2012 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc (Pre-Arrival)
I appreciate the balance of dark fruits and fine tannins in this young wine. Medium-to-full body, with chewy yet polished tannins and a pretty finish. All in finesse for the vintage.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Cantemerle's ethereal elegance and racy, classy style are unmistakable in this understated yet pretty, dark ruby-colored 2012. Offering lots of cherry, raspberry and black currant fruit, this is a wine of unmistakable finesse and delicacy. Enjoy it over the next 10-12 years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright red ruby with purple tinges. Sexy, floral aromas of raspberry, pepper, licorice and spices are vibrant and precise. Juicy, intense and very smooth, with wonderful energy and precision to the flavors of blackberry, licorice and spices. Very nicely balanced, persistent wine with fine tannins and very good grip--and no green or harsh edges. This excellent wine gets my nod for Haut-Medoc of the vintage in 2012. In fact, I was so smitten that I went out of my way to taste it three different times, just to be sure.
This is a fruity, lightweight wine that is very juicy and soft. It's attractively bright and fresh with an open character.
Deep dark crimson. Sweet cherry chocolate on the nose. Rich but fluid. Lively, juicy, fresh and harmonious. Very attractive in a lighter style but has very good length too.
Supple and friendly, with plum and cassis fruit imparting a caressing feel while lightly singed vanilla accents guide the finish.