1995 Cantemerle, Haut-Medoc
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Tasted blind in a tough 1995 horizontal, this Cantemerle embarrassed some of the "big names". Not much on the nose. Some green pepper and under ripeness. Quite rich and tannic on the palate though with a touch of chocolate. Moderate acidity, quite masculine and muscular towards the finish. Needs time but good potential. Tasted April 2005. (NM)
Dark rusty colour with lots of development at the rim. Light nose that needed encouragement because the sample was a little cold but eventually some minerals and old pencil sharpenings emerged. Fully resolved tannins and very sweet fruit on the front palate, just gently giving up and making way for a little dryness on the end but this would be a charming bottle at a relatively low price. Cantemerle’s first primeur to be put on the Bordeaux place.
Clean aromas of raspberry, cherry and currant. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a fresh, fruity aftertaste. (JS, Web-2007)
Excellent value for the cellar. Big wine with good fruit concentration and structure. Will soften in a few years. RP: 85-86+... 'Sweeter and fatter than the 1994, with more glycerin, lower acidity, medium body, and a sense of elegance; it should drink well for a decade'