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Les Allees de Cantemerle 2009
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Editorial Reviews for Les Allees de Cantemerle
Limestone and grape seed aromas greet the nose which is nuanced and detailed. In the mouth this is a bit firm and chewy though with an innate sweetness to the grippy fruit. It feels a bit extracted on entry, then thins out a bit on the palate, but with attractive blackcurrant fruit and firm minerality, finishes with great refreshing tannin. 88pts
Oaky on the nose with toasty wood spice over a shallow and lean core of astringent fruit. Soft and anonymous in the mouth, showing a modicum of mineral flavors and a hint of cherry fruit but this is short, charmless and already drying out. 78pts
Slightly smoky and a touch sweet on the nose with layered notes of balsam, dried meat, dried black raspberry fruit – sweet entry then a bit drying, savory mid-palate, rich and fairly ripe fruit but with a bit of a raw oak edge, nice fruit builds on the finish but the tannins remain a bit obtrusive (87-88)
Lovely ripe fruit and soft tannins, medium-bodied. Dry, fresh and appealing. Also available to purchase in the UK from The Wine Society.
Four and a half glasses
This wine has surprising heft and is slightly backward. Deep blackberry and coffee notes electrify the olfactory bulbs but streaks of astringency may detract from overall drinking pleasure. Still, there is good structure and balance and this suggests a long life. Hold until 2012 or later. This edition has the classified growth quality sometimes absent in prior vintages.
Black fruit and spice on this elegant nose. Soft black fruit on the palate - a touch thin. A smooth and balanced wine with a very good finish. Cantemerle has surprised me! In a blind tasting, I might call this a Margaux.
équilibré, dense, nez vert ? Mais élégant, léger, arômes "pyro", rond, finesse
Received this wine as the result of a NCAA basketball tourney bet. We weren't sure what to expect and weren't even sure what haut-medoc is. It has a strong berry and mint nose and medium tannins. We should probably have laid it down for a few more years as it tastes super young and tight. Paired it with hamburgers since we didn't know better, but think it would do better with a nice pork chop. Would buy it again.
External Reviews for Les Allees de Cantemerle
Planted to 50% cabernet sauvignon 40% merlot 5% petit verdot 5% cabernet franc. Red fruit characterizes both the bouquet and palate. Both acid and tannins seem to come in powerful waves. Give this a few years to come together knowing it has a 10-15 year drinking window. Roland Hankerson.
Planted to 50% cabernet sauvignon, 40% merlot, 5% petit verdot, 5% cabernet franc. Red fruit characterizes both the bouquet and palate. Both acid and tannins seem to come in powerful waves. Give this a few years to come together knowing it has a 10-1... Roland Hankerson. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2011 Cantemerle 6000ml
The wine displays a sustained and brilliant color of great depth with all the elegance of an evening gown. The nose has already evolved and shows black currant and other black fruit aromas. On the palate the wine's tannins are soft and smooth with a steady balance and a long fresh finish. Aromas of fruit tobacco and licorice harmoniously blend with those from the oak giving rise to flavors which coat the palate without roughness. The overall impression is of a tender and soft wine which has passed through a spirited youth to reveal the elegance typical of Cantemerle's terroir. Harmony and a certain femininity define this wine which demonstrates this property's legendary ability to produce vintages which maintain a potential for great finesse at every stage of their evolution Winemaker notes
Layered and rich with lots of blueberry character and ripe velvety tannins. Lovely texture. Best wine from here in years. James Suckling. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2010 Cantemerle 6000ml
60% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot, 6% cabernet franc, 4% petit verdot. Aged in 40% new barrels for 12 - 14 months. 90 hectares planted to sand and deep gravel from the Quaternary period. Sweet blackberry and mocha spice dominate the nose with underl... Andy Frieden. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2010 Cantemerle 750ml
After belonging to the Villeneuve (1576- 1892) and Dubos (1892- 1980) families, Château Cantemerle was acquired by a major mutual insurance company, the SMABTP (Les Mutuelles d'Assurance du Bâtiment et des Travaux Publics), in 1981. The winemaking facilities were completely renovated and Cantemerle now enjoys a privileged position among the classified growths in the Haut-Médoc appellation. Human know-how makes the most of the estate's considerable natural blessings. The grapes are handpicked and carefully sorted. Small lots from individual vineyard plots are fermented separately in wide, low, wooden vats for the slow, gentle extraction of tannin.The wine is then aged in oak barrels for twelve months and lightly fined before château bottling.
Good full ruby-red. Musky aromas of black cherry blueberry espresso menthol and licorice lifted by a cool floral element. Densely packed and savory displaying sappy energy to its intense dark berry flavors. With a serious structure and no easy sweetness today this vibrant wine will need a good five to seven years in the cellar and should last well. This may eventually merit an even higher score. 90+ Stephen Tanzers IWC.
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