2010 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc (6L) (Pre-Arrival)
Layered and rich with lots of blueberry character and ripe velvety tannins. Lovely texture. Best wine from here in years.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The wine needs a good 7-10 years of cellaring and should keep for 30 more years, but this is the finest Cantemerle I have encountered in my professional career of tasting young vintages (dating back 34 years now). Stunningly deep ruby/purple, with a beautiful nose of spring flowers intermixed with perfumed raspberry and blueberry notes, it exhibits a sort of cool-climate character. Broad, rich and intense on the palate, the wine has plenty of tannins, but they are sweet and well-integrated. Everything is delicately entwined into this beautiful, medium to full-bodied, dense purple wine, which shows stunning character and a prodigious potential for development. This is definitely a major sleeper of the vintage and even better than I thought from barrel. (94+)
*Best Buy* 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.
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.
Excellent fruit, in a Margaret River sort of mode. Tannins are high, as is acid. As reliable as ever. 17/20 points.
"With its 2010," notes Robert Parker, "this classified growth located in the southern end of the Medoc may well have made a modern-day version of their legendary 1949." (02/2013)