Château Cantemerle 2000 750 ML
This fully mature, elegant 2000 tails off slightly in the finish. Notes of forest floor, bay leaf, licorice, red currants, and cranberries are offered in a Burgundian-like, fresh, vibrant format. The tannins have melted away in this medium-bodied, finesse-styled effort. Consume it over the next 7-8 years.
The origins of what we know today as Chateau Cantemerle lie in the Middle Ages, when the chateau formed one part of the Médoc's defensive line against attack. Exactly how the name Cantemerle came into existence, however, is open to debate. Various fanciful stories exist, the least incredulous of which concerns a large cannon named merle. Such armoury would not be unusual on a fortified battlement of the Middle Ages, and merle may well be derived from merlon, meaning battlement. The name itself first appears in 1147, when the presence of Pons de Cantemerle, one of the Seigneurs of Bordeaux, was recorded at the donation of land to the monks at La Sauve Majeur Abbey. Whatever the origins of the name though, by the mid-13th Century Cantemerle is an important Seigneurie in Bordeaux. A knight by the name of Pons de Cantemerle - presumably one of the descendents of the feudal lord mentioned above - was in residence in 1241, and fought on the side of the English at the Battle of Taillebourg. Despite losing, he managed to hold onto his Médoc estate.
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