2015 Clos Cantenac

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Average critic rating : 90.75 points



100% Merlot, just a day's cold soak before fermentation. 10 days' post fermentation maceration. Malo and 14 months in barrel, of which 40% new. Unnecessarily heavy bottle and deep punt. Deep crimson. There's some similarity to the Petit Cantenac in its dark earthiness, an almost dusty quality, but here the dark fruit is more evident in the aroma, deep and dark and spiced with pepper. Firm, compact, almost chalky tannins but fully ripe and rounded with a cool fresh core. Refined texture and some notes of graphite, with an unexpected succulence on the finish. Accomplished and elegant already, if not expressive. With time in the glass, that graphite quality becomes more marked but it's balanced by a light sweetness of chocolate on the finish. I think this is the best vintage of Clos Cantenac I have tasted. (JH). Apr 2016, www.JancisRobinson.com, Drink: 2020-2030



Tasting note coming soon. Apr 2016, www.TimAtkin.com


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