2004 Chateau Cantemerle
By Chateau Cantemerle
2004 Chateau Cantemerle from Chateau Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux
The venerable 2004 Chateau Cantemerle from Chateau Cantemerle unveils the intrinsic harmony of the Haut-Médoc terroir following a vintage flaunting traditional Bordelaise climatic generosity. As a wine luminary ingratiating connoisseurs for multiple decades, this particular harvest encapsulates the quietude and sturdy confidence Bordeaux is renowned for, amidst a milieu of vintages often chasing the shadows of opulent giants.
Precision and Poise: The Hallmarks of a Wise Investment
Wine investors seeking a restorative pivot from the more bombastic vintages will find solace in the composed 2004 Chateau Cantemerle. This vintage signifies an attractive investment opportunity, capturing an age-worthy grace. It is a sleeper ready to be roused, with claret lovers noting its ascent on the maturity curve with keen anticipation.
The Year 2004: A Vintage of Quiet Strength
The year 2004 may have been overshadowed by its immediate predecessor, yet it conjures up wines of remarkable balance and accessibility. True to form, the 2004 Chateau Cantemerle exudes elegance alongside reassuring tannic structure. Resplendent notes of cassis and ripe cherry make their entrance without pomp, alongside whispers of pencil lead and earth that create a tapestry of nuanced complexity. Such is the finesse associated with this Château’s handling of Bordeaux varietals.
The poised fruit aspect coupled with savoury undertones stands testament to an even growing season that sidestepped the extremes yet still encapsulated all that is celebrated in Haut-Médoc's viticultural prowess.
In summary, the 2004 Chateau Cantemerle represents an insightful addition to any discerning portfolio, suggesting a maturity that sits on the cusp of perfection. The offset vintage presents an alternative profile that significant others overlooking it might regret not securing themselves. With each sip, it offers a learning experience in subtlety and refinement - qualities that underline its worthiness as both an investment vehicle and as liquid poetry waiting to be recited by the glass.
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Scores and tasting notes
Tart acids are accompanied by hints of cranberries, sweet and sour cherries, flowers, and wet rocks. Medium-bodied, vibrant, zesty, and light, this finesse-styled wine can be consumed over the next 7-10 years.
Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 28 June 2007