2007 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc

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90 points Robert Parker: "A beautiful wine of elegance and intensity, this medium-bodied, dark plum/purple-hued 2007 possesses a floral-infused bouquet, sweet, plush, red and black fruit flavors, and an endearing, silky texture. Drink it over the next 10-12 years." (04/10) According to the Wine Spectator: "Spices, berry and meat on the nose lead to a medium body, with fine tannins and a light finish. Delicate and friendly. Best after 2011." (03/10) And from Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red-ruby. Slightly reduced, musky aromas of redcurrant, iron and roasted meat. Pliant and wild on the palate, showing good sweetness and a bit of leathery rusticity to the flavors of redcurrant, licorice and meat. Shows the leafy, peppery side of the vintage but also has good lift and finishes with fairly fine tannins. The leathery note carries into the finish." (Jul/Aug 10) K&L's notes - Tastes very good here. Sweet and lovely. Very nice wine. At the property the wine shows ripe blackberry fruit. Full and rich and a great value again. Lovely. Ralph: Sweet and herbal, long finish. Better than their 2005. A touch lighter, but more fruit forward than the 2006. Clyde has both vintages in his cellar.

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By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/6/2010  | Send Email
This aromatic, open, Margaux like 2007 is proof that Cantemerle is making top wine. I thought this bottle had so much charm and elegance, that I couldn't decide if I liked it more or less than the grippy, powerful 2006 that we tasted next to it. Luckily, since both are under $30, I don't have to decide! I will drink the 2007 while waiting for my 2006 to mature...
Top Value! Drink from 2010 to 2022

By: Jeff Garneau |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/19/2010  | Send Email
A great effort from a difficult vintage. Savory/spicy nose. Round and soft-textured but with a still firm core of hard tannins that will need a little time to resolve. With a little time in the decanter, sweet red fruits emerge. Sour cherry predominantly. Enjoyed this at home recently with a rib eye steak. All signs point to an early maturing vintage. Tasted at the Chateau with Philippe Danbrinne at the end of March. Showed very well with consistent notes.

 By: Tom Kobylarz |  Review Date: 7/10/2010 
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I just had this on Bordeaux at the UDGC Grand Amateurs tasting where 2007 was on full display. Most of 2007 was rather average, but there were a few exceptions and this was by far the best QPR! Well balanced and medium bodied. Fine, but well manged tannins, ample acidity. Black and red fruits mix well with smoky oak, and roasted coffee beans. Classic left bank Bordeaux nose.
Drink from 2011 to 2020

 By: Mark Chamness |  Review Date: 6/4/2010 
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I concur with the other reviews. But I pick up hints of espresso along with the typical Haut-Medoc minerality. If drinking in 2010, decant and give it an hour to open up. A little young, but certainly delicious now.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

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