Pop and pour. Way better than first bottle drank 2 yaers ago. Rather full body, full integrated tannins and a good acidity than bring a great balance. I really think it's at its peak but you can hold it for another 5+ years. Personally i will start to drink my others bottles.
(Decanter's Bordeaux '05, '09, '10 tasting) :: Really starting to blossom. A bit shy perhaps (esp for the vintage), but a fine balance of cassis, red fruits, leather, pepper and earth notes. A well structured, complete palate, and plenty of stuffing left.
Spicy nose, with young wood showing, touch of alcohol, raisins, licorice, dark fruit, blackberries and some black currants and dark cherries, spices and gravel/minerals. Quite pleasant. Palate shows creamy fruit, fine tannins, medium structure, darker and sweeter fruit, with dark cherries and blackberries and bramble with some earth underneath. Good length and finish. This is very different from the 2003 and 2004 drunk in the same flight. This is definitely a wine that will benefit from a bit more time in the cellar, but good tonight. points for tonights performance. (88 – 90)
Too early to drink this wine. Cantemerle can be a superb wine, punching way above its weight. After decanting for 4 hours this wine had still not opened up and the tannin was still too present. Wait another year or two and it should hopefully open up and be more balanced. I have high hopes for this great vintage.
Pleasant bouquet of ripe red fruits, crushed flowers and licorice. On the palate there is freshness combined with acidity, but unfortunately it seems flabby on the back-end. Just not much structure at all. Crushed rocks and ripe fruit make it enjoyable, but not much more complexity. I think it's already fully mature, atleast the half-bottle I had...
Still very young with bright dark cherry aromas and a well balanced palate that is more resolved and vibrant than other right bank samples that I have tried. Much prefer the left bank in this vintage, at this stage.
Appearance: clear, deep ruby. Clear legs, purple rim Nose: clean, medium(-)/medium intensity, fully developed, black fruit (blackcurrant, blackberry), red fruit(plum), toasty oak, savoury and earthy notes, mineral notes, pencil shavings Palate: dry, medium acidity, medium(+) tannins, medium body, medium intensity flavours, medium(+) finish, medium level of alcohol(13.0%). Black fruit(blackcurrant, blackberry), red fruit(plum), toasty notes, earthy/savoury notes Overall: Good balance; good length finish; quite intense flavours; good complexity. Conclusion: VERY GOOD; can drink now – but has potential for further ageing; PREMIUM priced (£35.00)
Develloping in the right direction but still not ready to drink. Plenty of fruit. Still very closed. Doing well the second day but without lots of complexity. I believe it will be much better in 2015 and onwards.
Decent nose on the dark fruit side with a bit of lead and well balanced wood. Entry is fairly fruity and full. Nice mid-mouth with a fair amount of spice to the finish. Fairly high acidity and deep tannins. Very presentable.
out of the bottle the wine has a nice color but is missing a strong bouquet. everything about the wine says "decent, but not great." About an hour in the glass yielded some nice fruit opening up and a much better profile overall. Definitely don't pop and pour. I only paid about $35 for this a few years back and I would say at that price its a decent QPR.
A creamy bouquet with ripe dark fruits as well as some sweet spices. On the palate firm acidity, a bit edgy, grainy tannin, some bell peppers and red fruits. Medium length. The wine needs some more time. Until 2016?
Bordeaux-like flavors of blackberry, charcoal and wood. Medium bodied with a slightly acidic and lean texture and a short to medium finish. Overall, what is there is decent with good flavors and no major flaws, but lacks depth, concentration and length.
Mostly dark fruits but without much ripeness. Hints of cedar, leather and spice in the background. Rather lean and almost thin with slightly firm edges and a drying mouthfeel. Short to medium finish that seems a bit unbalanced. Overall not as good as a prior bottle.
Dark berries, marzipan, some leather, tough tannins. Shut and locked at the moment. Wait at least 5 years or let breathe for several hours in a wide decanter and serve with cuts of prime entrecote with bearnaise.
Restrained nose whispers bordeaux but is otherwise generic; cedar, red berries, licorice, medium-light body showing some slightly grainy tannins and lacking much complexity; good acidity but finishes with a little heat and comes off unbalanced. Overall not bad but i expected this to have it together more than it did, especially for an 05.
Very classically styled Bordeaux, which seems to be the exception rather than the norm these days. Medium bodied with a touch of leafy cab Sav fruit in there. Bright acidity keeps this fresh and crisp....probably won't appeal to those who expect their wines to be plush and opulent but there's is a certain retro charm about this wine. Will be an early drinker for a 2005.. Pretty much good to go and will last for another 10
This wine is delicious. Drink it straight after decanting and there is a good rich fruity nose with a longish follow through. I suspect that it will evolve and improve over the next 5 years into something quite substantial.
