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 Vintage1990 Label 1 of 82 
TypeRed
ProducerChâteau Cantemerle (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
Designationn/a
Vineyardn/a
CountryFrance
RegionBordeaux
SubRegionMédoc
AppellationHaut-Médoc
UPC Code(s)3148590512231

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 1996 and 2010 (based on 5 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Cantemerle on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 89.8 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 20 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by empire80 on 3/5/2015 & rated 91 points: Hint of farmyard on the nose, but unmistakeable cedar and pencil too. Clearly fully evolved and probably in gentle decline, but fading fruit compensated by leathery complexity. Served slightly on the cool side, which probably helped. Highly enjoyable. (319 views)
 Tasted by stiang on 6/26/2014 & rated 90 points: Meget bra klassisk bordeaux. Pent moden, men tåler å ligge lengre. (1212 views)
 Tasted by Wineteacher on 6/17/2014 & rated 90 points: The cork was still in good shape and it came out nicely using a Teflon coated Pull Screw. The wine was decanted with only a light sediment left behind. The color was light with a slight tile on the edge. The bouquet was a beautiful cedar and tobacco with a bit of dead leaf and saddle. There is also a bit of iodine and minerality. The taste is consistent with the bouquet. there is very little tannins left in this wine. The texture was of medium body even though the color of the wine was very light with a great deal of transparency. It is a very enjoyable wine of great complexity and with still enough fruit to hold interest. The fruit was also very evolved although not at all over the hill. Some may consider this wine past the peak of the plateau but I feel that it is well compensated by utmost complexity and with just the right type of profile for a mature claret. A lighter wine is a very good thing when the flavor is full and the complexity is all there. I would consider this wine at peak maturity myself. Loved it with a properly prepared French menu. (1091 views)
 Tasted by rossi.wine on 3/31/2014 & rated 88 points: Slight discolouration, orange-red, rusty. Also pretty evolved on the nose, cedar, spice box, earthy, leathery, plummy - expressive and pretty opulent. On the palate not a lot of concentration, a bit tired, mineral, hardly any tannins, subtle, round, lacking grip, medium- finish, nice, but not much depth. Drink up, past its peak. 87-88 (1417 views)
 Tasted by empire80 on 1/12/2014 & rated 91 points: Text book mature claret, cedar nose and gently fading fruit. This may be gently declining, but this bottle was extremely enjoyable. (1491 views)
 Tasted by Davyd Chong on 7/30/2013 & rated 91 points: Lovely mature Bordeaux nose, woody, very balanced and elegant wine, silky tannins, hints of dark chocolate, a bit of lime, lots of sweet dark fruits and cherries. Not too complex, and its flavour seemed on the decline, but still an easy drinking and enjoyable wine. Went perfectly well with my seafood dinner! (2428 views)
 Tasted by Darren747 on 11/12/2011 & rated 91 points: Delicious again, but time to drink up! (3041 views)
 Tasted by Darren747 on 6/7/2011 & rated 90 points: Decanted for only one hour as worried it may be a little too evolved. A deliciously mature nose with cassis, graphite, rich tobacco and a core of mature fruit cake. A lighter palate than the nose suggests, but well developed. Tannins are fully integrated and the fruit has almost gone, replaced with tobacco, leather and old cedar with just a touch of sous-bois. Elegant, refined and only 12% abv - classic claret and just as it should be. Probably a tad past its best but a lovely way to toast my final diploma exam today! (2899 views)
 Tasted by stiang on 11/24/2010 & rated 89 points: Dette var godt. Veldig modent - uten tvil på topp nå. Fortsatt mye struktur. (3245 views)
 Tasted by MPB54 on 8/11/2009: Drank one of 5 remaining in the cellar. Info says we should have consumed by 2007. Wine has begun to brown out. Probably past its peak but still a nice bottle of wine. Nice nose, good fruit, flavor opened over an hour or so. (3439 views)
 Tasted by RusNewton on 1/14/2009 & rated 93 points: Opened this with some trepidation as it was shown as 'drink by 2006'. So.... WOW. Very nice. Lovely deep colour, very full, blackcurrant flavour. Seems like it would last longer. (3177 views)
 Tasted by AndrewSGHall on 5/29/2007: Nice dark blood colour with a fig, leather and oily nose. Same soft and caressing texture. Less complex than previous bottle and floral fruits led into sweetness on the end, though balanced with earthy notes and overall feeling of mossy age. Very enjoyable to finish off an evening. (3203 views)
 Tasted by AndrewSGHall on 3/1/2007: Just an evening to compare some juice w/ friends: Opaque blood colour - even darker than the '97 Cos beside it. Rich nose with leather oil, fig and nuts. Really velvety and stroking texture. Light body. Medium finish with some cassis, elder flower and dust. Lovely, fresher feeling than expected. (3674 views)
 Tasted by DaleW on 9/19/2006 & rated 89 points: Good color, seems rather youthful. Tannins are fully resolved, and there are mature notes of leather and tobacco, but the fruit is reasonably lively for a 16 yrold lesser wine. The fruit is more red plum than black, and does have
a little bit of the roasted notes that can distract in the 1990s. This is not especially deep or complex, but a nice soft Bordeaux. Blind Ibet I would have guessed Right Bank (merlot), though label says it is 45% CS, 40% Merlot, 10 % CF, 5 % PV. This isn't a great Bordeaux, but a decent mature Bordeaux with roast chicken isn't a bad way to dine. (3240 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 1/12/2006 & rated 89 points: Nice. Still has some black fruit. Musty and earthy. Some life ahead still. (3859 views)
 Tasted by Xavier Auerbach on 2/6/2003 & rated 90 points: Nicely mature by now, aromatic (herbs, mint, strawberry and raspberry, stables), not the power of the 1989, lighter and more elegant but with good weight and length. Drink now - 2008. (507 views)
 Tasted by AndrewSGHall on 1/27/2003: Hours to open up. At first, very bretty and metallic. Opened up with leathery notes and dried prune and blueberry fruit. Long finish with tarry notes and dried flowers.
Perhaps a little past peak, but overall exceeded its station rather remarkably. Paired excellently with Roast chicken with mushrom mac-n-goat cheese (3568 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, May 2003
(Chateau Cantemerle Haut-Médoc) This is one of the paler wines. An intriguing nose, with toffee, orange fruit and a touch of caramel. Structured and balanced palate, quite seamless through the midpalate, with fully integrated tannins. Roasted, spicy black fruits. Not as sweet or as obvious as some of the other wines. Good wine - I enjoyed this more than my last tasting of Cantemerle 1990. Drinking now.  17 points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, December 2000
(Chateau Cantemerle Haut-Médoc) A tawny orange note to a moderately coloured wine. Coffee and tobacco leaves on the nose. Rich fruit on the palate, still with some toasty, smoky oak. Good balance.  16.5 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.

France

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

Bordeaux

Bordeaux Wine Guide

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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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