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2020 Chateau Cantemerle

By Chateau Cantemerle

2020 Chateau Cantemerle from Chateau Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux

The 2020 vintage from Chateau Cantemerle holds a special significance within the canon of Bordeaux vintages. As one navigates the complexities and nuances of this notable estate's output, the 2020 Chateau Cantemerle stands out with the poise and vibrancy one has come to expect from a chateau steadfast in quality.


Resilience and Elegance: A Vintage Earned

In a year marked by global upheaval, Chateau Cantemerle's 2020 offering is an emblem of resilience. With a growing season that contended with nature's trials, including periods of dampness followed by a saving grace of ample sunshine, this wine exhibits a hard-earned grace. The diligence of the vignerons is palpable in the vintage’s pedigree.


A Snapshot of Terroir and Time

Underneath the surface, the 2020 Chateau Cantemerle uncovers layers of complexity grounded in Haut-Médoc’s distinguished terroir. In this vintage, the lasting impressions are of refined tannins enlaced with a tapestry of blackcurrant and subtle oak nuances. The tannic structure has an assertive yet polished persona—an indication of the wine's promising cellar potential.

The interplay between meticulous fruit selection and deft barrel integration sings through with hints of graphite and dark cherry—a harmonious duet that pays homage to an extraordinary harvest amidst challenges. This is where the winemaker's craftsmanship triumphs, capturing an encapsulation of time that investors and connoisseurs alike should take note of.


Investment Potential Wrapped in Aromatic Sophistication

In conclusion, the 2020 Chateau Cantemerle from Chateau Cantemerle captures an essence unique to its vintage—a vintage shaped by adversity and testament to the tenacity of both vine and viticulturist. It offers investors an opportunity to lay down a wine poised for maturation; its architectural integrity suggests an auspicious future. For those seeking to diversify their portfolios with vintages bearing ‘a story per bottle’, this particular cru from Haut-Médoc is certainly one not to be overlooked.

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Deep purple-black in color, the 2020 Cantemerle reveals a great intensity and purity of blackcurrant cordial, stewed plums and black raspberry scents, plus hints of dried Provence herbs, Indian spices and woodsmoke. The medium-bodied palate delivers approachable chewy tannins and just enough freshness to support the savory-laced black fruit flavors, finishing with an herbal lift.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 20 May 2021

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