Chateau Cantemerle, Haut-MedocVineyard: 87 hectares - Average age of vines: 30 years - silica and gravel soils of the quaternary era.
Vintages: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot - Petit Verdot - Cabernet Franc
The grapes are handpicked with selective sorting carried out in the vineyard.
Vinification and Ageing
Full de-stemming, the grapes are hand-sorted before crushing.
Fermentation: 6-8 days at 26 -28°C
Maceration: 28 -30 days
Ageing: 12 months in 50% new French oak barrels (medium toast) - an ultra light fining is done but no filtration occurs prior to bottling.
Those who prefer a young wine can begin to appreciate this very fine bottle from 2012 (decant three hours before serving), allowing the development of spicy, black fruit aromas typical of Cantemerle. The wine’s complexity is satisfyingly paradoxical: concentration and elegance, liveliness and softness. The wine is a deep garnet colour typical of a great vintage, confirmed on the nose by its rich aromatic complexity, with a beautiful long fresh finish. Properly cellared this vintage will continue ageing for fifteen years and more; showing its superb pedigree, boldly expressive yet with finely delicate aromas perfectly representative of its vintage and terroir.
Château Cantemerle is a winery in the Haut-Médoc appellation of the Bordeaux wine region of France, in the commune of Macau. The wine produced here was the final estate to be classified as one of eighteen Cinquièmes Crus (Fifth Growths) in the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855. Its absence from the classification map featured at the 1855 Exposition Universelle de Paris created some controversy, even though it has been listed on all maps published after 1856. Some sources will include an asterisk next to Château Cantemerle listing in reference to this controversy. The estate has a long history in the Haut-Médoc with records detailing its existence since at least the 12th century and wine production since at least the 14th century. In the 19th century, the estate was hard hit by the phylloxera epidemic as well as grapevine attacks of downy mildew, after which production dropped nearly 50%. Towards the end of the 20th century, the estate was sold to French insurance group Les Mutuelles d'Assurance du Bâtiment et des Travaux Publicwho have contributed significant investment in the estate's vineyards and winemaking facilities.Chateau Cantemerle - Official Website