1996 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc SKU #110435

$59.99

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This is one of K&L's top-picks for value-of-the-vintage. Fabulous nose, rich deep flavors, value-priced considering the quality. And we weren't the only ones who liked it. Forbes raved about the 1996 bottling and explained why it's such a value: "Not a great Bordeaux name, it is nonetheless a quintessential Bordeaux wine, displaying all the characteristics that make this area so special. It is a fifth growth situated just outside the boundary of the famous Margaux commune. This is unfortunate for them as it means it is entitled to only the less prestigious Haut-Medoc appellation–but fortunate for us consumers because it doesn’t command the price it would as a Margaux while possessing many of the qualities of it’s famous neighbor. In fact it’s a quintessential claret, a polished and refined wine that has the velvety smoothness of good Bordeaux, especially Margaux, without the vanilla oakyness that many California producers use to imitate this effect. There’s a nice earthy nose followed by a plumy, opulent richness with good structure and plenty of backbone. It has more depth and complexity than you would expect in one so young, yet is almost an indulgent wine, luscious and sensual in its appeal." (05/2002)

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