2015 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1251738 95-96 points James Suckling

 Wow. Real Cantemerle with stupendous power and depth. Mineral, stone and violet character. Full and structure. It starts slowly and then goes on for minutes. Perhaps best ever?  (5/2016)

92-94 points Wine Enthusiast

 With structured tannins and red berry notes, this is already showing an elegant structure. It is the fruit that sings here, gently supported by the fine, dusty tannins. (RV)  (4/2016)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Cantemerle is a blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot. It offers plenty of blackberry and raspberry fruit on the nose, not the best defined that I encountered among the Haut-Médocs, but with plenty of "stuffing." The palate is medium-bodied with supple red and black fruit on the entry matched with a fine thread of acidity. There is a pleasing crescendo in the mouth driven by that Merlot content and it finishes with some swagger. This is a very fine Cantemerle exuding joie-de-vivre that I can see doling out plenty of drinking pleasure over the next decade and beyond. Tasted thrice with consistent notes. (NM)  (4/2016)

89-92 points Wine Spectator

 Fresh, with a good sanguine note weaving around red currant and bitter cherry flavors. There's a stony echo developing on the finish. (JM, Web-2016)

90 points Decanter

 Fine expression of fruit with elegance and class, This is never a big wine but it has fine natural depth and harmony. (SS)  (4/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 Deep crimson. Brimming with fruit on the nose but there is rather less on the palate. At most medium weight with some oak in evidence but a pretty Cantemerle with good ripe fruit.  (4/2016)

Vinous

 The 2015 Cantemerle is ripe, juicy and forward, with good overall depth and plenty of juiciness. Sweet red cherry, new oak, herb, blood orange, anise and earthy notes wrap around the fleshy, inviting finish. This is an especially racy, forward style, but there is good tannic grip as well. Tasted two times. (AG)  (4/2016)

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By: Philip Bohorfoush | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/5/2016 | Send Email
Deep robe. Black currant, violet, cassis, earth, and mineral on the nose. Seamless and plush on the palate with excellent density of fruit. Finishes full, long, and elegant. Impressive.
Top Value!

By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/5/2016 | Send Email
Every year one of the wines I look most forward to tasting is Cantemerle. Always affordable and a perennial overachiever given its price this is a wine I always anxiously await to taste. The 2015 Cantemerle does not disappoint, this is a stunning value and loaded with pretty berry fruit and spice with hints of earth and mineral notes. Silky tannins and a long finish make this a worthy rival of both the 2009 & 2010 vintages.
Top Value! Drink from 2018 to 2048

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/5/2016 | Send Email
This could be for me the greatest value wine of the vintage. (Under $30). IT is so sweet and lush on the palate, but it also has tremendous depth and structure. Blackberry aromas and flavors-silky texture. Long and lingering on the palate-tasted three times and it was great each time. As good as the 2010 was, this may be a touch better-more polished. We sold over 8000 bottles of the 2010 ($37-$47)-we will sell that much of this beauty. A must buy.
Drink from 2020 to 2035

By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/4/2016 | Send Email
Our entire team loved this wine and a 13% increase in price is very reasonable number for what might be Bordeaux greatest value. Great nose and taste of effusive black fruits with hints of earth, chocolate and wood all beautifully balanced! Loved it!

By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/4/2016 | Send Email
I tasted this wine on 3 separate occasions during our week in Bordeaux and loved it every time. Aromatic and wonderfully fresh, crisp fruit that is nearly silky in the mouth; Tannins are ripe and sweet with a long lingering finish. This is a wine to buy for sure!
Top Value!

By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/4/2016 | Send Email
Just a gorgeous wine both on the nose and on the palate. There's a ruby red core of sweet fruit and secondary flavors of rose petals and mineral notes that add complexity to that ripeness. A stunner and another notch in the ever-lengthening belt of Cantemerle's successes. Sure to be the staff favorite once the wine arrives two years from now. Make sure you get in early.

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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 M├ędoc 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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