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2003 Chateau Cantemerle

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2003 Chateau Cantemerle from Chateau Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux

The 2003 vintage of Bordeaux is, without a trace of hyperbole, etched into the annals of vinous history with its sweltering summer—a challenge admirably navigated by the venerable winemakers at Chateau Cantemerle. Thus, the 2003 Chateau Cantemerle emerges as a testament to the resilience and expertise honed over centuries in Haut-Médoc.


An Exceptional Display of Vitality and Finesse

Approaching its peak magnificently, the 2003 Chateau Cantemerle exhibits a patrician elegance that belies the arduous conditions during its inception. An intense heatwave necessitated consummate skill to shield the inherent classicism of this esteemed château's terroir and convey the fruit's virtue without compromise.

The wine's bouquet unfurls with generosity, offering ripe blackcurrant and a grace note of cedar—an aromatic complexity that speaks to its pedigree. As this particular vintage graces the palate, it delivers a symphony of refined tannins that support the luscious layers of dark fruit. A hint of tobacco and moist earth complete the mosaic, imbuing the ensemble with remarkable gravitas that has evolved sublimely over time.


Rare Harmony Born from Adversity

For connoisseurs seeking both a notable investment and an emblematic sip from an extraordinary Bordeaux year, the 2003 Chateau Cantemerle stands as a paragon. This wine illustrates how, even under climatic duress, physiognomy of place—the heartbeat of terroir—can be expertly preserved and expressed.

The 2003 Chateau Cantemerle is a timely acquisition for aficionados aiming to augment their collection with a wine exuding maturity yet promising further development. It encapsulates an era in Haut-Médoc viticulture where poise overcame power and exemplifies what can be achieved through expert stewardship of the vine in one of nature's sternest tests.

In concluding contemplation, this claret offers not only a lusciousness to titillate the oenophilic palate but also serves as a buoyant reminder that from adversity often comes unexpected beauty—a cornerstone consideration for those savvy in fine wine investment.

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A spectacular nose of spring flowers, forest floor, raspberry and bluer fruits is followed by a medium-bodied wine displaying shocking elegance (a characteristic not generally associated with this big, rich vintage). This pretty 2003 has achieved full maturity and is unlikely to get any better, so drink it up.

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 27 August 2014

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