2005 Chateau Cantemerle
By Chateau Cantemerle
2005 Chateau Cantemerle from Chateau Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux
The mighty 2005 vintage in Bordeaux stands as a beacon of excellence, and amidst this luminescence, the 2005 Chateau Cantemerle from Chateau Cantemerle distinctly shines with its own brilliance. Through these years, I've keenly observed the evolution of this noble estate's wares, as each chapter is woven into the fulsome tapestry of Bordeaux wines.
Refined Elegance: A Vintage to Remember
Blessed by an exceptionally warm and dry August followed by a cool and temperate September, 2005 in Haut-Médoc allowed a perfect, tranquil maturation of grapes. Within this serendipitous climatic dance emerged the 2005 Chateau Cantemerle. It beholds a degree of concentration and opulence that sets it apart from many a year preceding and succeeding.
An Enthralling Oenological Portrait
The wine's robe—a deep garnet with beguiling hints of mahogany—preludes the symphony awaiting on the palate. A complex nose of cassis, cedarwood, and a whisper of truffle signals a matured character. The favouring of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot facilitated the emergence of a structured yet supple frame adorned with layers of fruit intermingled with earthy subtleties.
On sipping, the 2005 Chateau Cantemerle reveals a poised equilibrium; robust yet refined tannins are enlaced with a dark berry compote and splashes of tobacco leaves. The finish is protracted and satisfying, beckoning those patient enough to allow this vintage time in the glass to unfurl its full breadth.
A Prime Candidate for Fine Wine Investment
The prescient collector or investor beholding a bottle (or case) of 2005 Chateau Cantemerle will delight in knowing it prudently lies at the intersection of maturity and storied provenance. The vintage's laudable vitality suggests it will elegantly wade through the sands of time with grace. For those discerning enthusiasts and fine wine investors alike, this treasure from Chateau Cantemerle is poised for appreciation in both sensory appeal and market value.
In summary, the 2005 vintage finds one of its most harmonious expressions in Chateau Cantemerle’s offering—an exemplar paragon that seductively encapsulates both time and terroir.
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Scores and tasting notes
A young, slightly tannic, somewhat austere but well-made, finesse style of Médoc, the 2005 Cantemerle displays a dark ruby/purple color followed by notes of forest floor, underbrush, cedar wood, and raspberry and blackcurrant fruit. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2030.
Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 28 June 2015