2008 Ch. Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc

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Cantemerle and La Lagune are the first of the Grand Cru Classés that you see as you drive north from Bordeaux. The soil here is a little lighter (sandier) than further north in the Medoc, and Cantemerle's wines reflect this in their fluid, supple style. Rarely do they make a blockbuster here (the '89 and '09 are exceptions) but the 2008 is a benchmark Cantemerle - the nose is perfumed with violets and a touch of allspice, and the palate is beautifully balanced and enticingly fresh. Cellar for two years and drink until 2018. Philip Moulin, Berrys' Private Account Manager