2023 Petit Cantenac, St Emilion, Bordeaux

2023 Petit Cantenac, St Emilion, Bordeaux

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2023 Petit Cantenac, St Emilion, Bordeaux

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Description

Enticing floral aromatics, deepening on the palate with highly spiced latte, cocoa bean and creamy raspberry and blackberry fruits. 45hl/h yield. William Hancock from Trinity Hill was working across the estates for this vintage, helping owner-winemaker Charlotte Krajewski, and together they have crafted some delicious wines. This one is easy drinking and easy going.

Drink 2026 - 2034

Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com (April 2024)

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Jane Anson90/100

Enticing floral aromatics, deepening on the palate with highly spiced latte, cocoa bean and creamy raspberry and blackberry fruits. 45hl/h yield. William Hancock from Trinity Hill was working across the estates for this vintage, helping owner-winemaker Charlotte Krajewski, and together they have crafted some delicious wines. This one is easy drinking and easy going.

Drink 2026 - 2034

Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com (April 2024)

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Neal Martin, Vinous88-90/100

The 2023 Petit Cantenac, the second wine of Clos Cantenac, sees 40% new oak. It has a relatively light but well-defined bouquet with brambly red fruit, briar and light sous-bois aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with a lactic entry and a touch of dark chocolate mixed with espresso that complements that black fruit and grainy texture. It just loses a little precision on the finish, but otherwise, this is a fine, easygoing wine that will drink well after a couple of years in bottle.

Drink 2027 - 2034

Neal Martin, Vinous.com (April 2024)

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Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW87-89/100

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2023 Petit Cantenac leaps with ready-to-go notes of fresh blueberries and boysenberries followed by hints of menthol, black pepper, and wild sage. The medium-bodied palate is vibrant and fruity, with soft tannins and a nicely balanced finish. The blend is 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Drink 2027 - 2037

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Independnet (April 2024)

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About this WINE

Clos Cantenac

Clos Cantenac

Clos Cantenac is a 3 hectares wine property with vines planted on a combination of deep gravel, sand and clay over limestone soils.

It is situated close to the pre-historic "Megalith de Pierrefitte" in the Saint Emilion wine appellation and it was purchased in 2007 by Martin Krajewski, the owner of Chateau de Sours. The property is  is run by Krajewski on the helm  along with wine enthusiast Marcus Le Grice from New Zealand and Sebastien Lamothe, Oenologist and Technical Director of Chateau de Sours.

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St Émilion

St Émilion

St Émilion is one of Bordeaux's largest producing appellations, producing more wine than Listrac, Moulis, St Estèphe, Pauillac, St Julien and Margaux put together. St Emilion has been producing wine for longer than the Médoc but its lack of accessibility to Bordeaux's port and market-restricted exports to mainland Europe meant the region initially did not enjoy the commercial success that funded the great châteaux of the Left Bank. 

St Émilion itself is the prettiest of Bordeaux's wine towns, perched on top of the steep limestone slopes upon which many of the region's finest vineyards are situated. However, more than half of the appellation's vineyards lie on the plain between the town and the Dordogne River on sandy, alluvial soils with a sprinkling of gravel. 

Further diversity is added by a small, complex gravel bed to the north-east of the region on the border with Pomerol.  Atypically for St Émilion, this allows Cabernet Franc and, to a lesser extent, Cabernet Sauvignon to prosper and defines the personality of the great wines such as Ch. Cheval Blanc.  

In the early 1990s there was an explosion of experimentation and evolution, leading to the rise of the garagistes, producers of deeply-concentrated wines made in very small quantities and offered at high prices.  The appellation is also surrounded by four satellite appellations, Montagne, Lussac, Puisseguin and St. Georges, which enjoy a family similarity but not the complexity of the best wines.

St Émilion was first officially classified in 1954, and is the most meritocratic classification system in Bordeaux, as it is regularly amended. The most recent revision of the classification was in 2012

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Merlot/Cabernet Franc

Merlot/Cabernet Franc

Merlot and Cabernet Franc are grape varieties commonly used in Bordeaux-style blends, particularly in the Bordeaux region of France. When these two grapes are blended, they can create a wine that combines the best characteristics of each variety.

Merlot is known for its smoothness, soft tannins, and ripe fruit flavours. It often contributes black cherry, plum, and chocolate flavours to the blend. The grapes are relatively easy to grow and ripen earlier than other Bordeaux varieties, making them versatile for blending.

Cabernet Franc, on the other hand, adds structure, depth, and complexity to the blend. It typically brings aromas of red fruits such as raspberry and strawberry, along with herbal notes like bell pepper and tobacco. These grapes have thinner skins and can be more challenging to cultivate, requiring specific growing conditions to reach their full potential.

When Merlot and Cabernet Franc are combined, the result is a well-balanced wine with various flavours and aromas. The blend often exhibits a Bordeaux wine's medium to full body, along with a smooth texture and moderate tannins. The specific flavour profile can vary depending on the proportions of each grape in the blend and the terroir and winemaking techniques employed.

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