Wine Spectator 91 points - Tasted blind at the Southwold Bordeaux 2010 tasting. The Cantemerle 2010 has a floral bouquet that is akin to a Margaux - crushed violets intermingling with blackberry and wild hedgerow all with fine definition. The palate is medium-bodied with tart cherry fruit on the entry, before segueing into a powdery mid-palate and structured, more masculine finish. The fruit needs to be more expressive but I think this is just entering a sulky patch and deserves several years in bottle. Tasted January 2014.
Cinquièmes Crus Classés (Fifth Growths)
94 PTS – James Suckling
A wine with blueberry and mineral aromas follows through to a full body, with fine tannins and a juicy finish. Best for years from here. Needs at least three years of bottle age to soften. Could be better than 2009 in long run. (2/2013)
94+ PTS – The Wine Advocate
The wine needs a good 7-10 years of cellaring and should keep for 30 more years, but this is the finest Cantemerle I have encountered in my professional career of tasting young vintages (dating back 34 years now). Stunningly deep ruby/purple, with a beautiful nose of spring flowers intermixed with perfumed raspberry and blueberry notes, it exhibits a sort of cool-climate character. Broad, rich and intense on the palate, the wine has plenty of tannins, but they are sweet and well-integrated. Everything is delicately entwined into this beautiful, medium to full-bodied, dense purple wine, which shows stunning character and a prodigious potential for development. This is definitely a major sleeper of the vintage and even better than I thought from barrel. With its 2010, this classified growth located in the southern end of the Medoc may well have made a modern-day version of their legendary 1949.(2/2013)
92 PTS – Wine Enthusiast *Best Buy*
A great success for this southern Médoc chateau, this is fine, elegant and perfumed. It bursts with a black fruit flavor, balanced by smooth tannins and acidity. It's a wine for medium-term aging over the next six years.
91 PTS – Wine Spectator
Offers a sappy feel, with deliciously pure notes of kirsch and blackberry preserves. Lightly toasted spice and singed anise accents lead to the long, graphite-fueled finish. Should age gracefully. Drink now through 2022. (3/ 2013)
90 PTS – International Wine Cellar
Good full ruby-red. Musky aromas of black cherry, blueberry, espresso, menthol and licorice, lifted by a cool floral element. Densely packed and savory, displaying sappy energy to its intense dark berry flavors. With a serious structure and no easy sweetness today, this vibrant wine will need a good five to seven years in the cellar and should last well. This may eventually merit an even higher score. 90(+?) points. (8/ 2013)
Château Cantemerle' is located in the far south of the Médoc, almost on the outskirts of Bordeaux City. Cantemerle has 67 hectares of vineyards, planted with Merlot (40%), Cabernet Sauvignon (35%), Cabernet Franc (23%) and Petit Verdot (2%). The wines ferment for 5 days in wooden vats, followed by 30 days maceration before 12 months' wood ageing, 30% new. Cantemerle is classified as a 5ème Cru Classé.