Château Cantemerle 2018 - Cru-Classé d'A.O.C Haut-Médoc
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Wine Enthusiast
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Wine Spectator
Score de James Suckling
James Suckling
Score de The Wine Insider
Jeff Leve

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2018 Cantemerle leaps from the glass with scents of Morello cherries, raspberry pie, fruitcake and prunes, plus hints of potpourri and unsmoked cigars. The medium-bodied palate is chewy and a little tart, featuring some otherwise pleasant fruitcake flavors, finishing just a little drying and rustic.
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A well-constructed wine that is ripe with black fruits and integrated tannins, this is in a good place for aging. Black-currant fruitiness is balanced by a dry, smoky core that holds promise. Drink this wine from 2026.
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A vanilla note frames a mix of warmed plum and cassis flavors, while a nice touch of dark earth infuses the finish. Open-knit and ready-to-go, too. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2023. 22,166 cases made.
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A rich and layered young with a solid center palate of ripe fruit and coated with ripe and polished tannins. Tightly wound ball now. Pretty texture and length to this.
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The mix of flowers, tobacco, and spicy red fruits on the nose deserves the attention it receives. On the palate, the wine is softly-textured, medium-bodied and forward, with a light, fresh, bright, red berry character that will drink relatively well on release.
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In the Middle Ages, the castle Cantemerle was part of the line of fortifications that defended the banks of the Medoc, about a kilometer from the current castle. The oldest known manuscript attesting to the existence of the Lords of Cantemerle dates from 1147. It is the famous "Grand Cartulaire" of the Abbey of the Sauve Majeure. This manuscript was used to record all transactions made by the monastic community. In 1147, this abbey received several lands donated by Sir Arnaud de Blanquefort, on the eve of his departure on a crusade. This donation is made in the presence of Pons de Cantemerle.

The first traces of wine production on the estate were found as early as 1354: the Lord of Cantemerle paid tithing with a barrel of clairet.

Château Cantemerle today

There are milestones in the life of a wine. The combination of the aging of the vineyard and the evolution of its management is probably a major turning point in the history of Cantemerle. Today, the property is more than ever in the sporting competition in which the Grands Cru Classés of the Médoc are engaged in favor of quality. Its rank will always depend on the intrinsic qualities of its terroir and their perception by the amateur through the wines it produces each year. The desire to always do better humans who accompany it every day and at all levels remains very strong at the end of this decade.

In the cellars

Arranged around a majestic courtyard, their beautiful neoclassical architecture testifies with greatness of esteem that the successive owners of Cantemerle have always brought to wine. These beautiful buildings, in perfect harmony with the whole area, are technically at the forefront of progress. They house three thermo-regulated vats with a total capacity of 8000 hl: a 3400 hl wood vat for old vines, a 2200 hl stainless steel vat destined mainly for young vines and a 2400 hl cement vat used for assemblies. The adjoining cellars, all air-conditioned, contain 2000 barrels.

Technical sheet

  • The producer
    Château Cantemerle
  • Type of wine
    Fifth Classified Growth
  • Appellation
  • Superficy
    87 hectares
  • Age of the vines
    35 years
  • Harvests
    100% hand harvested
  • Barrels
    40% of new barrels
  • When should you drink it?
    Drink between 2025 and 2038
  • Wine apogee
  • How is it now?
    Too young, should age more
  • Service temperature

The vineyard

This Red wine (Classified Growth) from Haut-Médoc is made with a vineyard that has an area of 87 hectares by Château Cantemerle. The average age of the vines is 35 years. The harvest for this wine are 100% hand harvested.

Into the cellars

This wine has remained 12 months in Oak barrels. For this wine, the estate has made the choice to incorporate 40% of new barrels.


The clearing and enhancement of the Médoc only dates from the 16th and 17th centuries. The wines of this region are quickly known and their fame crosses borders.The appellation is recognized by the decree of November 14, 1936, updated in December 2011.
The soils are mainly composed of gravels, that is to say a mixture of gravels and sands, with nuances given the extent of the appellation area and the presence of a clay-limestone subsoil outcropping very marginally.