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Château Cantemerle

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2022
93
Currants, black cherries, flowers, mocha, and spearmint aromas open the wine. On the palate, the wine is supple, refined, elegant and creamy,. The fruits are soft, sweet, and fresh, leaving you with supple-textured, sweet cherries and spicy freshness in the finish. Drink from 2026-2045. 92-94 Pts.

Currants, black cherries, flowers, mocha, and spearmint aromas open the wine. On the palate, the wine is supple, refined, elegant and creamy,. The fruits are soft, sweet, and fresh, leaving you with supple-textured, sweet cherries and spicy freshness in the finish. Drink from 2026-2045. 92-94 Pts.

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2021
91
Light, bright, crisp, classic, and racy, this medium-bodied, edgy, firm, red cherry, and raspberry wine is packed with herbs, flowers, peppery spices, cedar. and tobacco. This is a firm, crunchy, old-school wine that blends 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot. Drink from 2026-2041

Light, bright, crisp, classic, and racy, this medium-bodied, edgy, firm, red cherry, and raspberry wine is packed with herbs, flowers, peppery spices, cedar. and tobacco. This is a firm, crunchy, old-school wine that blends 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot. Drink from 2026-2041

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Bright, crisp, fresh, juicy and focused on its red currant nose. Medium-bodied, savory, with soft, minty edge to the bright, red fruits on the palate, you can drink this on the young side. The wine is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Drink from 2024-2042. 90-92

Bright, crisp, fresh, juicy and focused on its red currant nose. Medium-bodied, savory, with soft, minty edge to the bright, red fruits on the palate, you can drink this on the young side. The wine is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Drink from 2024-2042. 90-92

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2020
92
Flowers, spice, black cherries, bitter chocolate, and a background note of espresso crowd into the nose. The wine is medium-bodied, vibrant, fresh and savory, with a core of sweet, ripe red fruits and touches of citrus and menthol that come in on the herbal-edged endnote. Drink from 2025-2043.

Flowers, spice, black cherries, bitter chocolate, and a background note of espresso crowd into the nose. The wine is medium-bodied, vibrant, fresh and savory, with a core of sweet, ripe red fruits and touches of citrus and menthol that come in on the herbal-edged endnote. Drink from 2025-2043.

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Dark, juicy cherries, bitter chocolate, savory herbs and a touch of espresso start the wine off. Medium-bodied, bright and energetic, with a lot of lift in the red fruits on the palate, this will age and develop nicely. 92-94 Pts

Dark, juicy cherries, bitter chocolate, savory herbs and a touch of espresso start the wine off. Medium-bodied, bright and energetic, with a lot of lift in the red fruits on the palate, this will age and develop nicely. 92-94 Pts

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2019
92
Quite savory with a bouquet of herbs, wet earth, currants, spice and cocoa. Medium-bodied, soft, fresh, earthy, forward and earthy, give it a few years in the cellar before pulling the cork. Drink from 2024-2037.

Quite savory with a bouquet of herbs, wet earth, currants, spice and cocoa. Medium-bodied, soft, fresh, earthy, forward and earthy, give it a few years in the cellar before pulling the cork. Drink from 2024-2037.

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Fresh picked flowers, oak, wet earth, cassis and blackberry aromas start off the wine. Medium-bodied, with silky, soft, elegant textures, sweet, ripe, delicate fruits and a refined, fruit-filled finish. 92-94 Pts

Fresh picked flowers, oak, wet earth, cassis and blackberry aromas start off the wine. Medium-bodied, with silky, soft, elegant textures, sweet, ripe, delicate fruits and a refined, fruit-filled finish. 92-94 Pts

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2018
90
The mix of flowers, tobacco, and spicy red fruits on the nose deserves the attention it receives. On the palate, the wine is softly-textured, medium-bodied and forward, with a light, fresh, bright, red berry character that will drink relatively well on release.

The mix of flowers, tobacco, and spicy red fruits on the nose deserves the attention it receives. On the palate, the wine is softly-textured, medium-bodied and forward, with a light, fresh, bright, red berry character that will drink relatively well on release.

