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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 10-1... Roland Hankerson. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2011 Cantemerle 6000ml
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.
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
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 underlying crushed rocks. Powerful black fruit matches the broad-shouldered tannins in this medium-to-full-bodied wine with medium-to-high acidity and the earthy terroir expression of pulverized rocks adds complexity to an accessible fruit forward wine.
60% cabernet sauvignon 30% merlot and 5% each of cabernet franc and petit verdot.Aged in 50% new French oak for twelve months. A deep garnet core leads to a faint pink rim. Gentle currant and macerated cherry aromas follow through to entry the new oak is almost invisible in this cuvee. Cantemerle s 2010 is all about elegance and grace a tough trick to pull off in this dry vintage. This should be at the top of the list for those who prefer a more restrained Bordeaux. Leave it alone for a year
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.
A wine with blueberry and mineral aromas follows through to a full body, with fine tannins and a juicy finish. Best for years from here. Needs at least three years of bottle age to soften. Could be better than 2009 in the long run.
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