2010 Chateau Cantemerle

Year: 2010
Appellation: Haut-Medoc
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 94+
Vinous Media: 90+
James Suckling: 94
Wine Enthusiast: 92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
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$44.95

DUE IN: OCTOBER 2017

"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." (WS)

"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.

With its 2010, this classified growth located in the southern end of the Medoc may well have made a modern-day version of their legendary 1949." (WA)

"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." (VM)

"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." (JS)

"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. -R.V. (2/1/2013) " (WE)

2010 CHATEAU CANTEMERLE IS BACK & STILL UNDER $45.00

About six or so months ago I heartily endorsed this Grand Cru fifth growth (“the” 1855 classification) and the current offering soon sold out. I’m delighted that it is now back, and though hardly ever do I re-recommend a wine I proudly do so in the case of the 2010 Cantermerle. My former comments were “I’ve been tasting Cantermerles for over a half century with varying degrees of satisfaction,” then I went on to say, “how magnificent was their great 1949 release (which I had a case of) and that the newly released 2010 is in the same exalted category.”

I also quoted Robert Parkers review when he gave the wine an impressive 94 (particularly impressive when you consider its special $44.95 price) and wrote; “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.”

RATING: 94/95

PRICE: $44.95, **** bargain

WHERE: Los Angeles Wine Co.

(Martin's Guide to Wine Bargains)


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