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2020 Château Cantemerle En Primeur

Released en primeur today at £218 per dozen bottles in bond, the 2020 Château Cantemerle was amongst the earlier 2020 cask samples we tasted.  It stood out as it gave us an inkling about the style of the vintage as a whole.  After the open and concentrated fruit of the 2019s, this 2020 was refined and elegant with pure but subtle blackcurrant fruit.  Cantemerle often has an austerity about it and sees less oak than some of its peers, but the 2020 is still very much from a warm's just been very well-managed.  Jane Anson describes it as "confident, succulent, elegant and classic", awarding 93 points.

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Château Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc

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Château Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc

Château Cantemerle is a Cinquième Grand Cru Classé in the Haut-Médoc.  Dating back to the 12th Century, it takes its name from a Ponset de Cantemerle, lord of the estate in 1340.  Today, the estate is owned by the SMABTP insurance group, also owners of Corbin, Grand Corbin and Jurat in St-Emilon.

Cantermerle as 91 hectares of vines in the Macau and Laudun communes, on a mixture of silica and gravel, planted to 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot.  The wine is aged for 16 months, 12 of months of which is in barrel.


RED 2020 Château Cantemerle 75cl £218 per case of 12 Château Cantemerle
2020 / / 75cl
£218 per case of 12
Tasting Notes“Cask sample taken 6 April. 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot. 40% new oak. Dark purple crimson with black core. Distinctive aroma that brings together not just cassis and damson but also the more lifted scent of Cab Franc and Petit Verdot. Gently leafy (not unripe) and with a light floral note like peony. Really pretty. On the palate, darker fruited but also with a marked dark-chocolate-like sweetness. Smooth, chewy tannins. Lots of flavour and a fruit and oak sweetness on the finish (though of course it is as dry wine), as well as the more savoury side from the dry tannins. Well integrated even now. 13.1%. Drink 2025 – 2032. 16 + points.” JH,, Apr 2021------"This has the tight tannins of the vintage with damson and an edge of bitter dark chocolate, but it is a success all the same - confident, succulent, elegant and classic. Philippe Dambrine retires as director of the estate as of this vintage, replaced by Laure Canu from Château Angélus. A yield of 45hl/ha, 40% new oak, 6% Petit Verdot completes the blend. Drinking Window 2028 - 2042. 93 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine------"Lots or richness and fruit for this winery, showing blackberry, blackcurrant and dark-chocolate character. It’s full and layered. Well done. 93-94 points"

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