Cf my notes of June-14. This one better, nose cedar, roses. Younger in colour, more fruit , more prominent tannins and acidity - this bottle would have lasted 3-4 yrs more! Again, much better w food than on its own.
Dark red with orange rim. Nose of cedar and plum. Soft and moderate fruit. Well integrated tannins. Good lenght. Holding surprisingly well. Still lots of life left , but should be drunk within a year or two.
Once again, too restrained when opened - dusty tannins very evident. 3 Hours later, it had softened and showed plums and plum skins at first plus the same cherry/cherry skin fruit described earlier as it opened in the glass. Much better with food (ribeye) and drinking really well after 4 hours by which time the bottle was empty....... Has life in it yet.
Prompted by the comments of others, I thought I had better not hold on to this too long. Much relieved to find it still has a good nose, decent 'sweet' fruit and balance with soft integrated tannins. I don't think it is going to improve but it is a nice mouthful now, for a 2002. Very good with rare roast beef.
Two years ago I was pleasantly surprised, but not this time. The fruit was never the wine's strongpoint, but now it has jammified into a bitter, sour mixture that is rather like a dry redcurrant jelly. The hollowness is worse than before and even the trademark Cantemerle creaminess can't save it. The "fruit" tastes over-extracted, over emphasised, making matters worse. At 10 euros, this was cheap for a CC, but whereas the La Louvière 01 tasted a couple of nights ago represents outstanding value, this doesn't. I've had every vintage of Cantemerle since the 89: this is the worst.
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