Cantemerle soil is a mixture of silica and gravel. The gravels, which appeared as a result of thousand-year-old erosion of the Pyrenees by the river Garonne, form one of the fundamental elements of a quality vineyard. They form poor soils where the vines “struggle” to give rise to grapes with high concentration. Besides this, the small pebbles in the soil fulfil the role of a filter and actively contribute to grape maturity by reflecting the sun’s rays and, during the night, retaining the heat soaked up in the day.
Chateau Cantemerle Haut-Medoc 2016 is easily one of their best ever wines, totally living up to its fifth growth billing. Lovely and juicy with excellent tension, really walking that line. Menthol, cassis and cedar are framed by well-wrought tannins that bring the whole thing together and lead onto a juicy finish. The blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot is aged in 40% new oak for 12 months, followed by a further four months in vats before bottling.