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The 2021 Clos Cantenac has a straightforward bouquet of red cherries, raspberry and light truffle scents. There is just a tiny reduction compared to the Petit Cantenac. The medium-bodied palate offers red berry fruit laced with espresso and chestnut and framed by grainy tannins. Just the right amount of dryness comes through on the Bing cherry and black-pepper-tinged finish. Worth seeking out. (13.5% alcohol)
Neal Martin, Vinous, May 2022
A little more obviously oaky on the nose than the Petit Cantenac but still vibrantly fruity in aroma. Fresh with raspberries more than cassis (though it has both), just a light cedary note. On the palate, a bigger wine, more chewy, sinewy, but not lean. Excellent freshness and balanced even without the flesh and richness I often find on this wine. Lots of energy in that freshness.
JH, Jancisrobinson.com, May 2022
This is the first time to have some Cabernet Franc in the blend of the main wine, and it works well, with juicy, mouthwatering raspberry and red cherry fruits, that deepen into more textured blackberry flavours as it settles into the glass. Gentle extraction, whispers of cigar box and campfire smoke, great clarity of flavour. Highly enjoyable from winemaker Charlotte Krajewski. 45% new oak.
Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux, May 2022
Rather more serious, more structured and lifted, the young vine Cabernet Franc did the same trick as at Cheval Blanc, and this made it a superbly suave component in this delicious wine. Plush and not as tannic as I expected, Clos Cantenac shows tremendous skill and succulence in 2021 and the glorious texture and blackberry theme rolls on for minutes on the palate. It is hard to guess that this wine was made in a challenging vintage, given its gloss, completeness and obvious allure.