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Château Cantemerle - Haut Médoc 2021

Price: $35.00

Producer Château Cantemerle
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Subregion Haut Médoc
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Petit Verdot Cabernet Franc
Vintage 2021
Sku 97146
 

95 Points - Wine Enthusiast

The Château of Cantemerle, located in the Médoc, has a long history dating back to the Middle Ages. The story of the estate reads like an epic historical drama: shifting political alliances, religious conflict, arranged marriages, and, of course, familial intrigue. Through all the ups and downs there has been one constant: the production of world-class wine. Château Cantemerle has the distinction of being the first revision to the 1855 Bordeaux Classification: it was added as a fifth-growth a few months after the publication of the original list. The Château fell on hard times in the beginning of the 20th century. However, in the 1980's serious investments were made to replant and expand the vineyards, as well as the cellar, resulting in Cantemerle, and the wine, being restored to its former glory.

 

The vineyards of Château Cantemerle are planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot on 92 hectares on soils of sand and gravel. The grapes are fermented in a mix of conical wooden vats, stainless steel tanks and cement vats and aged in 40%-50% new French oak barrels for 12-16 months. The wines of Cantemerle are medium-bodied, charming, fresh and elegant. They drink well young but will age graefully for 20 years. This is among the most consistent and best value Cru Classé wines in all of Bordeaux.

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