Robert Parker 92
The 2006 Cantemerle was the "surprise package" of the blind tasting at Farr Vintners’ horizontal. It has a conservative nose with rosemary and undergrowth scents that open nicely in the glass, but retain a sense of classicism. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, lightly spiced red berry fruit, sage and white pepper, quite persistent on the finish, which feels very pure. What an outstanding 2006 Claret – a Cantemerle that punches well above its weight. Tasted April 2016.
Anticipated maturity: 2016-2030
Deep red. Pure aromas of blackberry, violet and licorice, lifted by minty and herbal nuances. Juicy and energetic in the mouth, with spices and a light herbal quality contributing to the impression of lift and definition. Finishes with dusty tannins that seem a bit less gritty than they appeared to be a year ago from barrel.
Tasted blind. Dark ruby. Heady nose and on the cusp of overripeness but I think in this case it just about makes it to fresh enough. Round and rather exotic. But just a bit overdone. GV
Anticipated maturity: 2015-2027