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.
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.
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
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(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.