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2009 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc

SKU #1106749 95 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Gorgeous ripe fruit character, with loads of blueberries, blackberries and flowers. Full body, with velvety tannins and a fruity, fresh, grapefruit aftertaste. Really beautiful. Best ever from here. Inner quote mark (3/2012)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2009 Cantemerle finally shows the potential that it displayed out of barrel. It has a delightful, well-defined bouquet with blackberry, cedar and tobacco aromas, vigorous with impressive delineation and class. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannin, and a taut line of acidity. Fresh and vibrant with a poised and quite tensile finish. This is a wonderfully crafted 2009 Left Bank. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners’ 2009 Bordeaux tasting. (NM) Inner quote mark (3/2019)

92 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 2009 is a superb example of this excellent terroir in a ripe and buxom vintage, and this wine is quite strong. The superb nose shows far more purity than its 2010 counterpart, wafting from the glass in a generous mélange of cassis, sweet dark berries, tobacco leaf, lovely, dark soil tones, cigar wrapper and a bit of smoky new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, plush and primary, with a fine core, ripe, chewy tannins and very good focus and grip on the long, youthful and very well-balanced finish. This is a lovely, broad-shouldered Cantemerle in the making, but give it plenty of time in the cellar to blossom. Inner quote mark (7/2014)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Very structured wine, with black currant fruit and dense acidity. The tannins are dark, firm, solid. This is a fine wine from Cantemerle, reveling in the richness of the vintage. *Cellar Selection* (RV) Inner quote mark (2/2012)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Readers looking for the more ethereal, elegant side of Bordeaux need search no further than Cantemerle, one of the estates in the very southern end of the Medoc. Dense ruby/purple (nearly opaque), this wine offers up notes of lead pencil shavings, spring flowers, raspberries and black cherries. The wine is ethereal, medium-bodied, and by no means a blockbuster, but long and intellectual. However, the tannins are present, and the wine is certainly capable of putting on weight with time in the bottle. (RP) 91+ Inner quote mark (12/2011)

91 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This broad, fleshy style delivers toasty spice and tobacco notes up front, followed by dark cocoa, crushed plum and mulled blackberry fruit flavors. This really stretches out nicely in the glass, with alluring dark fruit and a velvety feel. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2012)


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By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/12/2014 | Send Email
This year’s blend is 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot and 6% Cabernet Franc. The nose is sexy, filled with floral, dark fruit and cedar. The polished palate has more of a currant flavor along with raspberry.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/16/2013 | Send Email
*½+V Sweet fruit and forward on the palate. Better at property where it showed a blackish color and bright red currant fruit flavors. Super-rounded tannins engulfed by superb fruit. Long and lovely. This is a super wine, as usual.

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