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 Vintage1985 Label 1 of 104 
ProducerChâteau Cantemerle (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 1993 and 2013 (based on 4 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 12 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Martin Gagnon on 11/23/2014: Very nice typical old Bordeaux. Tannins are still present. Lots of leather, smoke, humid earth and cigarbox aromas. Drinking very well still! (662 views)
 Tasted by meqoubal36 on 4/1/2013 & rated 91 points: Excellent vin, fruit charnu, goût puissant et délicat, cèdre, cerise noire, corsé, poivré, opulent. (2127 views)
 Tasted by Prinsen on 9/28/2012 & rated 92 points: Very good, typical bordeaux left bank, leather,cigarbox, earth with a little sweet tone in the taste. Lasting for at least 4 hours. (2760 views)
 Tasted by jdlee1232 on 6/30/2010 & rated 85 points: Thin, astringent. Definitely past its prime, or maybe it never had much a prime. (3580 views)
 Tasted by salil on 6/2/2009 & rated 89 points: Clear light red colour with intense leathery aromas on the nose and softer flavours of earth, graphite and red fruits beneath. Light bodied and elegant on the palate with gentle red fruited flavours mingled with more leather, graphite, tobacco and earth over fine grained tannins and good acidity. Still drinking really nicely; very complex, interesting to explore with air and lovely to sit down and drink over an evening. (3750 views)
 Tasted by mrm27 on 12/28/2008 & rated 87 points: The positive score reflects an excellent effort here. The wine has a lovely nose, deep to the core with mature cabernet fruit and cedary notes. On the palate, the acidity comes through and it's lean, but with enough to it to be nicely drinkable. But this is RIGHT on the tip of the cliff and may have a relatively rapid decline. Also, I feel positive about this because it came from the same lot as an unpleasant Lascombes 81 whose cork fell into the bottle. (3263 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 8/1/2008 & rated 90 points: Pale ruby in color. It looks weak from color but impressive nose of overwhelming saddle leather and cedar with some sticks and funky, perhaps veggie, goodness. The nose is a 93+ and perhaps not for everyone but the taste is where it falls a bit short. Mouth feel is a tad thin and the fruit is tired. It is almost as if the fruit has soured. Still over all quite nice. It is different, not for everyone but complex and interesting. (2293 views)
 Tasted by Kevin_C on 6/12/2008 & rated 85 points: Underripe. A little green...like green beans. (1947 views)
 Tasted by pizzler on 10/8/2007 & rated 90 points: Very pleasant, still has legs to last a few more years, it's not great wine, but it has matured well, is smooth and balanced. It's an easy choice to bring to wow people with very diverse palates. (2025 views)
 Tasted by winefool on 1/1/2005 & rated 89 points: Bottle survived nicely. Wonderful, rich bordeaux, perhaps a little past its prime. 91 pts. Circa 1997
Ruby crimson color. Nice medium aroma of cedar, red fruit, sour cherry. Still holding decent fruit if a little thin. Secondary flavors of tea and eucalyptus. Pleasant enough - never going to get any better though. 89-90pts. 1/05 (2131 views)

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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 Bordeaux

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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