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2018 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1407921 92-94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This wine shows rich dark fruit on top of firm, dry tannins. It has structure and concentration, offering a dense wine that is going to develop well. (RV) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Rich aromas of blackberries, dried currants, chocolate, walnuts and tile on the nose. It’s medium-to full-bodied with firm, fine-grained tannins. Polished and structured with a nice core of black fruit. Give it at least a couple of years of bottle age. Lovely balance to it. Inner quote mark (2/2021)

91 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Some reduction on the first nose here. Really takes some time before the fruit starts to come out, showing nuanced layers of raspberry and chocolate, with a tiny touch of bitterness on the finish. There is clear power and depth here. Give it time in bottle. (JA) Inner quote mark (11/2020)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Deepest cherry red with ruby rim. Smells rich and has the complexity of a more varied blend than most, lifted by the Cabernets, especially the Franc. I assume it is the Petit Verdot that adds that hint of something more floral. Ripe but not overripe, as you can see from the moderate (in this vintage) alcohol. Smooth, generous, rounded – deep velvet tannins and so much lovely fruit. Much better than when I tasted it en primeur. 16/20 points (JH) Inner quote mark (10/2020)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Cantemerle delivers notions of crème de cassis, raisin cake and prunes with hints of Chinese five spice and dusty soil. Full-bodied and boldly fruited with dried berries and fruit preserves, it has a firm, chewy texture and just enough freshness, finishing spicy. (LPB) Inner quote mark (4/2019)


Outer quote mark The 2018 Cantemerle has a vivid and quite floral bouquet, pressed violets infusing the black cherry and raspberry fruit and the oak nicely integrated. It just seems to lose a bit of its initial vigor in the glass. The fresh, chewy palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins and veins of greenness toward the finish. (NM) Inner quote mark (11/2019)

Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Direct, with a stony accent to the red currant and damson plum flavors. A bit austere on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. (JM) Inner quote mark

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By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/7/2019 | Send Email
Lots of raspberry fruit, spicy, fresh, wonderful elegance and balance. Long finish, pure. Not an easy growing season for Cantemerle, this is a great effort!

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