The 2016 Cantemerle has a fresh bouquet of airy, floral black fruit; light violet scents emerge with time. The sorbet-fresh palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, and blood orange mingles with supple red fruit toward the graphite-infused finish. Delicious, classic and probably destined to age with class. Maybe a great value to boot? Drink 2022-2045
|Score: 91||Neal Martin, vinous.com (Jan 2019), January 2019|
The 2016 Cantemerle has a tightly wound bouquet and it never quite delivers the detail and mineralité that some of its peers have produced in this vintage. There are attractive undergrowth scents and a touch of tobacco, but it does not leap from the glass with joy. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, good depth of fruit, blackberry laced with cedar and graphite. One sample was missed a little precision, however, a second and third demonstrated much more precision and tension. My score reflects this. Drink 2020 - 2030.
|Score: 90/92||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017|
Medium garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Cantemerle offers up warm plums, black cherries and mulberries with an earth and bay leaves undercurrent. The palate is medium-bodied with just enough fruit and pleasantly chewy tannins, finishing with an herbal lift. 2019 - 2028
|Score: 89||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Interim No), November 2018|
Plenty of menthol, blackberry and blackcurrant aromas in this elegant, medium-weight Haut-Médoc that’s got as much freshness as ripeness and a long, clean, mineral and herbal finish. An incredibly food-flexible wine! Drink or hold.
|Score: 94||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2019|
Dense and chewy already with plenty of ripe tannins and bright fruit. Vivid acidity. Full body, a firm and silky texture and a flavorful finish. Lots going on. Excellent follow-up to the great 2015!
|Score: 94/95||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2017|
The 2016 Cantemerle has developed beautifully with élevage. Pliant, silky and exceptionally balanced, the 2016 has the pedigree and complexity to allow for a number of years of very fine drinking. Moreover, the 2016 delivers serious flavor intensity without being at all heavy. Smoke, iron and cedar add character to a Haut-Médoc that has a lot to offer. Drink 2018-2036.
|Score: 92||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, January 2019|
The 2016 Cantemerle comes across as raw and not fully put together. Even so, the wine possesses superb richness, volume and depth. Iron, smoke, raspberry jam and succulent cherry notes are all pushed forward. Plush and racy, with striking depth, this succulent, expressive Haut-Médoc is built for pleasure. Tasted two times.
|Score: 89/92||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2017|
Tasted blind. Almost jammy it’s so rich on the nose! Very dry finish. A bit austere.
Drink 2024 – 2030
|Score: 16||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2020|
Quite pungent with treacly notes on the nose. Fairly light and soulless - not to say a little fruitless. Green notes on the end.
|Score: 15.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017|
A popular Classed Growth Château from the southern Médoc, situated just below the village of Margaux, near to La Lagune. Cantemerle always provides reliable quality and value for money. The wines are never heavy or jammy. Good traditional claret that is usually sold at a modest price and with quality on the rise in recent vintages. Deep ruby in the class with a superbly fragrant, attractive nose of fresh blackcurrant, violets, roses and a little toast and vanilla too. The palate is smooth despite the level of tannin with superb levels of integration and freshness. Harmonious black and blue fruits are lifted by acidity and layered with toast and incense from high quality, integrate oak. The finish is long, pure and precise. This is a superb effort from the Chateau, and doubtless the best they have made since the outstanding 2010. Well worth a look for drinkers looking to add great value for money to their cellar from the 2016 vintage.
|Score: 16+||Farr Vintners, April 2017|
The 2016 Château Cantemerle is a solid effort, yielding ample mulberry and black cherry fruit intermixed with notions of tobacco, cedarwood, and spring flowers. It’s not a blockbuster but has a perfumed, complex, medium-bodied style that’s a joy to drink. Enjoy it over the coming 10-15 years. 2019 - 2034.
|Score: 88||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, February 2019|
Rich fruit on the nose the palate has depth of flavour a mix of black fruits. The ripe sweet fruit is underpinned by freshness bright vibrant slightly lighter at the back the finish though has depth rich concentrated fruit. 2026-36
|Score: 88/91||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2017|
Lovers of good value claret should flock towards this lovely red blend in 2016. Fresh, sappy and grassy, it’s a wine that’s all about texture and fruit flavour rather than oak and tannin. Elegant, subtle and effortlessly complex. 2020-28
|Score: 91||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2017|
For me this is easily one of their best ever wines, totally living up to its fifth growth billing. Lovely and juicy with excellent tension, really walking that line. Menthol, cassis and cedar are framed by well-wrought tannins that bring the whole thing together and lead onto a juicy finish. The blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot is aged in 40% new oak for 12 months, followed by a further four months in vats before bottling.
Drinking Window 2027 - 2040
|Score: 93||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2017|