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Château Cantemerle

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2018 Château Cantemerle  (Haut-Médoc) 91

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 Château Cantemerle  (Haut-Médoc) 92

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 Château Cantemerle  (Haut-Médoc) 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!

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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.

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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% alcohol 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 Château Cantemerle  (Haut-Médoc) 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!

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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.

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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

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2014 Château Cantemerle  (Haut-Médoc) 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.

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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

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2013 Château Cantemerle  (Haut-Médoc) 87

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

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2012 Château Cantemerle  (Haut-Médoc) 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.

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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

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2011 Château Cantemerle  (Haut-Médoc) 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.

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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

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2010 Château Cantemerle  (Haut-Médoc) 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.

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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.

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2009 Château Cantemerle  (Haut-Médoc) 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.

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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.

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2008 Château Cantemerle  (Haut-Médoc) 88

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

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2007 Château Cantemerle  (Haut-Médoc) 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.

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2006 Château Cantemerle  (Haut-Médoc) 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.

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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.

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2005 Château Cantemerle  (Haut-Médoc) 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.

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2004 Château Cantemerle  (Haut-Médoc) 84

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 Château Cantemerle  (Haut-Médoc) 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.

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2001 Château Cantemerle  (Haut-Médoc) 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.

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2000 Château Cantemerle  (Haut-Médoc) 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.

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1996 Château Cantemerle  (Haut-Médoc) 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.

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1990 Château Cantemerle  (Haut-Médoc) 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.

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1989 Château Cantemerle  (Haut-Médoc) 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.

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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.

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1983 Château Cantemerle  (Haut-Médoc) 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?

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1955 Château Cantemerle  (Haut-Médoc) 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.

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1952 Château Cantemerle  (Haut-Médoc) 80

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.

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1945 Château Cantemerle  (Haut-Médoc) 90

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 Château Cantemerle  (Haut-Médoc) 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.

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