2010 Château Cantemerle Haut-Médoc
Château Cantemerle is also one of the oldest properties in the Bordeaux wine region. It is considered by many to be one of the Best Buys of Bordeaux year in and year out. It's one of Mike's favorites too. This is from 2010, one of the best vintages in recent years - which means this is a KILLER wine! 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Petit Verdot. Vines average 35 years in age. Malolactic fermentation takes place in vat. The wine is aged in 40% to 50% new French oak barrels for between 12 to 16 months, depending on the vintage. Cantemerle remains one of the top values among the Classified Growths. It’s an estate you can count on to produce elegant, character driven wines at a fair price.
94+ points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. "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."
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."
93 points, Vinous. "The 2010 Cantemerle is vigorous and open on the nose, a mixture of red and black fruit with cedar and humidor scents. I admire the focus and detail. The palate is rounded in texture on the entry. This is a plumper, richer, more fruit-driven 2010 with a lush finish on the context of the growing season. You could broach this now, although I would prefer to leave it another three or four years. This is another excellent wine and candidate for most over-performing cru this vintage. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners 10-Year On Bordeaux horizontal."