2010 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1066790 93-94 points James Suckling

 Layered and rich with lots of blueberry character and ripe velvety tannins. Lovely texture. Best wine from here in years.  (4/ 2011)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A quintessentially elegant style of Bordeaux, the opaque ruby/purple-tinged 2010 Cantemerle possesses elegant floral notes intermixed with hints of blueberries, raspberries, sweet red cherries and currants. Medium-bodied with impressive purity, concentration and texture, it is not a heavyweight, but rather a well-proportioned, stylish red that should drink nicely for 15-20 years.  (5/ 2011)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 A great success for this southern Médoc chateau, this is fine, elegant and perfumed. It bursts with a black fruit flavor, balanced by smooth tannins and acidity. It’s a wine for medium-term aging over the next six years.  (2/ 2013)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Offers a sappy feel, with deliciously pure notes of kirsch and blackberry preserves. Lightly toasted spice and singed anise accents lead to the long, graphite-fueled finish. Should age gracefully. Drink now through 2022.  (3/ 2013)

Jancis Robinson

 Excellent fruit, in a Margaret River sort of mode. Tannins are high, as is acid. As reliable as ever. 17/20 points.  (11/ 2012)

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By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/12/2013  | Send Email
In barrel. 52 Cabernet, 35 Merlot, 8 Cabernet Franc and 5 Petit Verdot. Nice pure bright red fruit, good structure with big tannins and high acidity. This is a good wine that is built to cellar.

By: Ralph Sands |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/5/2013  | Send Email
Elegant, with almost exotic black and red fruits. A lovely, grapey wine with nice tannins, excellent balance and a very long finish. At UGC: Tasty. Consistently a great value!

By: Steve Bearden |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/4/2013  | Send Email
This was probably the easiest property to taste at the entire UGC, and the wine is so complete it could be enjoyed now. Damp earth, copious red fruits and bright spice form a smooth and balanced package with a lingering finish. The burly mid-palate that closed down so many wines at this tasting is completely lacking in this zesty and elegant wine.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/4/2013  | Send Email
*1/2V Lots of black fruit, though it's pretty tannic and hefty, with textbook herbal qualities and an earthy, sweet, black-fruited finish. Lots of structure. At UGC: Elegant, with almost exotic black and red fruits. A lovely, grapey wine with nice tannins, excellent balance and a very long finish. A great value!

By: Alex Pross |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/25/2012  | Send Email
Can you say perennial value?

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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