Chateau Cantegril (Futures Pre-sale) 2010
Other Dessert from Sauternes and Barsac, Bordeaux, France
The Wine Advocate - "The 2010 Chateau Cantegril has a pure nose with lifted scents of lemon curd and honey. The palate has a lively entry with racy acidity, and despite its linear finish, it exhibits admirable tension and poise, and seems to blossom with touches of brioche and vanilla with continued aeration. This is a lovely Cantegril.
Barrel Sample: 89-91 Points "
Wine Spectator - "A friendly, open-knit style, featuring tasty dried pineapple, white peach and meringue notes framed by a honeysuckle edge on the finish. Pure, with the meringue note lingering. Drink now through 2021."
Chateau Cantegril Winery
Cantegril is a 22 hectare single block enclosed vineyard situated on the calcareous plateau of Haut-Barsac. It is located on the site of an old fortified castle named after the same that was built in the Middle Ages. It belonged successively to the Duke of Epernon and the Lords of Cantegril, one of whom married a young lady of the Myrat Family and had the present-day Chateau Myrat built on a part of the Cantegril Estate.
A civil court order dated December 24, 1862, confirms that Cantegril was separated from Myrat in 1854. It was acquired by the Segur Montagne family and underwent several ownership transfers prior to becoming the property of Charles Rodberg, Belgian Consul in Bordeaux, and then of Emile Raymond. The Lhermite Mansencal family, Denis Dubourdieu's maternal great grandparents acquired Cantegril in 1924.
Although absent from the 1855 official ranking, the Chateau Cantegril is mentioned among the best Barsac growth in the various publications of 'Bordeaux et ses vins classes par ordre de merite' by Charles Cocks and Edouard Ferret (1874, 1881, 1886, 1893, 1898, 1908, 1922, 1929).
In the same family since 1924, Cantegril has been successively run by Andre Mansencal until 1978, by his son in law Pierre Dubourdieu till 2000 and currently by Denis Dubourdieu. View all Chateau Cantegril Wines
About Sauternes and Barsac(saw-TURN & BAR-sak)
The regions of Sauternes & Barsac are both located southeast of Graves, almost directly south of St-Émilion, and hug the Garonne River as it curves. Both areas are dedicated to producing sweet, white wines. The rains, the mists, the humidity and the climate, all help foster the necessary mold that leads to the unfortified, but lusciously sweet wines produced there.
Semillon is the primary grape here as it takes well to bortrytis, also known as "noble rot." Sauvignon Blanc is used in the blend to add acidity to the richer, thicker Semillon. The process for making the sweet wines of Sauternes and Barsac is long, labored and costly. Adter it has reached maximum ripeness, the Semillon grapes are left on the vine until they are infected with botrytis. This helpful mold then shrivels the grapes, concentrating the sugars but maintaining the acids. Weather is not always agreeable and berries must be picked at just the right moment, all by hand. The grapes yeild less juice than dry wines, due to their shriveled and concentrated state. Some houses, like the famed Chateau Yquem, will not make a wine in a less-than-perfect year. All these factors lead to highly prized, and often expensive, wine. However, the taste is well worth it. In the palate the wines of Sauternes & Barsac are luscious and sweet, yet with the balanced acidity to keep them from being too cloying or candied.Wines with the Sauternes AC must be sweet - dry wines are labeled under the Graves or Bordeaux AC. Barsac wines may be labeled either Barsac AC or Sauternes AC. Typically, Barsac wines are a little lighter in body and less intense than Sauternes.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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