Chateau Cantenac 2010
Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
This wine is seductive with a medium to intense color. Its nose expresses aromas of black and red ripe fruits, fine oak and spices. The mouth is round, medium to full bodied, tasty with fine spices and structured by noble tannins. A long, balanced and aromatic finish.
James Suckling - "The purity of fruit in this young red is impressive with blueberry and violet aromas. Full body, with an intense center palate of beautiful fruit. Long finish with hints of licorice and berries. Really excellent from here. Try after 2018."
Chateau Cantenac Winery
Nicole Roskam-Brunot manages, with her family, the estate of Château Cantenac (St-Emilion Grand Cru) located in the South of the appellation. For over 70 years the family has produced elegant, fleshy expressions of St Emilion from its sandy-gravelly terroir.
Since the 2005 vintage, the family has also taken over a 13-hectare property located in the Listrac-Médoc AOC, between Margaux and St Julien, Château La Lauzette Declerq (Cru Bouregois). View all Chateau Cantenac Wines
About St-Emilion(saint eh-meel-YOHN)
A region named after the charming, quaint historical town in Bordeaux, St-Émilion is situated on the right bank of Bordeaux. It's grapes of choice are Merlot and Cabernet Franc (called Bouchet on the right bank). The region has its own classification system, updated and revised every few years. Two of the hottest chateaux of the area (and the only Premier Grand Cru Classé A) are Chateau Ausone and Chateau Cheval Blanc.
St.-Émilion produces the most wine on the right bank of Bordeaux. As most of its wine is based primarily on Merlot, St-Emilion wines are described as having finesse and elegance. The best wine of the region can last upward of 10-20 years, like a good left-banker, but many find that the wines here matuer earlier than those based on Cabernet Sauvignon. The soils in the area differ greatly, from gravel to limestone to clay and sand. As a result, the wines of this region are diverse. Quality wines display silky tannins and ripe, soft fruit – the higher quality wine showing full-bodied texture and layers of complexity.
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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