Cantemerle was the clear star of the Medoc, Listrac and Moulis UGC. Its position just to the south of the Margaux appellation enjoyed the best of conditions in 2015. There is a distinctly Cabernet style, with brooding aromas of cassis, crème de mûre and gravelly earthy notes. This is intense and black fruited with plenty of nuance and a quite serious fruit set. The tannins are very correct with lasting flavours of mineral infused cassis and clove. An excellent wine with plenty of potential.
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.