Clos Cantenac,

Petit Cantenac St Emilion Grand Cru

Cabernet Franc,Cabernet Sauvignon,Merlot,
  • Greg Sherwood: 91
  • Jancis Robinson: 16


Bottle size: 750 ml,

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Clos Cantenac is a small but seductive 15-acre property made up of four main parcels of vines carefully planted on an exceptional “terroir” of deep gravels, sand, and clay over broken limestone situated close to the prehistoric “Megalith de Pierrefitte”. Their winemaking team works systematically on a parcel-by-parcel basis, according to the age, condition, seasonal variations, and requirements of our gently sloping, south-facing vineyards to produce Grand Cru worthy wines on the right bank.

“The wines of Clos Cantenac have a good “polish” about them and a fine sense of place.” -Steve Spurrier, Editor of Decanter Magazine

Petit Cantenac 2018 is made with fruit from older Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon vines and was picked in perfect conditions during the cool, early mornings of late September and early October.

Category: SKU: e7e23670481a
In The Cellar
Winemaking: Cold maceration (7-8°C) to develop fruit aromas. Alcoholic fermentation (25°C) for 6 days with regular pumping over. Post fermentation maceration (28/29°C) for 15/20 days due to exceptional fruit quality. Malo-lactic fermentation in stainless steel and oak barrels. Ageing: Aged in 40% New French Oak & 60% 2nd & 3rd year barrels for 12 months.

In The Vineyard
In conclusion 2018 was an unusual vintage with extraordinary amounts of winter rain followed by a humid early growing season and an exceptionally long, hot, dry summer, which finally produced perfect harvest conditions. The potential for greatness is now clear, although achieving the correct balance was also key to success but the late cold spell in early spring and continued cool nights made up for the mild winter and provided the acidity and structure needed to accommodate the intense fruit and alcohol. Ultimately, the result of an individual Estates success will be defined by the timing and delivery of their vineyard management decisions and the winemaking techniques applied.
This wine shows a medium dark red in colour and is marked by its’ beautiful and intense Cabernet character, with fresh and lush rich notes of black plums and rich notes of black figs, raspberries, figs and fine leather, with hints of ginger and spice and soft vanillary new oak. On the palate it is full bodied with firm but carefully weighted tannins on the entry, which become more defined as the wine lingers in the mouth, with dense savoury and earthy characters leading towards a supple, blackberry and plum finish that displays good restraint and poise. It is a delicious and pleasing wine with a firm satisfying freshness, quite forward in style, but with fine soft tannins and an easy aromatic evolution that spreads neatly right across the palate. It will drink well after only 2 or 3 years, but will also continue to develop nicely in the bottle. Drink 2020 to 2028.