Inviting nose of complexity and elegance with black berries, florals, some green tea and oak. More harmonious and alive on the palate than the Haut-Bages Liberal, but still past its prime. Good finish with little smokiness and herbal spiciness. Still a very charming wine.
This 26 year Cantemerle still sings. No signs of decline yet. Fully mature. Beautiful nose of red and black fruit, still the same dusty Graves-like tones that I noticed a few years ago. Tobacco, cedar, touch of toast, meat, bacon. Medium body, good acidity, medium length finish. This exceptional Cantemerle stands out from its league because of its beautiful balance and elegance. No hurry for well stored bottles.
Sweet, resolved, red zinger, cranberry and bing cherry bouquet. Quite bright acidity, savory with some leather, maybe a hint of roast... lovely smooth texture, good tangy finish with a lingering loamy note. Has a bit more mid-palate stuffing than usual for the house. This is delicious, mature, semi-complex with just enough fruit to hang with the bumptious acidity.
Medium garnet color, lightening of edges. Had a nose indicative of mature Bordeaux, with lots of leather, tobacco, and old library books. Fruit is perhaps fading a bit, with the tertiary elements showing through. Smooth on the palate, but seems reserved. Tannins mostly resolved. Medium length finish. While still drinking well, this is probably on its descent.
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(Chateau Cantemerle Haut-Médoc) This wine and the next vie for position of most richly coloured wine of the flight. A perfumed nose, with cigar box and freshly rolled tobacco leaves. Another elegant palate, with a good balance, although with plentiful summer berry fruits. Full bodied, maintaining a smooth, rounded texture through the palate. Finishes well, and has good length. Tannins much more integrated than the previous wines. Ready for drinking now.
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