1999 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc

SKU #997701 Decanter

 Interestingly evolved nose. Very supple and attractive. Great for now! Good balance and refreshment value. (17.5/20 points)  (4/2007)

Wine Spectator

 Plum and coffee character follows through to a medium-bodied palate, with light tannins and a firm finish.  (3/2002)

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By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/21/2015 | Send Email
Cinnamon and I had this last night with an excellent New York Steak from Five Mary’s Farm. As most readers of these pages know, Cinnamon and I celebrate every Friday with steak & claret night, and this was a special one. Cinnamon prepared russet potato squares and the New York in the cast iron pan, and steamed some excellent French green beans. We decanted the wine a little over an hour ahead. I was over the moon for the 1999, and I might have enjoyed a little more than my half of the bottle, but at 12.5% the wine was as mild as mother’s milk. I found the wine lively and full of verve at 16 years old and yet silky and integrated. In 1999 they made 300,000 bottles of the first wine, declassifying the other third of the production. The composition is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 8% Petite Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Cinnamon and I both found the wine plummy from the high percentage of Merlot and I loved the minty focus on the back end. This is long finishing stuff, and the good acid on the back cut the richness of the meat, while the expressive fruit played excellent counterpoint to it. What a treat!
Drink from 2015 to 2029

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/19/2015 | Send Email
Perfumy nose, slightly oaky aromas. Broad flavors with sweet and silky fruit. Good balance, with strong tannins on the end. A little lighter than the wonderful ’96. Super value! Retasted later in April (2000): More integrated tannins. Superb structure and balance. Great value for 16 year old wine.
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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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