Popped and poured. Strong initial whiff of currants. Medium body, good acidity, needs time. Cantemerle has remained reasonably affordable while other bordeaux have gone through the roof. Screaming bargain at $20 from the BPWine soiled label sale.
This is a wine that has potential, but doesn't quite hit the mark it's aiming for. With about an hour of air, it's lighter and less expressive than one would expect. Red fruits, cedar, and some soft leather. For a $40 bottle, it's nothing I'd want to buy by the case.
I had rather modest expectations for this wine and to my pleasant surprise, they were all either met or exceeded. Typical Bordeaux nose of dark fruits, spice, earth and oak. Aromas carry over to the palate onto a medium body with a slightly lean texture. Nice, medium, fruity, earthy finish with an acidic bite. Nothing really outstanding, but overall a nice wine with correct, classic bordeaux flavors and textures. 89-90
A confirmation of my note in June this year. The wine is pleasant, creamy, some cassis and some butter. Still some firm tannin and medium bodied and lacking real complexity. With 87 the same score as in June. Might gain a little with a few more years of ageing, but will never hit the 90 imho.
With a delicate aroma of flowers, black raspberries, spice and earth, this medium bodied wine is pure elegance. Soft, refined and not for tasters that seek out ripe, powerful wines. This is my favorite vintage of Cantemerle since 1989. This is not a wine that needs a lot of cellaring time. Give it another 2-3 years and drink it up before it hits 20, to enjoy its delicate charms.
Pleasant bouquet with cassis and pleasant oak. On the palate also juicy cassis, some green bell peppers, ok acidity and a firm amount of bitterness and tannin. Straight forward wine. Reading my previous notes I see this wine is becoming better and better. So maybe keeping this for another 5+ years will be rewarding.
Cabernet Uncorked hosted by Phil Reedman MW (Sydney Wine Academy, 250 Blaxland Road, Ryde): Colour: Medium intensity ruby, clear wine Nose: Medium plus intensity, developing, clean wine with aromas of jammy red plum, red currant, slight mint/pyrazine, slight clove and hints of savoury meat. Mouth: Medium plus acid, savoury red berry and cherry fruit, some cigar box, leather and cream on the medium plus finish. Despite it's age and complexity it still feels very disjointed. Tertiary characteristics are coming through but it doesn't quite feel right for me. Perhaps time is required for everything to have an opportunity to get into balance.
From half bottle, and a lot more enjoyable than the Leoville Barton or the DDC served alongside. This starts out rather closed and unyielding at first, but with time it starts to show a nice perfume of red fruits tinged with smoke and earth. This conveys a finesse and a sense of lightness I rarely find in young Bordeaux, showing a beautiful polished texture with surprisingly gentle tannins on a medium weight frame. Very nice, and I expect this will be a lot more enjoyable with time.
The wine is supple and approachable. The tannin is soft and friendly. Black as well as red fruits. Certainly an ok wine, but I disagree with the high scores in CT/GS because in my opinion it lacks some complexity. Pleasant drinking now and probably the next 8+ years from now.
Opened on a Tuesday, re-corked and served Wednesday; a brief decant for aeration, too. Classic claret from the get-go, with mineral and floral aromas leading the way into a well of freshly picked red berries and currants, both on the nose and palate. Generous and stingy at the same time, this will clearly benefit from another 5-8 years of bottle rest, at which time I expect the score to move upward and the wine to begin to strut its stuff. Drink thru 2022, approx $37
This is a Jean-Nicolas Maltais kind of wine. I looked back at my notes from when I first drank this wine, back when it first hit the wine store shelves. I'm not sure any more that I know the difference between "modern" and "traditional" or "classic" Bordeaux. If an estate is using techniques to get the most out of its grapes that science and technology did not allow twenty years ago, does that make it "modern?" To me this 2005 Cantemerle is a good old-fashioned, foursquare, solid, Vince Lombardi kind of Bordeaux, with cedar and blackfruit, a medium-to-full-bodied wine but elegant nonetheless. Only 13% alcohol in that sometimes hard-to-read vintage. I was just trying to google earth where this property is located, but did not have immediate success. Is this anywhere near the Margaux appellation? The splendid deep purple color seems so Margaux-like. We drank this over dinner tonight with a 2002 d'Angerville Volnay Fremiet, and both wines were absolute delights, just so representative, at least to me, of the greatness of the regions from which they originate.
