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Château Cantemerle Les Allées de Cantemerle Haut-Médoc

The Experience

Drink When...
Debating current affairs
Listen To...
The This Week theme tune
Think About...
The political week that was
Drink With...
Rare Welsh lamb

The Oddbins Take

This wine reminds us very much of former Conservative leader and This Week regular Michael Portillo. Though it be part of the old-guard, red (or pink or turquoise) trouser brigade, it brings a modern quality and decency to proceedings that people can admire, whatever their politics. It is generously fruity [for an Haut-Médoc] and is enjoyable young, although it has shown itself to have brilliant ageing potential. It retains a charming elegance in everything it does and is comfortably toasty on the sofa, any week.

The Vital Statistics

Country
France
Classification
AOC Haut-Médoc
Vintage
2012
Drink
Can Be Drunk Now - Will Evolve Over the Next 10 Years
Closure
Cork
Bottle Size
Regular - 750ml
13.0%
Alcohol Units
9.8

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The Style

Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon (82%), Cabernet Franc (10%), Merlot (8%)
Oak
Body
Light Full bodied
Sweetness
Dry Sweet

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Château Cantemerle Les Allées de Cantemerle Haut-Médoc 2012

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In the Middle Ages, the château of Cantemerle, seat of the jurisdiction of the same name, bordered the Garonne River and made up part of the line of fortifications that defended the banks of the Médoc region, just over half a mile from the present château.

This makes Cantemerle an ideal choice for the modern wine drinker who likes fresh tannins and wines that can be enjoyed young. However, it can also age extremely well. Fine, old vintages have impeccable class, with incomparable flavours of sheer elegance. Cantemerle therefore belongs to that rare category of the world's wines which can not only age, but also improve over several decades.

The wine ages lot by lot for 12 months in French oak barrels (medium toast), then the final blend rests in vats for another four months. An ultra-light fining is done during that period of time but no filtration occurs prior to bottling.

After harvesting, the bunches are destemmed and the grapes are hand-sorted before crushing. Fermentation takes place for six to eight days at 26-28C, with maceration: lasting 28 to 30 days. The wine is aged for 12 months in French oak barrels and vats and undergoes an ultra-light fining.

Les Allées de Cantemerle is a consistently supple and elegant wine for young drinking. It doesn’t need long aging in the cellar – it can be appreciated now for its full freshness and a delicate, pleasant fruitiness. It is a charming wine, with notes of coffee and wild flowers. The 2012 vintage was a demanding one for the winemaker, but is prized for its fine tannins, low acidity and subtle aromas.