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Clos Cantenac Petit Cantenac Saint-Émilion Grand Cru

Clos Cantenac
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750 mL
Wine Type
Red Still Wine
RegionBordeaux
Alcohol Level
Country
France
SubregionSaint-Émilion Grand Cru
Drinking Window
GrapesCabernet FrancMerlotCabernet Sauvignon
Wine Description:
Clos Cantenac Petit Cantenac Saint-Émilion Grand Cru is a distinguished red wine crafted by a meticulous winemaking approach. Produced by Clos Cantenac, this Saint-Émilion Grand Cru is a blend dominated by Merlot, complemented by Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon. The vineyard employs a hands-on harvesting method, picking each grape with care. The winemaking process includes a cold maceration to enhance fruit aromas, alcoholic fermentation with regular pumping over, and an extended post-fermentation maceration due to the exceptional quality of the fruit. Malolactic fermentation occurs in stainless steel and oak barrels, followed by aging in a combination of 40% new French oak and 60% 2nd & 3rd year barrels for 12 months. This meticulous process results in a wine known for its rich fruit character, balanced structure, and a subtle interplay of oak notes, making it a standout within the Saint-Émilion Grand Cru classification. Read more
Pros:
  • Full-bodied with a rich and velvety texture, providing a luxurious mouthfeel.
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Cons:
  • May require some additional aging to fully develop and reveal its true potential.
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User Rating:

4.1
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Expert Rating:

4.0

Wine Expert Note:

Clos Cantenac Petit Cantenac Saint-Émilion Grand Cru is an exceptional wine that showcases the elegance and complexity of the Saint-Émilion. On the nose, you can expect a bouquet of ripe dark fruits, such as blackberries and plums, intertwined with subtle hints of cedar and tobacco. These aromas are further enhanced by delicate floral notes, adding a touch of finesse to the overall profile. The palate is rich and velvety, with a harmonious balance between the fruit and oak influences. The ripe fruit flavors continue to shine, accompanied by layers of spice, dark chocolate, and a touch of earthiness. The tannins are well-integrated, providing structure and a lingering finish that leaves a lasting impression. Clos Cantenac Petit Cantenac Saint-Émilion Grand Cru is a wine that can be enjoyed now, but it also has the potential to age gracefully. It pairs beautifully with grilled meats, hearty stews, and aged cheeses. Read more
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The alcohol level in wine is a measure of the amount of alcohol present in the beverage. The degree of heat or ‘burn’ at the back of the throat is roughly proportional to the amount of alcohol consumed. It ranges from Very Low to Very High.
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Wine intensity is a measure of the concentration of flavor and aroma compounds in a wine.The stronger and more noticeable the flavors and aromas are, the higher the intensity of the wine. Intensity in wine can range from neutral (not particularly intense) to pronounced (high intensity).
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Wine body refers to the weight and texture of wine on the palate. In other words, it is the degree of body a wine has, ranging from light-bodied to full-bodied. Wines with higher body appear to have a thicker texture and can sometimes coat the palate.
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Wine acidity refers to the tartness of a wine, which gives a tingling sensation on the side of the tongue. A metallic-like sharp taste is also associated with high acidity. Sometimes a high level of sweetness, such as in luscious dessert wines, can disguise a high level of acidity. Acidity can range from soft to searing.
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Wine tannin gives wine its textural mouthfeel and astringency. Tannin is a natural compound found in grape skins, seeds, and stems. It contributes to the structure and helps to balance out the sweetness of the fruit. Tannins are usually discussed when it comes to red wines, even though some white and rosé wines with certain wine making techniques can also contain tannins.
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