Located in the southern part of the Bordeaux Medoc peninsula near the villages of Macau & Ludon, Chateau Cantemerle, designated a great growth in the famous 1855 classification, has deep gravel soil. Thanks to its unique terroir, Cantemerle produces complex, well-balanced, and refined wines.
After belonging to the Villeneuve (1579-189z) and Dubos (189z-1980) families, the chateau was acquired in 1981 by Groupe SMA, a large mutual
insurance company in the construction and civil engineering sector. The estate’s long history is reflected in the chateau’s distinctive architecture and the magnificent grounds that surround it. Cantemerle exudes romantic charm and its wine has a magical feel to it!
THE CANTEMERLE STYLE
This unique soil and microclimate are reflected in the wine’s personality. Cantemerle has a brilliant colour, a powerful bouquet, and a soft, lively flavour. It is rare to find such refined fruitiness. This great wine can be enjoyed young, when it is charming, fruity, and marked by a vanilla taste which comes from well-integrated oak.
This makes Cantemerle an ideal choice for the modern wine drinker who likes fresh tannins. However, it can also age extremely well. Fine, old vintages have impeccable class, with incomparable flavours of sheer elegance. Cantemerle therefore belongs to that rare category of the world’s wines which can not only age, but also improve over several decades.
92 ha under production
Silica and gravel soils of the quaternary era
60% Cabernet Sauvignon – 30% Merlot – 4% Petit Verdot – 6% Cabernet Franc
Average age of vines : 30 years
Vine density : 8300 plants per hectare
Culture And Harvest
Pruning : Médoc double Guyot
Deleafing: face to face after flowering (berry set)
Grape thinning is done when the grapes are filling out
Green harvest occurs after changing of color (veraison)
Handpicked harvest with selective sorting in the vineyard
Vinification And Ageing
The grapes are hand-sorted before crushing
Fermentation: 6-8 days at 26 -28°C
Maceration: 28 -30 days
Ageing for 12 months in french oak barrels(medium toast) which 40% are new
An ultra light fining is done prior to bottling
400 000 bottles
Les Allées de Cantemerle