Chateau Chantemerle, Cru Bourgeois Medoc 2012 – Silver Medal

5 out of 5 based on 1 customer rating
(1 customer review)

£13.99

Meltingly smooth Left Bank Cru Bourgeois Medoc with splendidly rounded tannins. Deliciously deep flavours of cassis (blackcurrant liqueur), juicy prunes and ripe black cherry with expressive notes of vanilla, cinnamon, cocoa and cedar. A lovely floral hint of peonies. Powerful yet balanced. Aromatic, opulent and silky.

60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc.

13.5% abv. 75cl.

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Chateau Chantemerle is a Cru Bourgeois from the Medoc. The Cru Bourgeois classification dates back to the 1860s and covers some impressive names. Given as a mark of quality; today the rank of Cru Bourgeois offers some seriously good wines. As a rule of thumb Cru Bourgeois sits above the rank of Bordeaux Superieur and just below that of a Grand Cru Classe. It is awarded to the vintage and not to the chateau which means that each year a chateau can lose or gain Cru Bourgeois status depending on whether the wine of that vintage makes the grade or not. Chateau Chantemerle is a consistent performer as a Cru Bourgeois and the 2012 vintage has also bagged a gold medal in the long established Concours des Grand Vins de France.

Chantemerle is a petit chateau (small estate) and belongs to the Cruchon family who have been wine makers for several generations in the northern Medoc. The little chateau sits in Gaillan en Medoc, north of Saint Estephe. The Cruchons also own Chateau Les Trois Manoirs (also a Cru Bourgeois) which neighbours Chantemerle. Under the direction of Frederic Cruchon, the Medoc’s traditions are respected and the vineyard managed meticulously.

map-vignoble-de-bordeaux-medocGaillan en Medoc lies in the heart of the Medoc (which takes it’s name from the Latin ‘in medio aquae,’ meaning ‘in the midst of the water’. The Medoc covers a tip of land between the Atlantic Ocean and the estuary of the Gironde. It is criss-crossed with small streams. Chantemerle is no exception and the vines thrive on well drained gravelly sands on limestone bedrock between two brooks. Named after the Roman Gallius, the area represents a slice through ancient history. Gallius’ Roman villa lies a stone’s throw away in Terrefort and a circle of standing stones once sat at nearby Levraut (now relocated to Bordeaux’s city park). Landowners have found bronze axes and Roman murals, coins and pottery when re-planting their vines here.

Being rich and full bodied, Chantemerle pairs very well with the rich flavours of duck and lamb. It’s good with a juicy rib eye steak or hearty beef casseroles, rabbit in mustard sauce, sausages and salamis, feathered game such as pheasant or grouse, kidney and liver.

Learn more about Crus Bourgeois on Nicks Blog:  The Crus Bourgeois – Bordeaux with a clear cut pedigree

Additional Information

Wine Region

Bordeaux – Cru Bourgeois Medoc

Grape Variety

Cabernet Based Blend, Cabernet, Merlot & Petit Verdot Blend

Vintage

2012

Claret

Claret – Yes

Organic

Organic – No

Alcohol

13.50%

Style

Full & Fruit Driven Reds

1 review for Chateau Chantemerle, Cru Bourgeois Medoc 2012 – Silver Medal

  1. 5 out of 5

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    I came across your wines recently at a show where you were presenting your wines. I was so impressed by the quality and the price of the wines, I ordered a selection of 12 different wines, both red and white, which I wanted to use as part of a party I was holding at my house over the Christmas period for 20 of my friends. Every wine was received with both amazement and surprise as to the quality and their value. Some had their real preferences such as the Chateau Chantermerle Cru Bourgeois and ‘O’ de Chateau Toutigaec but overall every wine was met with such delight. Thank you for making a difference to our party and I am sure many of our friends will soon be in touch.

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