Chateau Cantelys Pessac Leognan Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

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Learn everything about Chateau Cantelys, Pessac Leognan with wine tasting notes and wine with food pairing tips. Learn the best vintages, a history of the property and information on the vineyards and winemaking. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

In 1994, Florence and Daniel Cathiard, the owners of Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte purchased the little known gem of Chateau Cantelys, located in the Pessac Leognan appellation from Dominique Lurton. After taking over the estate, they began an intensive renovation program of the chateau and replanting of the vineyard.

Due to the terroir being susceptible to frost damage, they had to invest a lot of money here. As they were situated close to so many trees, they uprooted much of the surrounded forest land, removed trees and installed numerous wind machines, to help add more ventilation to the vineyards.

If that was not enough, they also replanted much of the vineyard. The entire estate of Chateau Cantelys is 40 hectares, but much of the property is not cultivated with vines. In fact, half of the estate is devoted to forest land and greenery.

Chateau Cantelys Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The 40 hectare Pessac Leognan estate has 15 hectares used for red wine grapes which are planted to 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. 5 hectares of vines are planted to their white wine grape varieties, 50% Sauvignon Blanc, 45% Semillon and 5% Sauvignon Gris.

For the red wine grapes, on average, the vines are 21 years of age. The terroir is mostly gravel with some clay in the soil. To produce the red wine of Chateau Cantelys, the grapes are whole berry fermented in large, oak vats and aged in 25% new, French oak barrels. On average close to 850 cases are produced each year of Chateau Cantelys rouge.

For the white Bordeaux wine grapes, the terroir is gravel based with more clay, which is better for white wine varietals. The wine is produced by the same team that manages the production at Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte.

In fact, the wine is made at Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte. To make the white Bordeaux wine of Chateau Cantelys, vinification takes place in 50% new, French oak barrels. There is no skin contact or malolactic fermentation.

The wine is aged on its lees with stirring in the same 50% new, French oak barrels before bottling 10 months later. On average, close to 300 case of wine are produced each vintage of Chateau Cantelys Blanc.

When to Drink Chateau Cantelys, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Cantelys can be enjoyed on the young side with decanting. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 1 hour or so, give or take. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Chateau Cantelys is usually better with at least 2-4 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Cantelys offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 4-9 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Chateau Cantelys with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chateau Cantelys is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. The wine will also warm up in the glass as the aromatics develop.Chateau Cantelys is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes.

Chateau Cantelys is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta as well as cheese.

Chateau Cantelys Blanc, the estate’s white wine is perfect wine to serve with shellfish, sashimi, sushi, all types of seafood, chicken, veal and cheese.

Chateau Cantelys is a solid example of a great Bordeaux value priced wine that offers that rare combination of a nice, easy drinking style, with character and fair prices.

In July, 2014, the Cathiard family continues expanding their holdings in Bordeaux with the purchase of Chateau Beauregard in Pomerol and Chateau Bastor Lamontagne in Sauternes. The Pomerol and Sauternes properties were purchased in a partnership between the Moulin Family, the owners of the large, French chain of Galerie Lafayette stores and the Cathiard Family.

Château Cantelys Wine Tasting Notes

16 Vintages 25,989 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating

2019Château Cantelys  (Pessac-Léognan)91

A touch of smoke, espresso, plums and earth get this going. Medium-bodied, soft and forward, the fruit is ripe, sweet, juicy and fresh, with a hint of chocolate and peppery plums and spice in the finish. Give this a year or two in the cellar and enjoy it over the following decade. 90-92 Pts

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2019Château Cantelys Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan)91

Honeydew, orange, white peach and a hint of citrus smell and feel great here. Drink this young for its bright, fresh, clean, crisp citrus. 90-92 Pts

1,462 Views   Tasted
2018Château Cantelys  (Pessac-Léognan)91

The wine is ripe and fruity. On the mid palate, the black cherries, licorice and creamy, dark chocolate sensations are singing. You can enjoy this wine on release for its showy, sweet fruits or age it a few years for more pleasure. 90-92 Pts

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2018Château Cantelys Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan)90

With a sweet, fresh, lemon and white peach character and enough pep to get the wine going, this will be ready for prime time drinking on release.

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2017Château Cantelys  (Pessac-Léognan)90

Medium bodied, elegant, forward, refined and offering up easily its plums and cherry fruits with just the right hint of smoke in the background. Softly textured and easy to enjoy, this will be delicious on release.

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2017Château Cantelys Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan)90

Grapefruit, honeydew and white peach on the nose, opulent and juicy in the mouth, an enjoyable spray of lemon and key lime in the finish. You can enjoy this white Bordeaux on release.

1,198 Views   Tasted
2016Château Cantelys  (Pessac-Léognan)89

Medium bodied with smoky, black raspberries and plum create the character of the wine. Forward in style, easy to drink and should offer pleasure on release.

1,181 Views   Tasted
2016Château Cantelys Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan)85

Using 50% Semillon and 50% Sauvignon Blanc, you find, pomelo, vanilla, honeysuckle and citrus aromatics. Forward, his forward styled, you get the feeling of flesh, yellow citrus fruits in the finish

1,081 Views   Tasted
2015Château Cantelys Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan)88

Forward, early drinking charmer with honeysuckle, and citrus on the nose and in the soft, sweet, fruity, yellow citrus palate.

1,430 Views   Tasted

From equal parts Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc, this forward styled, white Bordeaux wine is replete with sweet, fresh, yellow and orange citrus with grapefruit both on the nose and in the mouth.

1,127 Views   Tasted 91
2015Château Cantelys  (Pessac-Léognan)89

From a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot, the wine is already open, forward and easily delivers its medium bodied, soft, plum and cherry notes. This is a wine of pleasure to drink early in life.

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70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot created a forward styled wine with round textures, fresh, black cherries, plums and pop of dark cherry and cocoa in the finish. 89-91 Pts

2,393 Views   Tasted 90
2014Château Cantelys  (Pessac-Léognan)88

Smoky black raspberries are the core of this wine. It’s a medium-bodied, forward-thinking and easy drinking, ending with a soft cherry finish. 87-89 Pts

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2014Château Cantelys Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan)88

This wine is zesty, bright and clean with yellow citrus fruits and stone, refreshing with vivacious style and ready to drink. 88 Pts

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2012Château Cantelys Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan)88

Half the blend is devoted to Sauvignon Blanc, the remainder is split between 45% Semillon and 5% Sauvignon Gris. Medium-bodied with fresh lemon and orange notes, the wine ends with a grassy, citrus finish. 87-89 Pts

1,485 Views   Tasted
2012Château Cantelys  (Pessac-Léognan)86

65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot, planted in deep gravel soils, made a medium-bodied wine with sweet cherries and a forward personality, 85-87 Pts

1,519 Views   Tasted
2010Château Cantelys  (Pessac-Léognan)89

This small wine delivers a lot of bang for the buck. Medium bodied, soft, and focused on its ripe, dark red, smoky fruits, earthy accents and gentle textures, this charmer is ready to go.

1,975 Views   Tasted
2009Château Cantelys  (Pessac-Léognan)87

Soft, easy going, easy drinking, medium bodied, crowd pleasing style of wine that will be best on the young side of life. This is a good example of a Bordeaux value wine with character.

2,391 Views   Tasted