Haut-Médoc is a sub-region of Bordeaux. Not traditionally a wine making area, the region was originally comprised of salt marshes used for animal grazing; it was not until an ambitious draining project undertaken by the Dutch in the 17th century that Haut-Médoc became a usable wine area. The region is home to all but one of the original 61 Grand Cru Classé Châteaux as classified in the 1855 Bordeaux classification, including Château Cantermerle.
50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 9% Cabernet Franc.
Grapes are destemmed and hand-sorted before crushing. Fermentation at controlled temperatures takes place for 6-8 days and maceration 28-30 days. The wine is aged for 12 months in French oak barrels (50% new).
Drink now or keep for the next 5 years.
The Château has a very long history, with evidence of the Cantermerle family dating back to twelfth century manuscripts from the La Sauve Majeur Abbey. By the 20th century, after ownership under a succession of families the estate fell on hard times. It took an ambitious renovation project invested by the insurance company SMABTP Group - the first of its kind to acquire a Bordeaux vineyard - to get the Château returning to its former glory.
By 1987, 7 years after SMABTP took over, the extent of vineyards increased three-fold to 60 hectares and by 1999 - 144 years after the prestigious Grand Cru Classé classification - the acquisition of 20 hectares of vineyard in Ludon saw the estate restored to its original size of 90 hectares. Since the release of the 2005 vintage you really see the investment made in this period coming through in the bottle.
This classic claret deserves to be paired with fine cuts of red meat – such as a rack of lamb, Sirloin or rib of beef, or loin of venison.
In the press
"A beautiful wine of elegance and intensity, this medium bodied, dark plum/purple hued 2007 possesses a floral infused bouquet, sweet, plush, red and black fruit flavors and an endearing silky texture." 90pts- Robert Parker - Wine Advocate - April 2010
Highly Recommended Wine: "Good deep colour, attractive fragrant fruit, quite fully and nicely ripe on attack"- Decanter Magazine