past it's prime. (2281 views)
 Tasted by Epicurism on 2/6/2010 & rated 85 points: started drinking immediately after decanting, no evolution. Very nice medoc, smell and taste. Color was a bit off. (2294 views)
 Tasted by jolson on 4/14/2007 & rated 87 points: Nothing exciting too exciting here but definitely a good bottle. Pretty subdued nose but I get hints of chocolate and spice. No tannins evident, this one is in decline so drink up. Not the best buy from price/quality ratio. (2324 views)
 Tasted by jdunnuck on 6/3/2005 & rated 86 points: Poured from a magnum and the cork was completely solid. Similar nose to the older LLC but a little more lean. Still had some fruit but just a little thin or herbal. Kept waffeling on wether I liked this or not. Wouldn't say there was much complexity but still enjoyable. (2640 views)

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By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Jul/Aug 2014, Issue #52, Château Cantemerle The Southern Médoc’s Hidden Crown Jewell
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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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