Chateau Cantemerle, Haut-Medoc 5eme cru classe, 1983

 

Chateau Cantemerle, Haut-Medoc 5eme cru classe, 1983

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Historically the last Chateau to make the classification of 1855, and in exceptional circumstances well after the fact, thanks to its then owner Madame Villeneuve who would not take no for an answer, her status secured through pure persistence, the Chateau was finally added to the classification, in a clearly different script and hand than all others before it.

Originally around 90 hectares in 1855 which it has now returned to in most recent decades, Cantemerle is located in the southern part of the Medoc peninsula near the villages of Macau and Ludon, its soils mostly made up of gravel and sand with very high density plantings.

1983 was an abundant vintage with good cropping and growing conditions after a poor start, Cantemerle in this year was full and robust, predominantly Cabernet as always with mostly Merlot and Franc to round out the blend.

Recieved in their original timber case these bottles have excellent labels and fill levels in the very high shoulder.