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Ruby in color, flowery, and tobacco edged, the spicy red fruits come through nicely. Medium bodied, elegant and with freshness to the red fruits, this classically styled vintage should age well. 90-92 Pts

Ruby in color, flowery, and tobacco edged, the spicy red fruits come through nicely. Medium bodied, elegant and with freshness to the red fruits, this classically styled vintage should age well. 90-92 Pts

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2017
91
Bright, fresh, crisp, and crunchy with a floral and mint accent to the red fruits on the medium-bodied, vibrant palate. Drink from 2022-2035.

Bright, fresh, crisp, and crunchy with a floral and mint accent to the red fruits on the medium-bodied, vibrant palate. Drink from 2022-2035.

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Floral in nature, the fruit is ripe, crisp and even a bit sharp, but the tannins are soft and there is a lot of juicy, sweet fruit in the medium bodied, berry-filled finish.

Floral in nature, the fruit is ripe, crisp and even a bit sharp, but the tannins are soft and there is a lot of juicy, sweet fruit in the medium bodied, berry-filled finish.

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2016
93
Bright, crisp, fresh medium/full-bodied, juicy, pure and clean, the fruit offers the right balance between lift and sweetness. Give this 6-9 years and it is going to be great!

Bright, crisp, fresh medium/full-bodied, juicy, pure and clean, the fruit offers the right balance between lift and sweetness. Give this 6-9 years and it is going to be great!

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Medium/full-bodied, fresh, crisp, aromatic and filled with sweet, bright, red cherries and juicy, crunchy cassis with just a hint of hint on the nose. I am sure this will age quite nicely.

Medium/full-bodied, fresh, crisp, aromatic and filled with sweet, bright, red cherries and juicy, crunchy cassis with just a hint of hint on the nose. I am sure this will age quite nicely.

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Black raspberry, earth and floral scents are the start to this medium/full-bodied, fresh, crisp, aromatic wine. The tannins are ripe, leaving you with the sensation of crunchy cassis in the long finish. Produced from blending 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 12.95% ABV with a pH of 3.8. The harvest took place from September 22 to October 17 and the wine is aging in 40% new, French oak barrels.

Black raspberry, earth and floral scents are the start to this medium/full-bodied, fresh, crisp, aromatic wine. The tannins are ripe, leaving you with the sensation of crunchy cassis in the long finish. Produced from blending 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 12.95% ABV with a pH of 3.8. The harvest took place from September 22 to October 17 and the wine is aging in 40% new, French oak barrels.

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2015
93
Soft, refined, fresh and with ample, ripe, polished, cherry and plum notes, the wine has a beautiful floral essence, made even better with its silky tannins and vibrant, red fruit sensations in the finish. With age, this should fill out and become as good, or even better than the sublime 2010!

Soft, refined, fresh and with ample, ripe, polished, cherry and plum notes, the wine has a beautiful floral essence, made even better with its silky tannins and vibrant, red fruit sensations in the finish. With age, this should fill out and become as good, or even better than the sublime 2010!

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Developing nicely. Its floral character remains out in front before you find the soft textured, ripe, sweet, black and red berries. Soft, bright and gentle in texture, this will be one of the top vintages for Cantemerle.

Developing nicely. Its floral character remains out in front before you find the soft textured, ripe, sweet, black and red berries. Soft, bright and gentle in texture, this will be one of the top vintages for Cantemerle.

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Floral scents are the first thing you notice, before moving to the ripe, sweet, earthy red and black fruits, shot of espresso and soft, silky, smooth, elegant textures. The finish is fresh and sweet and vibrant. The wine was made from a blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Petit Verdot. 92 - 94 Pts

Floral scents are the first thing you notice, before moving to the ripe, sweet, earthy red and black fruits, shot of espresso and soft, silky, smooth, elegant textures. The finish is fresh and sweet and vibrant. The wine was made from a blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Petit Verdot. 92 - 94 Pts

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2014
89
Medium bodied, fresh, soft, forward, spicy, kirsch, smoke and floral charmer that already drinks well. With luck, cellaring could add a touch more weight to the wine.

Medium bodied, fresh, soft, forward, spicy, kirsch, smoke and floral charmer that already drinks well. With luck, cellaring could add a touch more weight to the wine.