Giving this the benefit of the doubt I'd say this was totally closed down now, lacking in anything particularly interesting, some pencil shavings and a little cedar but not much else going on. Only decanted for 45mins as was in restaurant.
Can't score it right now. Just seems shut down. At the moment, it has a certain muddiness that I am just not diggin'. I think there could be some promise to it, but not sure. Probably won't buy more to find out. I'll put my chips on other wines.
"Reserve" wines (Toulouse Restaurant, Atlanta): Intriguing, but perhaps shutting down. Raspberry/cherry and earth are there. Only able to do at a tasting; I think this would profit from decanting and/or some cellar time, but I like what's down there in this one.
Opened and decanted for about 90 minutes and then enjoyed half the bottle the first night and finished the bottle on night two. Given the experience I had with this wine six months ago, it appears that perhaps the 05s are starting to shut down a bit. Very closed on the first night, not giving up much and came across very dry and tannic, but not too harsh. The second night a little more fruit poked through but this time around it wasn't as good as it was 6 months ago. I'll reserve final judgment for now and try another bottle again some time down the road.
Needs aeration for at least three hours, because it is too young and powerfull. Typical bordeaux nose with scents of black cherries, cigar-box, menthol, leather and bubble gum. Medium to full bodied on the palate but with hursh tannins and flavors of smoke, leather, strawberry jam and burnt wood. A Cantemerle with nice structure! The aftertaste lasts about 30 - 35 sec. Needs time to improve.
Opened for one hour and then poured. Nothing really going on at first but then after another hour of air time, the aromas and tastes became apparent. Needs more time in the cellar. THis is going to require patience. One of the most complex Cantemerle's I have tasted as of yet.
Butter and primary cherry fruits in the bouquet. Also some oak. Same in the taste. Juicy, youthful and soft tannin. Round and a firm amount of acidity. Nothing in this wine that makes you think you are drinking a Grand Cru Classé. No luxury at all. Tasting it blind I even thought this could be a quite simple new world red. Ok, cru bourgeois level wine.
The thing I liked about the '05 Cantemerle was that I would characterize it as traditional rather than modern. It was a gritty Haut Medoc but with no rough edges. I was reading some notes on this wine on cellartracker and several people commented that it was closed up, but I didn't think so at all. The beautiful unmistakeable Bordeaux nose was open right from the start, and it was solid black fruit on the palate.
Initial sample prior to decanting showed nice dark fruit and a slight mineral note on the nose but it was pretty tightly wound up on the palate with healthy tannins on the finish. After sitting in the decanter for about 3 hours everything loosened up nicely with the nose showing more of a plum and new leather scent with good juicy smooth fruits on the palate. Tannins mellowed out considerably and the finish was quite dry. Good food wine and a decent value. Cantemerle is a wine that consistently outperforms it's price tag. Decant for a while if you are going to drink this now or hang on to it for a few more years.
With a price that's just a buck or two more than the 2000 was -- cheaper, then, in real dollar terms -- and an aesthetic that reaches even further back into the past to a Bordeaux that's dangerously close to becoming just a memory, here's a totally guiltless 2005 Bordeaux that put a big grin on my face. Ruby in color, firmly on the red side of the fruit spectrum, and with a restrained plushness that feels more like Pomerol than the Médoc, this is tender and easy to drink with a soft but billowing palate presence creating a reverberation far in excess of its medium-bodied material.
This is very good. The color is a traditional dark garnet. The subdued bouquet is high-toned (white flowers and alcohol) followed by some sweet scents. The action is in the mouth, where fleshy fruit and tarry tannin dance in unison. There is very good ripeness to the dark cherry and cranberry fruit, yet the texture is elegant and crystalline, and the acids are a perfect foil to the sweetness. The tannins are evident but so soft and tar-like (in taste and texture). Good depth and length here. Enjoyable now (with decanting), I'd say this has excellent upside in the cellar. Age it so it can develop more aromatic nuance and let the tannins melt some. 91 points with potential.
Opened 3 hours before testing. ( along with Batailley 2005 )
This is a sleeper of the vintage. Not shows much in anything. Reminds me of 2004 that was very good after 90 mins but this 2005 is closed, modern style, ( different from the word " new technology "... I always love this wine but not the 2005 at this moment.
The score must be higher rated later...I don't know when....please share your suggestion here, Thanks. ( 90-92/100 )
Decanted 1.5 hrs it had a floral, oily blackcurrant; more integrated than most such. Later it was high, blue, blackcurrant and cedar. Significant tight fruit and life; an atypical Bordeaux vintage indeed. Will expand and round. 87 to 88 pts now, 88.