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Cantemerle 2006

A balanced blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (47%) and Merlot, with a slight addition of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Like the terroir, the wine is classic in its deep ruby colour and elegant bouquet, combining mixed black fruit, sweet spices and pepper. Solid and tastes harmonious with seven years of bottle ageing—medium finish, delicate palate, stuffed, structured. Excellent value. Medium to medium-deep, ruby-red colour. There is good, fresh acidity & balanced alcohol, but the astringent tannins leave the finish very lean.

One score is 91 by GG, who wrote on the vintage, 'Beautifully dense colour. Deep, black fruit nose with delicate roasted coffee notes. Powerful palate. A full-bodied wine, still a little vigorous, should become a delicious bottle.' (edited). Awarded 2006 a 92RP, Parker et al. wrote, ' The 2006 Cantemerle was the surprise package of the blind tasting at Farr Vintners' horizontal. It has a conservative nose with rosemary and undergrowth scents that open nicely in the glass but retain a sense of classicism. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, lightly spiced red berry fruit, sage and white pepper, quite persistent on the finish, which feels very pure. What an outstanding 2006 Claret - a Cantemerle that punches well above its weight. Tasted April 2016. Drink Date 2016 - 2030'.


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