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| ||Tasted by StephenB on 5/14/2009 & rated 77 points: Harsh bitter tannins swamped what little fruit was apparent in this wine. The nose was incredibly closed to start off with, eventually some blackcurrant fruit emerged but the nose remained one dimensional. Some blackcurrant fruit in the mouth, but a short finish and a bitter aftertaste from the tannins. Sadly, the tannins outlasted the fruit in this wine. (3517 views)|
| ||Tasted by chatters on 1/17/2009 & rated 88 points: Very tannic, a tiny tiny bit of dry savoury bramble hiding somewhere but not really that special... (3601 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 8/2/2008: Strange wine. Not corked, but not fresh either. The bottles I drank much younger seemed to be ok, but this bottle reminds me of several of the 1993 bottles I had from this chateau; not really a pleasure. Tried it later the same evening as well as the next day, but there was no improvement. No score. (3719 views)|
| ||Tasted by Motronic on 6/22/2008: First bottle of three bought. Oh, boy, something is terriblly wrong with this bottle. It's not corked per se, but the first whiff gave me goosebumps from the stink and rotten vegitable smell shooting from the bottle. The cork was quickly put back in hope of some slow-oxigination revivial. Sadly, this bottle is a goner as the stink is still there after checking at 4/6/8hrs. internval. Well....down the drain it goes. I hope the other two fairs better.... (3936 views)|
| ||Tasted by rooview on 8/16/2006 & rated 89 points: Developed ruby colour. A medium bodied classic 'claret'. Tannins completely integrated. Fully mature - drink now. Very good for the vintage. Worked beautifully with dry aged scotch fillet with garlic butter. (4235 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 12/13/1998 & rated 88 points: Full bodied, fruit, good oak, well balanced. This is a good effort. Real pleasure to drink. (2628 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 12/8/1996 & rated 87 points: Loaded with tannin, but nice wood. Hidden finesse is what I would like to call it now. Let’s see what it will be like in the future. (2712 views)|
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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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).