Château Cantemerle, Grand Cru Classé en 1855, Haut-Médoc 2010 red Bordeaux, $53.99-$59.99, 95 points, appears consistently near-opaque purple red, to almost black in color, with a now familiar thin transparent surface rim.
A toasty vanilla, crushed savory herbs, and black cherry, coalesce into a subtle, but lovely aroma.
Early palate, this near full bodied red wine coats with silk, but the moderate to moderate-plus acidity quickly quickens the excitement intensified by serious tannins which are persistently dynamic, yet not uncomfortable, and bode well for a brilliant future.
Black fruit dominate, with black currant and blackberries leading the way, with floral plum, mocha and tobacco notes folding into a sleek, supple, and elegant drinkability.
The long finish extends the pleasure with an earthy pomegranate, white pepper, and cayenne.
Though I haven't tasted that many of the 2010 Bordeaux wines, however, of those available in NH, I'd say this one, not as complex as the Bellevue for example, is more focused and pleasurable, at least at this stage of their development, and though a bit pricy, is definitely worth the money (high QPR). If you buy this wine and don't like it, spank me in the comments section.
Varietals are 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Petit Verdot.
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