The last wine in the 1855 classification is more than deserving of its place given the quality of the wines produced here in the last decade. Last year the J&B team got very excited about Cantemerle and so did Robert Parker giving it a whopping 92-94* This year is much the same story from us. A classically styled Cantemerle, cut flowers, plum liqueur, damsons and a nice mineral touch. There is surprising density, impressive concentration, ripe dark berries, svelte fruit; a pure, seductive and powerful example with smooth, fine grained tannins. Very good indeed!
Cantemerle is a 5ème cru classé, located in the appellation of Haut Medoc. It was the last entry in the 1855 Classification; in fact it was something of a late entry... Its viticultural history can be dated back to 1354, but at this time the estate was better known for other forms of agriculture, particularly cattle and cereals. Situated just to the south of Margaux, Cantemerle is currently making excellent value, classical wines that reward aging but as is the modern way can be accessed in their youth.
The Haut Medoc is a sub region of the Medoc, which covers some 4,643 hectares and incorporates communes such as St Estephe, Pauillac, St Julien and Margaux. Given the size of this appellation, there are a variety of different terroirs including clay, chalk and gravel. Most famous estates within the Haut Medoc defer to their more specific appellations, however, there are five classified growths that belong to the generic Haut Medoc AOC, The most famous being La Lagune and Cantemerle. Jean Gautreau’s Sociando Mallet is another noteworthy Haut Medoc estate.