2000 Chateau Cantemerle
By Chateau Cantemerle
2000 Chateau Cantemerle from Chateau Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux
The turn of the millennium heralded a remarkable series for the Bordeaux region, and among its luminaries stands the 2000 Chateau Cantemerle from Chateau Cantemerle. This quintessential Haut-Médoc is characterised by an assemblage that has reached an impeccable harmony over two decades.
Intricacies of Terroir: The 2000 Alchemy
The 2000 vintage was a beacon of optimal vineyard conditions, with the Haut-Médoc reaping the rewards of climate and careful cultivation. The season's mixed bag – a tranquil spring, followed by a dry but not excessively hot summer – delivered grapes at their most expressive. The Bordeaux soil's remarkable drainage capabilities ensured the finest expression of both Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, but it's the adept hands at Chateau Cantemerle that sculpted them into their laudable form.
Consummate Evolution: A Palate's Journey
Immediately upon decanting, the 2000 Chateau Cantemerle announces its presence with a deep ruby hue and an inviting bouquet teeming with ripe blackcurrants, tobacco and traces of cedar wood. On the palate, its age reveals a cherished complexity – silky tannins dance amidst a mature profile of dark fruits, subtle leather and a whisper of earthiness that speaks to its meticulous aging process.
For fine wine investors, this vintage epitomises the investment-worthy stability of Haut-Médoc wines. Its prodigious evolution in bottle not only allures enthusiasts but underscores the potential for sustained desirability in the market.
A Truly Commendable Vintage
The 2000 Chateau Cantemerle is an exemplar, now in a plateau of optimal drinkability yet promising gracefulness for years to come. One sips history in every glass – it is a timepiece capturing the essence of a splendid Bordeaux vintage and the timeless artistry of Chateau Cantemerle.
A discerning addition to any connoisseur's collection or investor's portfolio, this sophisticated Haut-Médoc speaks volumes of its storied origin and climatic providence. As each bottle unfurls its chapter with every uncorked tasting, it remains eloquently emblematic of why Bordeaux continues to reign in realms both epicurean and economic.
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Scores and tasting notes
This fully mature, elegant 2000 tails off slightly in the finish. Notes of forest floor, bay leaf, licorice, red currants, and cranberries are offered in a Burgundian-like, fresh, vibrant format. The tannins have melted away in this medium-bodied, finesse-styled effort. Consume it over the next 7-8 years.
Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 28 June 2010