2014 Les Allées de Cantemerle, 2nd Wine of Château Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc, France

Deep ruby with hints of brick. The nose shows black cherry, cassis and cigar box aromas. The palate is medium bodied, well rounded and supple, with red and black fruits, a little spice and rich, ripe tannins. The second wine of Chateau Cantemerle, the 2014 Les Allees de Cantemerle is a 60-40 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot produced from the estate’s younger vines.

Grape Variety: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon 40% Merlot

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2014 Les Allées de Cantemerle, 2nd Wine of Château Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc, France

Tasting Note

Deep ruby with hints of brick. The nose shows black cherry, cassis and cigar box aromas. The palate is medium bodied, well rounded and supple, with red and black fruits, a little spice and rich, ripe tannins. The second wine of Chateau Cantemerle, the 2014 Les Allees de Cantemerle is a 60-40 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot produced from the estate’s younger vines.

Grape Variety

60% Cabernet Sauvignon 40% Merlot

Food Pairing

Roast beef or lamb. Duck confit.

Winemakers Notes

“From the start, expressive aromas are evident, both fruity and floral; then, in the mouth the wine shows a mouth-filling richness which combines charm and tannic depth. This is a generous wine, full of zest, whose silky structure makes it very inviting.”

The second wine of Chateau Cantemerle, the 2014 Les Allees de Cantemerle is a 60-40 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot produced from the estate’s younger vines.

Producer Info

Wine production at Cantemerle can be traced back as far as 1354. The property then spent a great amount of time in two families: the Villeneuves from 1576-1892 (under whose reign Cantemerle was awarded a fifth growth status in the 1855 Classification), followed by the Dubos until 1980, when it was bought by insurance firm SMABTP.

This was the first time that a château had been purchased by an insurance company (several other properties followed suit in later years) but the group was determined to restore the vineyard, cellar and building to their former glory. After a marvellous 1983 vintage, the vineyard was greatly extended and replanted throughout the eighties and early nineties, bringing it to life again and ensuring it was properly mature for the excellent vintages of the new millennium.

There are now 91 hectares under vine, planted on fine, deep gravel, amidst a botanical fairyland of parklands. The château has regained its romantic charm, and there have been huge developments in the winery: it now boasts temperature-controlled cellars and three vat rooms, one each for stainless-steel, oak and cement tanks.

Regional Info

This large red-wine appellation of Haut-Médoc is home to some of the world’s greatest wines. Its 4,500ha of vineyards form a largely continuous strip that follows the Gironde from St Seurin-de-Cadourne, just north of St Estèphe, to Blanquefort in the northern suburbs of Bordeaux.

All the great communes of the Left Bank fall within its boundaries: Margaux, St Julien, Pauillac and St Estèphe, as well as the up and coming Moulis and Listrac. These are labeled under their own more illustrious and expensive appellation names. Châteaux labeled simply as Haut-Médoc rarely reach such heights but nevertheless offer consistently good quality and offer some of the best value in Bordeaux.

Haut-Médoc wines tend to be firm and fine with generous fruit and a nice minerality; what many would consider ‘classic Claret’. They come from loftier vineyards and offer higher quality and more complexity than those labelled simply as Médoc. Almost all wines are a blend of the principal varieties – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc – which helps producers hedge their bets if the slightly capricious climate causes one variety to fail. Small amounts of Petit Verdot, Malbec and even Carmenère are also used. The higher proportion of sand and gravel to the south tends to produce finer wines while the heavier clay and gravel north of Margaux yields sturdier examples. The best Haut-Médocs are found north of Ludon, a village just below Margaux. Ageing ability varies but the lesser wines are usually delicious after 3-4 years, lasting around a decade, while the Cru Classés have a drinkability window of around 6 to 15 years.

Reviews

Jancis Robinson MW – (Tasted blind) – Dark crimson. Sweet and intense. Edgy and demanding at the moment. A laster. *Good Value*

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