Chateau Cantemerle 2012, Haut Medoc 5th Growth

5.00 out of 5
(1 customer review)


Haut Medoc EN 1855 5th Growth Classification

Grape Variety

56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc

Tasting Notes

A deep ruby color and aromas lightly highlighting vanilla: this is the first impression. In the mouth the wine is all softness and generosity. This is a classic vintage, soft and supple, full of charm. The palate is predominated by fruit like strawberry and red currant, which evolve to subtle game flavors on the finish. This wine is characterized by an upfront purity and finesse which is already fully satisfying with a
cheese soufflé or quiche.

Critic Reviews

James Suckling: 92 Points
This red shows some cassis, blueberries and floral notes on the nose. Some tar, too. Medium to full body, juicy tannins and a fruity finish. Enticing wine. Drink now or hold.

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: 89-91 Points (Barrel Sample)
Cantemerle’s ethereal elegance and racy, classy style are unmistakable in this understated yet pretty, dark ruby-colored 2012. Offering lots of cherry, raspberry and black currant fruit, this is a wine of unmistakable finesse and delicacy.

Food Pairing

Distinguished and subtle, Cantemerle’s wine is not lacking in power. It accompanies many traditional local foods like cepes and roast poultry. Its delicate character also makes a satisfying match for finer river fish (pikeperch, char, trout) as well as shellfish like scallops and lightly sautéed crayfish tails.

With cheese, it’s best to avoid the too-salty blue types and instead choose pressed, raw-milk varieties like Reblochon, Saint Nectaire, Cantal, Ossau-lraty and Manchego. As for the ever-popular Camembert from our Normandy region, a good cider would be preferable. Finally, if the meal concludes with dessert, a very young, fruity vintage of Allées de Cantemerle goes well with a Black Chocolate Parfait or a Hazelnut Tart.

In any case, the serving temperature should not exceed 19ºC. It can even be brought to 16ºC to accompany seafood and the dessert cart.

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Chateau Cantemerle Property front view


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!

Chateau Cantemerle Property aerial view


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

Total destemming
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

Second Wine

Les Allées de Cantemerle


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  1. 5 out of 5

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