1997 Chateau Cantemerle
By Chateau Cantemerle
1997 Chateau Cantemerle from Chateau Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux
The 1997 vintage stands as a testament to the resilience and profundity of the Haut-Médoc terroir. In a year that presented Bordeaux with challenges aplenty, the 1997 Chateau Cantemerle from Chateau Cantemerle emerged as one of those wines that quietly overachieved, confounding expectations and rewarding astute collectors.
Investment Merits of an Unheralded Vintage
From an investment perspective, '97s from prestigious estates like Chateau Cantemerle present opportunities for fine-wine investors to diversify their portfolios with a wine that offers maturity at a relatively modest outlay—an often overlooked quality in the world of Bordeaux.
Complex Culmination: The 1997 Vintage Profile
The harvest of '97 saw an early onset with rapid ripening. This particularity is reflected in the 1997 Chateau Cantemerle—a distinguished effort that showcases a mature patina of savoury fruit wrapped within a tailored structure. With over two decades in bottle, it possesses a quiet confidence, its bouquet blossoming with tertiary notes that evoke notions of dried violets and leather, framed by a subtle woodiness from judiciously applied oak.
On the palate, this wine juxtaposes stewed plums and cassis with an earthy truffle underpinning that is indicative of its tenure. Yet, despite its age, there remains a remarkable freshness to the tannins—a characteristic which ensures continued evolution in the cellar and highlights the impeccable care taken during its vinification and maturation.
With wine investment becoming increasingly dynamic, incorporating vintages like the 1997 Chateau Cantemerle into one's portfolio can offer both diversification and the distinctive pleasures of aged Bordeaux—indeed, a vintage that serves as both ballast and beacon for connoisseurs of fine wine.
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Scores and tasting notes
The tasty 1997 is a light to medium-bodied, round, richly fruity wine with low acidity and little structure and tannin. Offering an attractive display of red fruits, minerals, and spice, it should drink well during its first decade of life.
Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 22 April 1999