1998 Chateau Cantemerle
By Chateau Cantemerle
1998 Chateau Cantemerle from Chateau Cantemerle, Haut-Medoc, Bordeaux
The enigmatic 1998 Chateau Cantemerle from the storied Chateau Cantemerle estate heralds from a year that Bordeaux aficionados approach with respect and anticipation. This vintage showcases the finesse and resilience of the Haut-Medoc terroir amidst the challenges of an initially damp vintage, which led to a renaissance of character in its later months. My esteemed journey with the wines from this remarkable chateau stretches back decades, yet each tasting of their 1998 offering remains distinctively rousing.
Legacy Upheld Through Nature's Caprice
While the year began with unfavourable wetness that seemed to promise a difficult harvest, nature's own clemency prevailed with the arrival of a scorchingly dry summer that allowed for splendid ripening of grapes. This climatic prodigy worked wonders on the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes that make up the soul of this wine, thus enabling them to express a character unanticipated at the start of their grow season.
A Testament to Adversity Overcome
The 1998 Chateau Cantemerle exhibits bouquets interwoven with blackberry and plums, complemented by an earthy undertone – a hallmark of its Medoc heritage. A complex palate unravels flavours steeped in cassis and tobacco, while judicious wood ageing imprints a subtle cedar nuance. On the palate, it presents structured tannins that have mellowed exquisitely over time, leading into a remarkably persistent finish—the virtues of which exemplify this vintage's merit for fine wine investment.
As a critic and advisor on viticultural legacies, I must commend the 1998 Chateau Cantemerle for not just surviving but thriving over two decades, proving its capacity for elegance given grace by time. Investment in such a vintage is undeniably astute for connoisseurs seeking depth, complexity and resilience encapsulated within their collections.
A Vintage Worthy of Reverence
In essence, the 1998 Chateau Cantemerle is nothing short of regal - an outcome one might equate more to providence than to human craft. With each taste, one recounts not only the narrative of a growing season surmounted by exceptional late-summer weather but also the time-honoured expertise of one of Haut-Medoc’s treasured estates. For investors and collectors alike, securing vintages like these is akin to capturing a piece of winemaking history; rich with stories and ready for future tales when uncorked.
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Scores and tasting notes
Dark ruby-colored with a purple edge, this slightly herbaceous, medium-bodied, light-styled 1998 offers attractive aromas and flavors, but it lacks depth and length. Drink it over the next 7-10 years.
Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 22 April 2001