2015 Les Allées de Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc

SKU #1382582 Jancis Robinson

 Tasted blind. Dark crimson. Sweet and intense. Edgy and demanding at the moment. A laster. *Good Value* Drink 2024-2036. (JR)  (2/2019)

Vinous

 Sweet red cherry and plum fruit give the 2015 Les Alles de Cantemerle its attractive, juicy personality. Pliant and supple, the 2015 is a terrific choice for drinking over the next few years. A host of floral/savory notes appear on the finish, adding lift and brightness. (AG)  (2/2018)

K&L Notes

The second wine of Chateau Cantemerle, the 2015 Les Allées de Cantemerle is a 60-40 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot produced from the estate's younger vines. Winery notes: "From the start, expressive aromas are evident, both fruity and floral; then, in the mouth the wine shows a mouth-filling richness which combines charm and tannic depth. This is a generous wine, full of zest, whose silky structure makes it very inviting."


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By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/26/2018 | Send Email
This is probably the most affordable, incredibly ageable 2015 we have. If you tasted the 2009 last year, you know that Cantemerle’s second label has serious chops to it. This has beautiful spice notes, crunchy red and blue fruit, amazing structure between the balanced tannins and acid. Stock up on it and put some away, this will age beautifully for at least a decade!

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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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France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
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Bordeaux