2008 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc

SKU #1071228 90-92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Fruity, attractively balanced wine, the spice and caramel wood flavors fitting well into the sweet, berry fruits.  (12/ 2009)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Cantemerle tends to produce somewhat understated and restrained, but finesse-filled wines. The medium-bodied 2008 offers elegant notes of raspberries, red currants, crushed rocks and oak backed up by good concentration, sweet tannin and no hard edges. Drink it over the next 10-12 years.  (5/ 2011)

K&L Notes

*½ 55% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot and 7% Cabernet Franc. This has blackberry aromas that explode from the glass with forward, black fruit flavors and rounded tannins on the palate. A great value. Much better than their 2005 and 2007. On par with their 2006. At UGC: Old school wine. Big wine with tons of blackberry flavors.

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/9/2011  | Send Email
Buy a lot of this wine; you can’t miss. I bought cases.

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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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France

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Bordeaux

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