2012 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc (3L) (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1129980 91 points James Suckling

 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.  (4/ 2013)

89-91 points 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.  (4/ 2013)

87-90 points 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.  (6/ 2013)

87-89 points Wine Enthusiast

 This is a fruity, lightweight wine that is very juicy and soft. It's attractively bright and fresh with an open character.  (4/ 2013)

Jancis Robinson

 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.  (4/ 2013)

Wine Spectator

 Supple and friendly, with plum and cassis fruit imparting a caressing feel while lightly singed vanilla accents guide the finish.  (4/ 2013)

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/24/2014  | Send Email
*V This property makes the best value wine every year. Black fruit flavors and great balance. Sleeper of the vintage.

By: Ralph Sands |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/24/2014  | Send Email
**V One of the hottest wines in Bordeaux today and for good reason: Cantemerle is a lovely blend.

By: Trey Beffa |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/24/2014  | Send Email
One of the pleasant surprises this vintage! Cantemerle is on a roll with their recent wines, and the 2012 is no exception. It shows pleasant, upfront fleshy fruit that is focused and clean. Tannins are integrated and ripe, with just a touch of spice and cedar hints that linger on the finish. This wine should show well upon release and develop well in a cellar for 10 years after bottling.

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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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