2017 Chateau Cantemerle
By Chateau Cantemerle
2017 Chateau Cantemerle from Chateau Cantemerle, Haut-Medoc, Bordeaux
The 2017 vintage in Bordeaux was a year with its fair share of climatic challenges; a testament to the resilience of vineyards and the deft craft of winemakers. The 2017 Chateau Cantemerle encapsulates this determination, presenting an assemblage remarkably reflective of its terroir under unexpected conditions.
A Testament to Terroir and Tenacity
After the frost that besieged the region in the late spring, there were initial anxieties about yield and quality. However, the fruit that prevailed through this trial by ice has shown an impressive concentration and character. The 2017 Chateau Cantemerle emerges from this adversity with a poised expression of cassis, tempered by subtle herbaceous tones and a hint of graphite—a nod to the Graves influence that typifies the Haut-Medoc region.
A Strategic Sip for Investors
In terms of investment, wines born from such vintages often bear unique tales that set them apart from their peers. And the 2017 Chateau Cantemerle is no different; it promises a narrative woven into each bottle that speaks to investors looking for a story as full-bodied as the wine itself. This vintage shows potential for maturation and complexity that could well reward patience, making it an astute addition to any diversified fine wine portfolio.
On the palate, this 2017 offering delivers a harmonious blend of blackberry and plum, supported by an atramentous backbone that suggests its longevity. Tannins are present but polished, indicating a wine that will evolve gracefully with time.
Summarising the Spirit of 2017 Chateau Cantemerle
In summary, the 2017 Chateau Cantemerle offers investors a slice of resilience and distinction within their collections. Its capacity to triumph over tribulation translates into a drinking experience ripe with intrigue and a reminder of how vintage variation imprints upon varietal character—the very hallmark that captivates collectors and connoisseurs alike.
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Scores and tasting notes
This shows a polished yet encompassing structure of solid tannins, which support flavors of mulberries and black cherries. Medium-bodied, velvety with rather chewy. Long finish.
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com
The deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Cantemerle gives up lovely crushed black and red currants notes with hints of kirsch, underbrush and cinnamon stick plus a waft of roses. Medium-bodied with plenty of freshness and a fine-grained frame, it is elegantly expressed and finishes with beautiful harmony.
Wine Advocate - Lisa Perrotti-Brown - robertparker.com
Lively, featuring a slightly crisp hint to the red currant and pomegranate fruit, with savory and iron notes. Open-knit finish.—J.M.
Wine Spectator - James Molesworth - winespectator.com
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Cantemerle is sporting a lot of oak, herbs and tilled soil over a cassis and baked plums core plus pencil lead and chargrill touches. The palate is medium-bodied, firm and grainy with nice freshness and good length.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 16 March 2020
The 2017 Cantemerle has quite a sultry bouquet with blackberry, damp earth and tobacco scents that reluctantly unfurl in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin that frame quite voluminous black dusky fruit. There is a powdery texture to this Cantemerle, quite long on the finish even if it is missing the refinement of a top vintage.
Neal Martin - Neal Martin - vinous.com - May '18