1989 Cantemerle 1.5L

France - Bordeaux - Haut Medoc | Fifth Growth/ Red / Bordeaux Blend   |     Watch

WS 95   WA 91   Collector 93
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

Huge wine. Dark ruby-colored. Intense aromas of ripe fruit and game. Full-bodied and compacted, with masses of tannins and fruit, yet still closed and not giving much on the palate. Give this brute time. Best Cantemerle ever?--1989 Bordeaux horizontal.

Drink Dates: 2004+
Author: James Suckling

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 91

I believe the 1989 Cantemerle is this estate's finest wine since their monumental 1953. This ruby/purple wine has an explosive bouquet of crushed blackberry fruit and violets, an opulent, lush texture bolstered by good alcohol levels and soft tannins.

Drink Dates: 1994-2010
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 85

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Author: Gregg F
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 06/22/2009
outstanding mature and balanced.

Rating: 95
Author: botro
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 01/21/2012
Drink Dates: 1995-2018
This wine is doing quite well though at its peak or slightly past. Some of the tannins seemed to have mellowed allowing the fresh bright fruit to be quite prominent. Bright but yet dark color slightly thin at edges (as expected). Aromas of fruit and earth and flavors that are similar with medium plus body and quite smooth finish. Slightly past peak as the tannins have really mellowed but remarkable amount of fruit remains. Will likely stay at this levels for years to come.

Rating: 92
Author: hedben
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 05/21/2012
Drink Dates: 2011
as previous good value typical medoc

Rating: 92
Author: BordeauxKassett
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 03/20/2011
Drink Dates: 2011-2011
Magnificent! Drink now!

Average rating: 93, based on 6 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

13 bottles owned by 7 collectors.

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About This Producer

Chateau Cantemerle is an Haut-Medoc property situated along the Route des Chateaux, just north of Bordeaux. It is classified as a 5eme Cru Classe. The history of the estate goes back to the 14th century, when it belonged to the powerful lords of Blanquefort. It has gone through many changes of ownership since that time. The vineyards include Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The wine is widely considered an excellent value that could be upgraded to a Third Growth. The annual production for Cantemerle is 25,000 cases and 12,500 for its second wine, Les Allees des Cantemerle.

See other similar producers: Chateau Pontet Canet, Chateau Clerc-Milon, Chateau Beychevelle

Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend

Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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