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In-Stock Selections of our Favorite Bordeaux Value: 2006-2014 Cantemerle - 11/15/2017 - Red Bordeaux

It is no secret that at K&L we absolutely love the wines of Cantemerle. While this excellent property may fly under the radar for many, it consistently offers some of the very best values you’ll find in Bordeaux. Given the skyrocketing prices of this coveted region, finding true values has become increasingly difficult. But with a stalwart like Cantemerle in the mix, we know we have a wine we can always turn to when looking for classic Bordeaux profile at a sharp price. Given our undying adoration for this property, we tend to go long on our favorite vintages allowing a breadth of selection you won’t find anywhere else. Featured here four vintages spanning from 2006 to 2014 and all count among some of the best we’ve enjoyed. The past two decades have seen a meteoric rise in quality, thanks in a large part to the tireless efforts of director Philippe Dambrine. His goal has been to craft a wines that offer an ideal mix of approachability in youth and structure and concentration for aging. A sampling of the wines featured here are proof positive that he has achieve this goal more than admirably. While much of Bordeaux had climbed well over the $100 mark (and beyond), it is refreshing to find a property that can be had for a fraction of that, yet still deliver the goods. Pick a favorite vintage or build your own mini-vertical, whatever you decide one thing is certain - you won’t be disappointed with the utterly stunning wines of Cantemerle.

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2006 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc 92 $44.99 View
2010 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc 94 $49.99 View
2012 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc 92 $29.99 View
2014 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc 94 $27.99 View
2006 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc 6-pack in OWC 92 $259.00 View
2010 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc 12-pack in OWC 94 $589.00 View


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2006 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc ($44.99)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2006 Cantemerle was the "surprise package" of the blind tasting at Farr Vintners' horizontal. It has a conservative nose with rosemary and undergrowth scents that open nicely in the glass, but retain a sense of classicism. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, lightly spiced red berry fruit, sage and white pepper, quite persistent on the finish, which feels very pure. What an outstanding 2006 Claret - a Cantemerle that punches well above its weight. Tasted April 2016. (NM)" (05/2016)

91 points James Suckling: "Very attractive with complex aromas and flavors of berry, mushroom and spice. Black truffle too. Full body, chewy tannins and a fresh finish. Very fine." (11/2015)

K&L Notes: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot. At Joanne: Boysenberry nose with spice. Full bodied. Harmonious. Good sweet finish. Lovely wine; better than 2005. At UGC: Elegant style. Complete and round. At the property: Cinnamon spice and some clove hints. Very fine aromas that lead to the palate. Long and deep on palate. High acid, delicious. A sure "sleeper of the vintage" and much better than their 2005! *1/2 Alex Brisoux: Sweet, spicy red fruit, cocao/tobacco undertone, good structure, elegant long finish, the best young Cantemerle I've ever tasted. And on 01/23/09: As good as it gets for the price. Rich and full, lingering finish.

Staff ImageJim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 17, 2012

This is a great drinking Haut Medoc Gem and shouldnt be missed, and will be one of our house reds for the month, according to Rusty. 13.0% ABV (Jim Barr)

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 13, 2012

This is a wonderful classic Medoc that is full bodied and complex, with nice earth and mineral flavors.The 2006 Cantemerle also has a certain elegance that makes this wine such an interesting and delicious wine.

Staff ImageRalph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 04, 2011

*1/2 Wow! Very special wine made here in 2006, surely the best in modern times. Spicy ripe fruit with fine middle richness, sweetness and mouthfeel. Alex Brisoux: Sweet, spicy red fruit, cocao/tobacco undertone, good structure, elegant long finish, the best young Cantemerle I've ever tasted. And on 01/23/09: As good as it gets for the price. Rich and full, lingering finish.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 04, 2011

This Bordeaux is by far one of the greatest values in the history of Bordeaux. A fabulous wine in all respects. 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot. At Joanne: Boysenberry nose with spice. Full bodied. Harmonious. Good sweet finish. Lovely wine; better than 2005. At UGC: Elegant style. Complete and round. At the property: Cinnamon spice and some clove hints. Very fine aromas that lead to the palate. Long and deep on palate. High acid, delicious. A sure "sleeper of the vintage" and much better than their 2005!