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Opening with sweet, ripe aromas of flowers, black and red fruits, espresso and earth, the wine offers silky tannins, notes of sweet, ripe dark red fruits with a soft, forward edge to the finish. 90-92 Pts

Opening with sweet, ripe aromas of flowers, black and red fruits, espresso and earth, the wine offers silky tannins, notes of sweet, ripe dark red fruits with a soft, forward edge to the finish. 90-92 Pts

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2013
87
Medium bodied, easy drinking, cherry filled charmer with soft, but quite fresh textures and a delicate finish.

Medium bodied, easy drinking, cherry filled charmer with soft, but quite fresh textures and a delicate finish.

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Light in color and fruit, this should be consumed young for the soft, bright sweet cherry in the middle. 86-88 Pts

Light in color and fruit, this should be consumed young for the soft, bright sweet cherry in the middle. 86-88 Pts

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2012
90
Medium bodied, soft, fresh, elegant and easy to drink, this blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc finishes with fresh, earthy cherries and finesse textures.

Medium bodied, soft, fresh, elegant and easy to drink, this blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc finishes with fresh, earthy cherries and finesse textures.

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Offering sweet, soft and ripe dark berries, this wine is fresh and ample with black cherry notes in an elegant style. This remains one of the best Bordeaux value wines in the market today, especially since its a classified growth. 88-90 Pts

Offering sweet, soft and ripe dark berries, this wine is fresh and ample with black cherry notes in an elegant style. This remains one of the best Bordeaux value wines in the market today, especially since its a classified growth. 88-90 Pts

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2011
89
Light, elegant, refined red fruits, spice, earth and espresso tones opened to a soft, approachable, easy to drink blend of 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. This is not going to make old bones. I'd drink this in its youth.

Light, elegant, refined red fruits, spice, earth and espresso tones opened to a soft, approachable, easy to drink blend of 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. This is not going to make old bones. I'd drink this in its youth.

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Blending 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, the wine will be aged in 50% new oak. Earthy, cherry notes, medium bodied with a light, red berry finish. 88-90 Pts

Blending 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, the wine will be aged in 50% new oak. Earthy, cherry notes, medium bodied with a light, red berry finish. 88-90 Pts

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2010
93
Wet forest and truffle notes with tobacco, cedar and cassis create the nose. On the palate, the wine consists of vibrant, black raspberries, cherries and spicy cassis. Still young, this classically built wine wants at least 5-7 more years in the cellar.

Wet forest and truffle notes with tobacco, cedar and cassis create the nose. On the palate, the wine consists of vibrant, black raspberries, cherries and spicy cassis. Still young, this classically built wine wants at least 5-7 more years in the cellar.

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Floral in character, with loads of fresh black raspberries, dark cherries, espresso bean and earth on the nose. Medium bodied, elegant, clean and fresh, the wine ends with sweet, ripe, dark red fruits. This will be better with another 4-5 years of bottle age.

Floral in character, with loads of fresh black raspberries, dark cherries, espresso bean and earth on the nose. Medium bodied, elegant, clean and fresh, the wine ends with sweet, ripe, dark red fruits. This will be better with another 4-5 years of bottle age.

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2009
92
Truffles and plums get things started. Combining classic styling, ripe, round, sweet fruits and soft tannins, the wine gets going on the palate, but lacks the length and consistency found in its younger brother, the 2010.

Truffles and plums get things started. Combining classic styling, ripe, round, sweet fruits and soft tannins, the wine gets going on the palate, but lacks the length and consistency found in its younger brother, the 2010.

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Medium bodied, with light, black raspberry, cherry and spicy flavors, this soft, lighter style of Bordeaux wine ends with cherry and fresh herb sensations. This should drink well young.

Medium bodied, with light, black raspberry, cherry and spicy flavors, this soft, lighter style of Bordeaux wine ends with cherry and fresh herb sensations. This should drink well young.

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2008
88
Forest floor, earth, cassis and cherry aromas lead into a medium bodied wine with a light, red fruit finish.

Forest floor, earth, cassis and cherry aromas lead into a medium bodied wine with a light, red fruit finish.

