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2016 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc

SKU #1428688 94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Plenty of menthol, blackberry and blackcurrant aromas in this elegant, medium-weight Haut-Médoc that’s got as much freshness as ripeness and a long, clean, mineral and herbal finish. An incredibly food-flexible wine! Drink or hold. Inner quote mark (2/2019)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Well-integrated tannins give this wine a rich, velvet character that is underlined by the blackberry fruits. The aftertaste is dense, concentrated and rich. Drink from 2025. (RV) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

92 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Sweet fruit on the nose is joined by plum and touches of vanillin. It has a southern Médoc feel, with almost-jammy fruit and a gourmet, damson streak. Edgy tannins hold the appealing, generous fruit, and the acidity is pretty high, but that's a signature of the vintage. A blend of the two Cabernets, Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot, aged for 12 months in oak, 40% new. Eric Boissenot consults. (JA) Inner quote mark (10/2018)

92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2016 Cantemerle has developed beautifully with élevage. Pliant, silky and exceptionally balanced, the 2016 has the pedigree and complexity to allow for a number of years of very fine drinking. Moreover, the 2016 delivers serious flavor intensity without being at all heavy. Smoke, iron and cedar add character to a Haut-Médoc that has a lot to offer. (AG) Inner quote mark (1/2019)

K&L Notes

91 points Neal Martin for Vinous: "The 2016 Cantemerle has a fresh bouquet of airy, floral black fruit; light violet scents emerge with time. The sorbet-fresh palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, and blood orange mingles with supple red fruit toward the graphite-infused finish. Delicious, classic and probably destined to age with class. Maybe a great value to boot?" (01/2019)

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By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/10/2020 | Send Email
The 2016 is a sleek style with crunchy mixed berries and dark boysenberry fruit filling the dark, cool middle. This is fresh and lifted, showing the precision of the vintage but still holding back on the richness that is buried in the middle

By: Mandana Tourani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/18/2019 | Send Email
Dense, serious intense flavors that work together in such a harmony; so, as serious this wine is, it will not be overwhelming at all. Black currant, black berries and a touch of smokiness. Smells like pine trees and has a dash of herbal notes on the nose. It is a beautiful Cab-dominant wine with long-lasting finish, and a divine addition to your steak dinner.

By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/24/2019 | Send Email
I've said it many times before, and I'll say again. There is no better value in world-class Haut-Medoc red Bordeaux than that made by Chateau Cantemerle. The 2016 is a prime example. It has a classic profile of fleshy, ripe black currant and plum fruit, graphite and spice with a perfectly balanced oak frame. Even in its youth, the tannins are refined and supple, and the acidity will take it the distance. If you collect Bordeaux, this is a no brainer.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/15/2019 | Send Email
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The 2016 Cantemerle has a fresh bouquet of airy, floral black fruit; light violet scents emerge with time.This wine is always one of the best values in Bordeaux and 2016 is no exception. Full and fine on the palate. Will cellar well for many yars.
Drink from 2021 to 2041

By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/19/2019 | Send Email
Showing strong Cabernet characteristic, with notes of ripe berries and currents, along with an intriguing note of menthol. This is a tremendous value that should not be missed by those looking to buy some cases of a quality wine to drink within the next 5 or 10 years.

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