Day 2 (having popped the cork a day before drinking and then putting it back in, left in glass on day 2 for an hour before stating to consume. Reviewed at 3 hour mark) Nose has lots of barnyard, earth and a little stink. Palate was somewhat lacking in fruit though it's under the earthiness. I almost called this corked except it got slightly better with air instead of worse. Can't really recommend this one.
Day 3 another 2 hours into drinking the last 1/2 bottle. Nose has resolved the funk and stink finally has dissipated. Dark fruit, cassis, some graphite. I like this nose. Palate is dark with decent complexity and a decently long finely tannic finish. This wine has opened nicely and I would give it at least another decade in your cellar. Would buy again.
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(Chateau Cantemerle Haut-Médoc) Rather sweet and warm character to the fruit here, with a roasted herb note to it as well. A touch baked and raisiny, with little nuances of balsamic. The palate has a stony quality to it, it has some flesh but is certainly not generous, and there is a nice core of ripe tannins. The fruit quality here is a little chalky, although still with that very warm feel to it. Nice substance though, and so I will remain optimistic.
(Château Cantemerle) Dark red violet color; cedar and herbal nose; tight, if not pinched, tart cassis palate, a little disjointed; short medium finish (60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot)
(Chateau Cantemerle Haut-Médoc) CS 50%, M 40%, CF 5%, PV 5%. This wine has a vibrant hue, although there isn't the intensity displayed by many of the other wines. There is a spicy, meaty nose, showing attractive black fruits with a fresh, lifted style. Rather gentle on the palate, rounded, soft and approachable. This doesn't have the complex interest to be found elsewhere, and it has less depth than I would like. It's also a little short. But it will make very acceptable short-term drinking one day.
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