2006 Chateau Cantemerle
By Chateau Cantemerle
2006 Chateau Cantemerle from Chateau Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux
In the lustrous tapestry of Bordeaux's offerings, the 2006 Chateau Cantemerle stands as a testament to a vintage that charmed enthusiasts with its earlier-ripening profile. Harvested from the prestigious Haut-Médoc, this wine harnesses the unique climatic accents of its year, marked by a warm summer tapered by timely showers.
Distinct Vintage Character
The 2006 Chateau Cantemerle's journey from vine to vessel encapsulates the artistry of Bordeaux winemaking amidst the blessings and whims of nature's variability. This vintage mirrors the year's moderate weather, offering an ensemble of ripe tannins and amiable acidity that underlines its investment-worthy stature.
A close examination reveals a granular narrative of dark cherry and cassis notes that cavort gracefully with hints of tobacco and truffle—a subtle nod to the Haut-Médoc terroir. The influence of the Atlantic breezes amalgamates with gravelly soil conditions to foster a refinement in structure seldom seen in hotter years.
Lustrous Longevity and Investment Merit
The true prowess of the 2006 Chateau Cantemerle unfolds in its poised ageing potential. A careful choreography between its well-crafted oak framework and dense fruit core promises a longevity that piques the interest of astute collectors. The commendable balance and quiet complexity offer a wise inclusion for any investment portfolio, seeking to mature as elegantly as the wine itself.
Though not eclipsing its more illustrious brethren, this Chateau Cantemerle is a sleeper hit that embodies grace under subtlety. It resonates with an articulate investor who values understated evolution over bombastic immediacy.
In conclusion, the 2006 Chateau Cantemerle from Chateau Cantemerle honours its Haut-Médoc legacy with unwavering poise. Its investment promise aligns with its sensorial charm, marking it as one of the insightful acquisitions from the vintage year.
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Scores and tasting notes
The 2006 Cantemerle was the "surprise package" of the blind tasting at Farr Vintners' horizontal. It has a conservative nose with rosemary and undergrowth scents that open nicely in the glass, but retain a sense of classicism. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, lightly spiced red berry fruit, sage and white pepper, quite persistent on the finish, which feels very pure. What an outstanding 2006 Claret - a Cantemerle that punches well above its weight. Tasted April 2016.
Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 29 May 2016