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 09, 2009

This is a tremendous effort from this Chateau. Lovely coffee and caramel aromas are surrounded by flavors of cassis and black cherries. Great balance of acidity and refined tannins, this will make a good candidate for a few years of bottle age but there is something extremely appealing about this wine right now.

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 11, 2009

I have written a lot in these staff reviews about the virtues of wel-balanced claret, and if you have patience to wait 6 or 7 years, I believe this wine will come to epitomize that virtue. Anyone with a cellar and a love for Cabernet-based wines should strongly consider this wine for a case purchase. Clyde, Alex B, Alex P, Ralph, Joe Z, Steve and I tasted through an entire ballroom of 2006 Bordeaux at the UGC tasting this January and all of us agreed that the Cantemerle was one of the stars. I thought it was THE star, since the other wines in its class were all more than twice its price, and many wines three times its price could not even touch it! It is perfumed, layered, cassis-driven and framed (but in no way dominated) by oak on the nose and follows through with richness that is not at all overweight on the palate. It is great Bordeaux for a small price; all you have to do is cellar it!!

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2010 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc ($49.99)

94 points James Suckling: "A wine with blueberry and mineral aromas follows through to a full body, with fine tannins and a juicy finish. Best for years from here. Needs at least three years of bottle age to soften. Could be better than 2009 in the long run." (02/2013)

94 points 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. With its 2010, this classified growth located in the southern end of the Medoc may well have made a modern-day version of their legendary 1949. (RP) 94+" (02/2013)

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. *Best Buy* (RV)" (02/2013)

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. (JM)" (03/2013)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good full ruby-red. Musky aromas of black cherry, blueberry, espresso, menthol and licorice, lifted by a cool floral element. Densely packed and savory, displaying sappy energy to its intense dark berry flavors. With a serious structure and no easy sweetness today, this vibrant wine will need a good five to seven years in the cellar and should last well. This may eventually merit an even higher score. (ST) 90+" (08/2013)

K&L Notes: The 2010 is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Petit Verdot. The vineyard is situated on deep gravel deposits in the Macau and Ludon villages of the appellation and has 9600 vines per hectare. A dense and rich yet elegant Cantemerle from a great vintage.

Staff ImageJeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 08, 2017

The very first wine I bought for my cellar from this historic 2010 vintage. The 2010 Cantemerle, Haut-Medoc embodies everything that is great about the vintage - astonishing depth of color and flavor, big fruit, profound structure. One of the rare Haut-Medoc chateaus to be included in the classification of 1855 this cinquieme cru is one of Bordeaux's great values. Don't miss a chance to add some to your cellar.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 30, 2016

Without a doubt the best Cantemerle since the legendary 1949. Packed with cassis fruit with perfect acid balance and plenty of latent tannin to insure twenty more years cellaring. But you can drink it now with 2 hours decanting. More approachable than most 2010 Bordeaux. I love it.PS-please also look at the 2015 that is selling on futures-right up there with the 2010.

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2012 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc ($29.99)

92 points James Suckling: "This red shows some cassis, blueberries and floral notes on the nose. Some tar, too. Medium to full body, juicy tannins and a fruity finish. Enticing wine. Drink now or hold." (02/2015)

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. (ID)" (06/2013)

K&L Notes: 88-90 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "The Cantemerle has a fine bouquet that demonstrates clarity and lift – graphite infused black fruit, expressive Cabernet fruit to the fore. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp, edge tannins and a lovely citric seam that cuts through the mocha-tinged fruit. The oak feels a little heavy-handed at this stage, but it should integrated well and become a fine Cantemerle for the vintage." (05/2013)

Staff ImageJacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 08, 2015

It is showing very elegant aromatics of cassis, cigar box, crushed stones and leather. On the palate, its sweet dark fruit reveals itself with its dark cherries, cassis, a touch of wood smoke and leather. The tannins are quite rounded and in perfect tune with the acidity. It is a delicious wine and one of my favorites for its quality/price. 56% Cabernet Sauvignon - 36% Merlot - 6% Petit Verdot - 2% Cabernet Franc.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 11, 2015

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 2012. Better to drink in 2016.

