Chateau Cantenac 2010

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Winemaker Notes

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.

Professional Ratings

  • 93
    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

Chateau Cantenac

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Chateau Cantenac, France
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Nicole Roskam-Brunot manages, with her family, the estate of Chateau 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, Chateau La Lauzette Declerq (Cru Bouregois).

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One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, the best of these are densely hued, fragrant, full of fruit and boast a structure that begs for cellar time. Somm Secret—Blends from Bordeaux are generally earthier compared to those from the New World, which tend to be fruit-dominant.

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St-Émilion Wine

Bordeaux, France

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Marked by its historic fortified village—perhaps the prettiest in all of Bordeaux, the St-Émilion appellation, along with its neighboring village of Pomerol, are leaders in quality on the Right Bank of Bordeaux. These Merlot-dominant red wines (complemented by various amounts of Cabernet Franc and/or Cabernet Sauvignon) remain some of the most admired and collected wines of the world.

St-Émilion has the longest history in wine production in Bordeaux—longer than the Left Bank—dating back to an 8th century monk named Saint Émilion who became a hermit in one of the many limestone caves scattered throughout the area.

Today St-Émilion is made up of hundreds of independent farmers dedicated to the same thing: growing Merlot and Cabernet Franc (and tiny amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon). While always roughly the same blend, the wines of St-Émilion vary considerably depending on the soil upon which they are grown—and the soils do vary considerably throughout the region.

The chateaux with the highest classification (Premier Grand Cru Classés) are on gravel-rich soils or steep, clay-limestone hillsides. There are only four given the highest rank, called Premier Grand Cru Classés A (Chateau Cheval Blanc, Ausone, Angélus, Pavie) and 14 are Premier Grand Cru Classés B. Much of the rest of the vineyards in the appellation are on flatter land where the soils are a mix of gravel, sand and alluvial matter.

Great wines from St-Émilion will be deep in color, and might have characteristics of blackberry liqueur, black raspberry, licorice, chocolate, grilled meat, earth or truffles. They will be bold, layered and lush.

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