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2010 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1066789 94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark 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. Inner quote mark (2/2013)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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. Inner quote mark (2/2013)

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By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/12/2013 | Send Email
In barrel. 52 Cabernet, 35 Merlot, 8 Cabernet Franc and 5 Petit Verdot. Nice pure bright red fruit, good structure with big tannins and high acidity. This is a good wine for under $40 that is built to cellar.

By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/5/2013 | Send Email
Elegant, with almost exotic black and red fruits. A lovely, grapey wine with nice tannins, excellent balance and a very long finish. At UGC: Tasty. Consistently a great value!

By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/4/2013 | Send Email
This was probably the easiest property to taste at the entire UGC, and the wine is so complete it could be enjoyed now. Damp earth, copious red fruits and bright spice form a smooth and balanced package with a lingering finish. The burly mid-palate that closed down so many wines at this tasting is completely lacking in this zesty and elegant wine.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/4/2013 | Send Email
*1/2V Lots of black fruit, though it's pretty tannic and hefty, with textbook herbal qualities and an earthy, sweet, black-fruited finish. Lots of structure. At UGC: Elegant, with almost exotic black and red fruits. A lovely, grapey wine with nice tannins, excellent balance and a very long finish. A great value!

By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/25/2012 | Send Email
Can you say perennial value?

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