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2010 Château Cantemerle (750ml)
Producer: Château Cantemerle chateau-cantemerle.com
Appellation: Haut-Médoc - Médoc - France (5ème Cru Classé)
Type: red
Varietal: Merlot - Cabernet Sauvignon - Cabernet Franc - Petit Verdot
Maturity: Hold
Rating: Excellent
Est. Price: US$42.99
Alcohol %: 13
Tasting Notes:
rated: February 13, 2012 , Michael Khoury
Best 2017-2028
rated: February 6, 2013 , Robert Parker erobertparker.com
94 points " The wine needs a good 7-10 years of cellaring and should keep for 30 more years, but this is the finest Cantemerle I have encountered in my professional career of tasting young vintages (dating back 34 years now). Stunningly deep ruby/purple, with a beautiful nose of spring flowers intermixed with perfumed raspberry and blueberry notes, it exhibits a sort of cool-climate character. Broad, rich and intense on the palate, the wine has plenty of tannins, but they are sweet and well-integrated. Everything is delicately entwined into this beautiful, medium to full-bodied, dense purple wine, which shows stunning character and a prodigious potential for development. This is definitely a major sleeper of the vintage and even better than I thought from barrel. (94+) (2/ 2013)" Best 2020-2040
rated: September 20, 2013 , Thomas Ivey
"94 points James Suckling: "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." (02/2013) 92 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Best Buy* A great success for this southern Médoc chateau, this is fine, elegant and perfumed. It bursts with a black fruit flavor, balanced by smooth tannins and acidity. It's a wine for medium-term aging over the next six years." (02/2013) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Offers a sappy feel, with deliciously pure notes of kirsch and blackberry preserves. Lightly toasted spice and singed anise accents lead to the long, graphite-fueled finish. Should age gracefully. Drink now through 2022." (03/2013) 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "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(+?) points." (08/2013) Jancis Robinson: "Excellent fruit, in a Margaret River sort of mode. Tannins are high, as is acid. As reliable as ever. 17/20 points." (11/2012) Decanter: "Finely expressed, deep but lifted and potentially complex fruit, refreshing acidity and firmness to add length to its habitual charm. Drink 2017-26. (17 points)" (04/2011) "