2011 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc

SKU #1156061 91 points James Suckling

 Aromas of currants and berries with hints of chocolate. Full body with a solid core of fruit and a flavorful finish. Very fine. Cantermerle delivers in 2011. Better in 2016.  (2/ 2014)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 An elegant, successful 2011, Cantemerle has produced a finesse-styled wine with a dense ruby/purple color as well as copious notes of flowers, mulberries, raspberries and blueberries. With dramatic quality and purity, this medium-bodied effort possesses sweet tannins and a texture that builds incrementally. A lighter-styled, but beautifully crafted, well done 2011, it can be enjoyed over the next 10-15 years.  (4/ 2014)

87-90 points Wine Spectator

 Supple and nicely focused, with currant, plum and cherry notes judiciously toasted, which lets a pretty floral note chime on the finish.  (4/ 2012)

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/5/2014  | Send Email
*½ Great nose. So fruity. A fabulous wine.

By: Alex Pross |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/2/2014  | Send Email
Along with La Lagune, this property stands out for being a perennial value and a top producer from its commune.

By: Ralph Sands |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/2/2014  | Send Email
Sweet raspberries and black fruits, very floral, with herbal notes and earth all pulled together by round, firm tannins and a very long finish. Tasted twice. I'm 56 years old and Cantemerle is now my #1 favorite château, and I seriously doubt that will ever change. The reason is simple: great, complex wine, consistent quality and a fair price. A winner every time! **

By: Trey Beffa |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/2/2014  | Send Email
Great balance, sweet fruit--almost jammy plum and red fruits--minerals, lots of spice. Polished.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

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