Wine Advocate 94 points - Tasted blind at the Southwold Bordeaux 2010 tasting. The Cantemerle 2010 has a floral bouquet that is akin to a Margaux - crushed violets intermingling with blackberry and wild hedgerow all with fine definition. The palate is medium-bodied with tart cherry fruit on the entry, before segueing into a powdery mid-palate and structured, more masculine finish. The fruit needs to be more expressive but I think this is just entering a sulky patch and deserves several years in bottle. Tasted January 2014.
The wine needs a good 7-10 years of cellaring and should keep for 30 more years, but this is the finest Cantemerle I have encountered in my professional career of tasting young vintages (dating back 34 years now). Stunningly deep ruby/purple, with a beautiful nose of spring flowers intermixed with perfumed raspberry and blueberry notes, it exhibits a sort of cool-climate character. Broad, rich and intense on the palate, the wine has plenty of tannins, but they are sweet and well-integrated. Everything is delicately entwined into this beautiful, medium to full-bodied, dense purple wine, which shows stunning character and a prodigious potential for development. This is definitely a major sleeper of the vintage and even better than I thought from barrel. (Mar 2014)