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1999 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc

SKU #997701 Decanter

Outer quote mark Interestingly evolved nose. Very supple and attractive. Great for now! Good balance and refreshment value. (17.5/20 points) Inner quote mark (4/2007)

Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Plum and coffee character follows through to a medium-bodied palate, with light tannins and a firm finish. Inner quote mark (3/2002)


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By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/21/2015 | Send Email
Cinnamon and I had this last night with an excellent New York Steak from Five Mary’s Farm. As most readers of these pages know, Cinnamon and I celebrate every Friday with steak & claret night, and this was a special one. Cinnamon prepared russet potato squares and the New York in the cast iron pan, and steamed some excellent French green beans. We decanted the wine a little over an hour ahead. I was over the moon for the 1999, and I might have enjoyed a little more than my half of the bottle, but at 12.5% the wine was as mild as mother’s milk. I found the wine lively and full of verve at 16 years old and yet silky and integrated. In 1999 they made 300,000 bottles of the first wine, declassifying the other third of the production. The composition is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 8% Petite Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Cinnamon and I both found the wine plummy from the high percentage of Merlot and I loved the minty focus on the back end. This is long finishing stuff, and the good acid on the back cut the richness of the meat, while the expressive fruit played excellent counterpoint to it. What a treat!
Drink from 2015 to 2029

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/19/2015 | Send Email
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Perfumy nose, slightly oaky aromas. Broad flavors with sweet and silky fruit. Good balance, with strong tannins on the end. A little lighter than the wonderful ’96. Super value! Retasted later in April (2000): More integrated tannins. Superb structure and balance. Great value for 16 year old wine.
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