Cantemerle 2016

Haut Medoc, Fifth Growth

Excel download

View All Vintages of this Wine

Units Size Case size GBP Price: Quantities Buy
60 Bottle (75cl) Case 12 £270 per Case Cases [Add to shopping basket]
Tasting Notes

The 2016 Cantemerle has a fresh bouquet of airy, floral black fruit; light violet scents emerge with time. The sorbet-fresh palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, and blood orange mingles with supple red fruit toward the graphite-infused finish. Delicious, classic and probably destined to age with class. Maybe a great value to boot?

Score: 91

Neal Martin, Vinous.com Maturity: 2022-2045 01 January 2019

The 2016 Cantemerle has a tightly wound bouquet and it never quite delivers the detail and mineralité that some of its peers have produced in this vintage. There are attractive undergrowth scents and a touch of tobacco, but it does not leap from the glass with joy. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, good depth of fruit, blackberry laced with cedar and graphite. One sample was missed a little precision, however, a second and third demonstrated much more precision and tension. My score reflects this.

Score: 90 - 92

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2020-2030 28 April 2017

The 2016 Cantemerle has developed beautifully with élevage. Pliant, silky and exceptionally balanced, the 2016 has the pedigree and complexity to allow for a number of years of very fine drinking. Moreover, the 2016 delivers serious flavor intensity without being at all heavy. Smoke, iron and cedar add character to a Haut-Médoc that has a lot to offer.

Score: 92

Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com Maturity: 2018-2036 01 January 2019

The 2016 Cantemerle comes across as raw and not fully put together. Even so, the wine possesses superb richness, volume and depth. Iron, smoke, raspberry jam and succulent cherry notes are all pushed forward. Plush and racy, with striking depth, this succulent, expressive Haut-Médoc is built for pleasure. Tasted two times.

Score: 89 - 92

Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com 25 April 2017

Medium garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Cantemerle offers up warm plums, black cherries and mulberries with an earth and bay leaves undercurrent. The palate is medium-bodied with just enough fruit and pleasantly chewy tannins, finishing with an herbal lift.

Score: 89

Lisa Perotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2019-2028 30 November 2018

For me this is easily one of their best ever wines, totally living up to its fifth growth billing. Lovely and juicy with excellent tension, really walking that line. Menthol, cassis and cedar are framed by well-wrought tannins that bring the whole thing together and lead onto a juicy finish. The blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot is aged in 40% new oak for 12 months, followed by a further four months in vats before bottling.

Score: 93

Decanter Maturity: 2027-2040 21 April 2017

Quite pungent with treacly notes on the nose. Fairly light and soulless - not to say a little fruitless. Green notes on the end.

Score: 15 - 16

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2023-2030 20 April 2017

Deep beautiful colour. Impressive core of cassis fruit. Tannins are subtle, round and ripe. Juicy back palate.

Score: 91 - 93

Albany Vintners 19 April 2017

Lively cherry and bitter plum fruit streaks through, laced with fine chalky tannins. Picks up iron and savory hints on the finish.

Score: 88 - 91

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator 10 April 2017

Dense and chewy already with plenty of ripe tannins and bright fruit. Vivid acidity. Full body, a firm and silky texture and a flavorful finish. Lots going on. Excellent follow-up to the great 2015!

Score: 94 - 95

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com 24 March 2017