20% of the vineyards (those furthest from the estuary) had frost damage so there is 20% less wine than in a normal vintage - but the same as in 2005 and 2011. The blend is 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot with the Cabernet Franc eliminated. Cedar and cassis on the nose here with a little wood smoke. The palate is midweight with fresh black fruits and a little red cherry framed by firm tannins. At the moment this is a little austere, and needs to build some flesh on its bones, but the fruit is ripe, cool and pure.
|Score: 14.5||Farr Vintners, April 2018|
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. Drink 2021-2032.
|Score: 88/90||Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2018|
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.
|Score: 93/94||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2018|
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.
|Score: 89/91||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (236), April 2018|
Deep crimson. Sweet plum and vanilla on the nose. Like cherry ice cream. Balanced but without great depth. Tannins are well handled for the fruit weight – light and dry.
|Score: 15.5||Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2018|
Firm fresh black fruits the nose is tight the start of the palate light and bright. More depth in the middle the fruit sweet and ripe rich at the back with freshness brightening the finish. Drink 2023-2032.
|Score: 86/89||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, May 2018|
This is a very attractive wine that has been carefully extracted in this vintage. It has a damson fruit expression with real elegance and restrained power, followed by a dusting of cocoa powder and cinnamon (more evident on the second tasting). A little shorter than in 2016, but full of elegance and fine tannins.
Drinking Window 2022 - 2038
|Score: 92||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2018|
The fruit on the nose and palate is delicious with both red and black highlights. It is a slightly lighter wine than I am used to from Cantemerle but this is not a problem because all of the flavours and elements are in harmony. The texture is silky and the finish is coarse and challenging, suggesting a medium-term life ahead. This is a good wine!
|Score: 17+||Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2018|