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2007
87
Looking older than its chronicle age, the wine is fully developed. Medium bodied, soft, and with fruit showing the patina of age, there is a hint of tart and green in the end notes, that takes away from the otherwise, simple, but charming, forward finish. This requires consumption to preserve the remaining fruits.

Looking older than its chronicle age, the wine is fully developed. Medium bodied, soft, and with fruit showing the patina of age, there is a hint of tart and green in the end notes, that takes away from the otherwise, simple, but charming, forward finish. This requires consumption to preserve the remaining fruits.

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2006
90
Medium bodied, elegant, fresh styled wine that delivers more on the floral, fruity, earthy, spice and cherry scented nose than on the lighter, charming, elegant palate.

Medium bodied, elegant, fresh styled wine that delivers more on the floral, fruity, earthy, spice and cherry scented nose than on the lighter, charming, elegant palate.

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Medium bodied, soft, focused on fresh, bright red fruits, spice and tobacco notes, this lighter style of Bordeaux is already easy to drink.

Medium bodied, soft, focused on fresh, bright red fruits, spice and tobacco notes, this lighter style of Bordeaux is already easy to drink.

4,870 Views   Tasted
2005
90
With a delicate aroma of flowers, black raspberries, spice and earth, this medium bodied wine is pure elegance. Soft, refined and not for tasters that seek out ripe, powerful wines. This is my favorite vintage of Cantemerle since 1989. This is not a wine that needs a lot of cellaring time. Give it another 2-3 years and drink it up before it hits 20, to enjoy its delicate charms.

With a delicate aroma of flowers, black raspberries, spice and earth, this medium bodied wine is pure elegance. Soft, refined and not for tasters that seek out ripe, powerful wines. This is my favorite vintage of Cantemerle since 1989. This is not a wine that needs a lot of cellaring time. Give it another 2-3 years and drink it up before it hits 20, to enjoy its delicate charms.

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2004
84
Light, bright and finishing with green olive, crisp red fruits and cranberry. This needs to be consumed sooner than later.

Light, bright and finishing with green olive, crisp red fruits and cranberry. This needs to be consumed sooner than later.

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2003
89
Fully mature, the wine is pure elegant charm. The medium bodied, sweet cherry, tobacco, earth and floral notes are showing at their best. This is not a wine for long term cellaring.

Fully mature, the wine is pure elegant charm. The medium bodied, sweet cherry, tobacco, earth and floral notes are showing at their best. This is not a wine for long term cellaring.

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2001
88
Nice style of refined, elegance, with sweet, bright, fresh cherry blossoms at its core. But it lacks the weight and substance needed to make it a really interesting experience.

Nice style of refined, elegance, with sweet, bright, fresh cherry blossoms at its core. But it lacks the weight and substance needed to make it a really interesting experience.

3,547 Views   Tasted
2000
89
Sweet tobacco, cherries and earthy scents are found in the nose. On the palate, this is a lighter, medium bodied style of wine with soft, refined textures. The finish offers sweet and tart, bright red fruits. There is not much reason to age this wine any longer. Drink up.

Sweet tobacco, cherries and earthy scents are found in the nose. On the palate, this is a lighter, medium bodied style of wine with soft, refined textures. The finish offers sweet and tart, bright red fruits. There is not much reason to age this wine any longer. Drink up.

6,972 Views   Tasted
1996
85
Fully mature, with more secondary characteristics than fruit, you find more tobacco, cigar box, herbs, earth and forest floor here. It takes some effort to located the spicy, red berries in this medium bodied, effort. Drink up as this is not going to improve.

Fully mature, with more secondary characteristics than fruit, you find more tobacco, cigar box, herbs, earth and forest floor here. It takes some effort to located the spicy, red berries in this medium bodied, effort. Drink up as this is not going to improve.

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1995
86
Hanging on, but without a lot to hand on to, the light to medium-bodied red berry-filled wine offers an herb, dried flower, peppery spice profile with a crispness to the fruit and the tannins.

Hanging on, but without a lot to hand on to, the light to medium-bodied red berry-filled wine offers an herb, dried flower, peppery spice profile with a crispness to the fruit and the tannins.

