Cantemerle 2019

Haut Medoc, Fifth Growth

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Tasting Notes

The 2019 Cantemerle has a fruit-driven bouquet with opulent blackberry and blueberry fruit, certainly one of the most floral in the flight with pressed violets developing in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with very supple tannins, fleshy and rounded, though I am looking for more tension and precision on the finish. This is a really fabulous Cantemerle that surely represents outstanding value. No excuse not to have this in your cellar. Tasted blind at the Southwold annual tasting.

Score: 93

Neal Martin, Maturity: 2025-2050 01 February 2023

The 2019 Cantemerle showed great potential from barrel. Now there’s no messing about on the nose as it delivers all those lovely ripe raspberry and blueberry aromas; very pure and one of the most sensual bouquets I have encountered from this estate. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, though it has firmed up since I last tasted it and revealed just a little greenness on the finish that was not there before. I want to applaud this Cantemerle, but I just need to double-check that finish first. Two bottles tasted with consistent notes.

Score: 90

Neal Martin, Maturity: 2024 - 2050 01 February 2022

The 2016 Cantemerle has a comparatively opulent bouquet of black cherries, boysenberry and light violet scents, touches of cedar and sous-bois emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins. There is a touch of greenness here, although it does come across harmonious and there is a pleasing spiciness toward the finish. Fine.

Score: 91

Neal Martin, Maturity: 2022-2045 01 August 2020

The 2019 Cantemerle has a ripe and sensual bouquet with ample black cherry and blueberry scents that burst from the glass, flecks of dark chocolate and clove emerging with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with saturated tannins that impart a fleshier mouthfeel compared to previous vintages. It works well because there is still ample structure underneath and cunningly disguised. Smooth as silk on the finish, this is simply a delicious Cantemerle.

Score: 91 - 93

Neal Martin, Maturity: 2024-2050 16 June 2020

Opening in the glass with notions of rich berry fruit, licorice, cedar, violets and loamy soil, the 2019 Cantemerle is medium to full-bodied, with a fleshy core of fruit, lively acids and powdery tannins that gently assert themselves on the finish. This shut down a little after bottling (some 11 months ago at the time of writing), but it is beginning to bounce back to reveal a wine of real charm and character.

Score: 92

William Kelley, Wine Advocate, Maturity: 2025 - 2045 07 April 2022

The 2019 Cantemerle is a very pretty and understated wine. Sweet red cherry, plum, blood orange, spice, tobacco, leather and dried herbs all grace this expressive Haut-Médoc. The 2019 is super classy from start to finish, but there is a bit less depth and overall substance than there was at the outset.

Score: 91

Antonio Galloni, Maturity: 2024 - 2039 01 February 2022

The 2019 Cantemerle is fabulous. Deep, inky and super expressive, Cantemerle is a real standout in 2019. Dark red and purplish berry fruit, grilled herbs, rose petal, spice, sweet pipe tobacco and mint are some of the many notes that develop here with a bit of coaxing. More than anything else, it is the wine's extraordinary balance and sense of harmony that stand out here. Don't miss this!

Score: 91 - 93

Antonio Galloni, 18 June 2020

Plenty of smoked cedar oak on the opening beats, this is full-throated in its extraction, but comes across as confident rather than too much, and as it softens the damson and black cherry fruits are attractive. A healthy 55hl/h yield, with 40% new oak.

Score: 92

Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux Maturity: 2026-2040 12 January 2022

Enticing aromatics, clear cassis fruits, astringency on the tannins which bodes well for the ageing as they also have good pliability. Not quite up with their very best vintages but we are getting close here, with tension to the core of the wine, well-judged berry fruit extraction, and clear structure overall. Great Médoc signature. 4% Petit Verdot completes the blend.

Score: 92

Jane Anson, Maturity: 2027-2042 25 May 2020

A red with lots of currant, blackberry, fresh-herb and tobacco character. Hint of mushroom, too. It’s full and layered with polished, chewy tannins and a bright and fresh finish. Very long and focused. Give it time to come together. Very classic character here. Best after 2026.

Score: 95

James Suckling, Maturity: 2026+ 06 December 2021

Crushed berries and walnuts with red-chili and mushroom notes. It’s medium-to full-bodied and soft. Juicy at the end. Ripe tannins and good balance.

Score: 93 - 94

James Suckling, 03 June 2020

This consistent estate has produced a rocking 2019 Château Cantemerle. Based on 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, its deep purple color is followed by classic notes of blackcurrants, cedary herbs, dried earth, and chocolate. Medium-bodied, nicely balanced, and textured on the palate, this solid, possibly outstanding, Haut-Médoc should keep for 15 years.

Score: 89 - 91

Jeb Dunnuck, Maturity: 2020-2035 30 June 2020