2010 Chateau Cantemerle

"Excellent fruit, in a Margaret River sort of mode. Tannins are high, as is acid. As reliable as ever. Drink from 2014 to 2026. (RH)" (11/12) - 17 out of 20 Points, Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages. Wine: "The 2010 vintage brought out all the best in Cantemerle's terroir. A deep color sets the tone for this wine: complex, concentrated and long in the mouth, with a finish which just doesn't finish, leaving an impression of great aromatic richness. The wine's dense structure is masterfully controlled, showing elegance without heaviness, and a liveliness highlighting its freshness. Swirling brings the wine alive in the glass, with aromas of spice, tobacco, black currant and plums. This is Cantemerle's natural character, with the added richness a great vintage brings." "This unique soil and microclimat are reflected in the wine's personality. Cantemerle has a brilliant colour, a powerful bouquet, and a soft, lively flavour. It is rare to find such refined fruitiness. This great wine can be enjoyed young, when it is charming, fruity, and marked by a vanilla taste which comes from well-integrated oak." "This makes Cantemerle an ideal choice for the modern wine drinker who likes fresh tannins. 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." - Winery [+]