2010 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival)
Layered and rich with lots of blueberry character and ripe velvety tannins. Lovely texture. Best wine from here in years.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A quintessentially elegant style of Bordeaux, the opaque ruby/purple-tinged 2010 Cantemerle possesses elegant floral notes intermixed with hints of blueberries, raspberries, sweet red cherries and currants. Medium-bodied with impressive purity, concentration and texture, it is not a heavyweight, but rather a well-proportioned, stylish red that should drink nicely for 15-20 years.
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.
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.
Excellent fruit, in a Margaret River sort of mode. Tannins are high, as is acid. As reliable as ever. 17/20 points.