1995 Chateau Cantemerle
By Chateau Cantemerle
1995 Chateau Cantemerle from Chateau Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux
The 1995 vintage from the renowned Chateau Cantemerle exudes a charm that could only emerge from a Haut-Médoc estate of such repute. With two decades of bottle age behind it, this vintage has reached a stage where its elegance and complexity are presented on a platform of stately maturity.
A Vintage Arrayed with Elegance
One finds it quite compelling to observe how the climatic conditions of '95 bestowed upon the Bordeaux region a year of immense promise, resulting in wines that were destined for greatness. The 1995 Chateau Cantemerle is no exception; it flaunts the equilibrium and structure that savvy fine wine investors covet. Its composition—a blend primarily of Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot, augmented by touches of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot—unveils itself in a mosaic of mature tannins and harmonious dark fruit.
Mature yet Magnificent: An Ode to Time's Craftsmanship
The bouquet offers an alluring dance between tertiary aromas and preserved fruit characters. Notes of truffle, cigar box, and forest floor intermingle with remnants of cassis and dried cherry, creating a scent profile that is as intricate as it is invigorating. On the palate, this 1995 Chateau Cantemerle displays an admirable gravity; it carries itself with a full-bodied richness, yet never strays into undue weightiness thanks to the acutely pronounced acidity that has weathered the years with grace.
In keeping with those attributes prized by both enthusiasts and investors, this wine is a fine example of evolutionary triumph—impeccably balanced with an enduring finish that serves as a testament to its pedigree and careful cellaring potential.
Now at the zenith of its drinking window, the 1995 vintage holds a particular allure for those looking to expand their collection with a storied Haut-Médoc offering. It is one of those rare wines that rises to meet the connoisseur's expectations, melding historical allure with present-day pleasure.
In Summary: A Testament to Terroir
In summation, this particular vintage showcases how time can coax forth the latent subtleties embedded within robust Bordeaux varietals—and in doing so, affirms Chateau Cantemerle’s command over their craft. It stands as a distinguished investment piece for collectors seeking to include an emblematic Haut-Médoc wine within their portfolio. The 1995 Chateau Cantemerle encapsulates not just the essence of its birth year but also exemplifies the timeless virtue that makes Bordeaux wines endlessly captivating.
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Scores and tasting notes
The 1995 does not possess the depth of the 1996, and reveals a more evolved medium ruby color that is already lightening at the edge. Peppery, herb-tinged red currant fruit aromas are pleasant, but uninspiring. This medium-bodied, straightforward wine lacks the depth, dimension, and power of a top-flight classified growth. It will be at its best between 2001-2010.
Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 22 February 1998