Location: Chateau Cantemerle,
in the commune of Macau, is the second major chateau that one passes
heading north on Bordeaux's Route du Vin. (Appellation Haut-Medoc
Controlée) 50 acres producing 8,000 cases.
Grape variety: 45%
Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot,
Franc, 5% Petit
Verdot. Average age of vines is 25 years.
Vinification and aging: Fermented
in new vats for 18 to 20 days. Matured in oak barrels, renewed yearly
by thirds. Clarified with egg whites. Stored in wood between 20
and 22 months.
History: This estate belonged
to the powerful lords of Blanquefort in the 14th century, before
being purchased in 1579 by Baron Jehan de Villeneuve. Three centuries
later, his descendants sold it to the Dubois family. In 1980, Chateau
Cantemerle was bought by the syndicate S.M.A.B.T.P. and since then
Domaines Cordier have been in charge of its technical and commercial
Considerable renovation has been carried
out including extensive new plantings and a totally new winemaking
Evaluation: Should be upgraded
to a third growth. An excellent value.
Style: In accordance with the
Cordier philosophy of winemaking, the style of Cantemerle has changed,
beginning with the 1981 vintage. the color of the wine has darkened
and the wine has taken on an extra richness and measure of fruit.
It has exquisite flavors and it is rare to find fruit flavors of
Food: Ideal with roast veal,
lamb and other red meats.