3,162 Views   Tasted
1990
90
Medium bodied, elegant, fresh and floral, with a sweet, red cherry and plum core of fruit, the is a refined, freshness to the bright, almost crisp, earthy fruits in the finish. Fully mature, this requires drinking.

Medium bodied, elegant, fresh and floral, with a sweet, red cherry and plum core of fruit, the is a refined, freshness to the bright, almost crisp, earthy fruits in the finish. Fully mature, this requires drinking.

3,804 Views   Tasted
1989
89
With aromas of blackberry, currant, and oak, and with floral scents. Medium bodied. Soft and light on the palate. It’s at the end of its life. Nice, but not very interesting. A luncheon claret. The 83 is a better wine.

With aromas of blackberry, currant, and oak, and with floral scents. Medium bodied. Soft and light on the palate. It’s at the end of its life. Nice, but not very interesting. A luncheon claret. The 83 is a better wine.

6,890 Views   Tasted
Typical Cordier funk aromas with blackberry, currant, oak & floral notes. Light/medium bodied ends with red and black fruit. Not very interesting. A luncheon claret.

Typical Cordier funk aromas with blackberry, currant, oak & floral notes. Light/medium bodied ends with red and black fruit. Not very interesting. A luncheon claret.

4,251 Views   Tasted
1983
91
Light ruby with brown edges. Tobacco, olives, plums, black fruit, coffee and smoke on the nose. Medium bodied, very pleasant, elegant, mouth feel. This really proves how great 83 was in Margaux. This shows no signs of fading and if well stored, will easily last another decade. Except for the 89, why hasn't Cantemerle produced wines of this caliber again?

Light ruby with brown edges. Tobacco, olives, plums, black fruit, coffee and smoke on the nose. Medium bodied, very pleasant, elegant, mouth feel. This really proves how great 83 was in Margaux. This shows no signs of fading and if well stored, will easily last another decade. Except for the 89, why hasn't Cantemerle produced wines of this caliber again?

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1955
85
Light to medium bodied, fresh, with a slant to the crisp, red fruit and forest side of the style range. Not overly complex, but charming and easy to drink.

Light to medium bodied, fresh, with a slant to the crisp, red fruit and forest side of the style range. Not overly complex, but charming and easy to drink.

2,207 Views   Tasted
1952
78
One of those bottles I have no idea how, or when I got it. Light, red in color, the nose initially offered strong floral, tobacco and red cherry notes. Light on the palate, this would be a dead ringer for an older, fading Burgundy with its bright, tart cherry fruits. The first 10 minutes offered the most fun, as the wine quickly faded after that.

One of those bottles I have no idea how, or when I got it. Light, red in color, the nose initially offered strong floral, tobacco and red cherry notes. Light on the palate, this would be a dead ringer for an older, fading Burgundy with its bright, tart cherry fruits. The first 10 minutes offered the most fun, as the wine quickly faded after that.

1,882 Views   Tasted
Earthy, tea, tobacco and sharp red fruits on the nose and palate. Light in body, and not holding much interest, this should have been consumed at least 2 decades ago.

Earthy, tea, tobacco and sharp red fruits on the nose and palate. Light in body, and not holding much interest, this should have been consumed at least 2 decades ago.

2,089 Views   Tasted
1945
90
Tobacco, earth, cranberry, forest floor and spicy notes lead to a medium bodied, soft, round, sweet, cherry, strawberry and balsamic filled wine.

Tobacco, earth, cranberry, forest floor and spicy notes lead to a medium bodied, soft, round, sweet, cherry, strawberry and balsamic filled wine.

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1938
75
Still alive and kicking, but don't expected the kicks to be hard or swift. Light in color and in fruit, this delicate wine offers a bright, crisp, fresh, herbal, cherry note. Certainly drinkable, especially when you consider its advanced age. But not a wine to purchase, unless you need a birth year wine.

Still alive and kicking, but don't expected the kicks to be hard or swift. Light in color and in fruit, this delicate wine offers a bright, crisp, fresh, herbal, cherry note. Certainly drinkable, especially when you consider its advanced age. But not a wine to purchase, unless you need a birth year wine.

1,422 Views   Tasted