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Château Cantemerle Les Allées de Cantemerle Haut Médoc 2012
One Case ( 12 Bottles ): £245.52
Country - France
Region - Bordeaux
Grape Varieties - Cabernet Sauvignon 61%, Merlot 29%, Cabernet Franc 10%
Alcohol by volume - 13%
Bottle - 75cl
Producer - Château Cantemerle
Tasting notes - The wine shows attractive blackcurrant and tobacco aromas which are the dominant characteristics of the terroir. On the palate, the tannins are marvellously silky, with an expansive finesse and freshness producing a well-knit, ethereal wine. It possesses an aromatic potential that a little patience and good cellaring will soon reveal.
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A traditional and deeply coloured Bordeaux with
aromas of blackcurrant and a meaty, slightly rustic and
Following enormous investment and changes both in the winery and vineyard
management, Château Cantemerle is a Fifth Classed Growth which is proud of its
heritage and justified place in the 1855 classification. The Château is home to three
temperature-controlled vat rooms with a total capacity of 8000 litres. This includes a
wooden vat room for old vines, a stainless steel vat room mainly used for young
vines, and cement vat used for blending. The adjoining cellars are all air-conditioned
and house some 2,000 barrels. The second wine of Château Cantemerle comes
mainly from the Château’s young vines and is made like its elder brother. Les Allées
de Cantemerle has the same personality as the Grand Vin, but is ready to drink
The 2009 was a remarkable vintage. The growing season seemed to have it all: a
long, fine, warm summer and crucially refreshing nights to help retain the acidity.
Dramatically ripe, voluptuous wines of excellent quality are the result.
Situated in the Haut-Médoc, the Château de Cantermerle vineyard covers 94
hectares, 91 of which are under production. The soils are silica-gravel soils from the
Quaternary era. The gravels, which are a result of a thousand year old erosion of the
Pyrenees by the river Garonne, form one of the fundamental elements of a quality
vineyard. They form poor soils where the vines "struggle" to give rise to grapes with
high concentration. In addition, the small pebbles in the soil provide a filter and
contribute to the grape's maturity by reflecting the sun's rays and, during the night,
retaining the heat soaked up during the day. The vines have an average age of 30
years and are planted at a density of 9,600 vines per hectare, yielding between 50
to 55 hectolitres per hectare. The Allées de Cantermerle is made from the younger
vines on the vineyard. The vines are pruned to the Médoc Double Guyot method
and are grafted onto the phylloxera resistant 3309-10114 Riparia Gloire rootstock.
Deleafing and thinning take place each year.
The grapes were manually harvested, destemmed, manually sorted and then
crushed. Fermentation took place in wooden conical frustum vats, which allow an
intense, passive maceration of the cap and grape solids in the juice. The
fermentation lasted for six to eight days at controlled temperatures of between 26 to
28 °C, followed by a maceration lasting for 28 to 30 days. The wine was aged for 12
months in medium toasted French oak barrels, of which 20% were new. The wine
was bottled without filtration and just an ultra-light fining.
The wine shows attractive blackcurrant and tobacco aromas which are the
dominant characteristics of the terroir. On the palate, the tannins are marvellously
silky, with an expansive finesse and freshness producing a well-knit, ethereal wine. It
possesses an aromatic potential that a little patience and good cellaring will soon
This is the perfect accompaniment to roasted and grilled red meats.
Cabernet Sauvignon 61%, Merlot 29%, Cabernet Franc 10%
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- 12 Bottles
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