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. 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 Public who have contributed significant investment in the estate's vineyards and winemaking facilities.
20% of the vineyards were damaged by frost and so there is no Cabernet Franc included in the blend this vintage. The nose is brooding with ripe cassis, cedar wood and a little tobacco. The palate is sturdy and intense, dominated by flavours of cassis and mulberry and a touch of kirsch. The tannins are fine and there is a subtle elegance on the finish. A fine Cantemerle.
Great paired with duck breast with bacon, cabbage and balsamic dressing.
12 months in barrel – 40% new, 40% 1 year and 20% 2 year followed by a further 4 months in vat.