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2014 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc ($27.99)

94 points James Suckling: "I like the floral character, which highlights the aromas of currants and berries. Full body and a firm and tight center palate. Silky tannins and a savory and creamy-textured finish. A beautifully balanced red. Try in 2021, but its already gorgeous to taste." (02/2017)

91-93 points Wine Enthusiast: "(Barrel Sample) While the wine does have a strongly dry element, it also has a creamy, black currant background that shows promise for the future. With great acidity offering freshness, this wine will balance well. (RV)" (04/2015)

92 points Vinous: "A wine of notable precision, persistence and class, the 2014 Cantemerle is outstanding. Sweet tobacco, licorice, red cherry and dried savory herbs are some of the signatures. Medium in body and lively, the 2014 captures the best attributes of the year. This is a positively stellar showing. (AG)" (02/2017)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Bright and racy, with red currant and plum fruit lined with a lively tang of iron that streaks through the finish. A touch taut, but should unwind nicely with modest cellaring. Best from 2018 through 2024. (JM)" (03/2017)

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 22, 2017

Bright and racy, with red currant and plum fruit. Cantemerle since the year 2000 has been known for one of the best Bordeaux values. Their 2006 and 2010 are legendary. This 2014 is such a great value. With decanting you can enjoy now with that barbecued steak.

2006 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc 6-pack in OWC - 5 available ($259.00)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2006 Cantemerle was the 'surprise package' of the blind tasting at Farr Vintners' horizontal. It has a conservative nose with rosemary and undergrowth scents that open nicely in the glass, but retain a sense of classicism. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, lightly spiced red berry fruit, sage and white pepper, quite persistent on the finish, which feels very pure. What an outstanding 2006 Claret - a Cantemerle that punches well above its weight. Tasted April 2016. (NM)" (05/2016)

91 points James Suckling: "Very attractive with complex aromas and flavors of berry, mushroom and spice. Black truffle too. Full body, chewy tannins and a fresh finish. Very fine." (11/2015)

Wine Spectator: "Blackberry and sweet tobacco follow through to a medium body, with slightly aggressive tannins and a medium finish. Chewy. Needs time to mellow. Best after 2011. (JS)" (03/2009)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep red. Pure aromas of blackberry, violet and licorice, lifted by minty and herbal nuances. Juicy and energetic in the mouth, with spices and a light herbal quality contributing to the impression of lift and definition. Finishes with dusty tannins that seem a bit less gritty than they appeared to be a year ago from barrel. (ST)" (06/2009)

K&L Notes: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot. At Joanne: Boysenberry nose with spice. Full bodied. Harmonious. Good sweet finish. Lovely wine; better than 2005. At UGC: Elegant style. Complete and round. At the property: Cinnamon spice and some clove hints. Very fine aromas that lead to the palate. Long and deep on palate. High acid, delicious. A sure "sleeper of the vintage" and much better than their 2005! *1/2 Alex Brisoux: Sweet, spicy red fruit, cocoa/tobacco undertone, good structure, elegant long finish, the best young Cantemerle I've ever tasted. And on 1/23/09: As good as it gets for the price. Rich and full, lingering finish. PLEASE NOTE: This product is 12 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 12-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in styrofoam to protect the bottles, with the wood case shipped separately. Will Call or Local Delivery orders can be handled as intact OWCs. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions.

2010 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc 12-pack in OWC - 5 available ($589.00)

94 points James Suckling: "A wine with blueberry and mineral aromas follows through to a full body, with fine tannins and a juicy finish. Best for years from here. Needs at least three years of bottle age to soften. Could be better than 2009 in the long run." (02/2013)

94 points 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. With its 2010, this classified growth located in the southern end of the Medoc may well have made a modern-day version of their legendary 1949. (RP)" (02/2013)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: " *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. (RV)" (02/2013)

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. (JM)" (03/2013)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good full ruby-red. Musky aromas of black cherry, blueberry, espresso, menthol and licorice, lifted by a cool floral element. Densely packed and savory, displaying sappy energy to its intense dark berry flavors. With a serious structure and no easy sweetness today, this vibrant wine will need a good five to seven years in the cellar and should last well. This may eventually merit an even higher score. (ST)" (08/2013)

K&L Notes: The 2010 is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Petit Verdot. The vineyard is situated on deep gravel deposits in the Macau and Ludon villages of the appellation and has 9,600 vines per hectare. A dense and rich yet elegant Cantemerle from a great vintage. PLEASE NOTE: This product is 12 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 12-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in styrofoam to protect the bottles, with the wood case shipped separately. Will Call or Local Delivery orders can be handled as intact OWCs. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions.