Clos Cantenac & Petit Cantenac 2017
Even a perennial optimist like Martin Krajewski is allowed his moment of feeling that life isn’t fair; in April last year the dreaded frost struck and as we reported at the time, Martin accurately estimated that he had lost around 50% of his crop from the postage stamp that is Clos Cantenac. A pretty shocking start to the vineyard year.
The 2017 growing season had started early after a cold, dry winter; the warm early spring was very welcome with the vines budding a fortnight ahead of schedule, growing furiously in the early part of April but at the end of the month, three consecutive nights of very low temperatures caused significant damage across the whole region. The frost was not uniform and some lost virtually nothing whilst others lost close to 100% of their crop. Happily, following the cold snap, rapid, even flowering continued the early trend, followed by an extremely hot and dry June. At the end of June some timely rain fell, and July and August continued to be warm, not hot, and still mostly dry, indeed many vines began to feel the effect of the water shortage. Rain again in mid-September refreshed them, unblocking those which had suffered from water deficit, and the vines, still a good fortnight ahead of schedule, topped up their sugars and tannins in anticipation of a relatively early harvest. Harvesting took place on 9th September (the first Petit Cantenac parcel) and from 19th – 21st September for both wines.
We tasted these deliciously elegant and fresh wines with Martin and his talented daughter Charlotte, who has been making the wines at Clos Cantenac since 2014, and we are not the only ones to rate both wines extremely highly – take a look at the press comments on our offer for additional tasting notes.
Nicola Arcedeckne-Butler MW, May 2018
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Petit Cantenac, Grand Cru St Emilion 2017
95% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon;
40% new oak with a light toast
Vibrant purple black, with a nose of floral black fruit and ripe red berries, spice and crème pâtissière, leading to sweet berry fruits on the palate, fresh and elegant, with supple, soft, ripe tannins, and a spiced cinnamon finish. Really attractive wine. Drink 2021 - 2026
Bottles: £180 (12x75cl); Magnums: £185 (6x150cl);
Double Magnum: £75 each;
Imperial: £145 each
Clos Cantenac, Grand Cru St Emilion 2017
100% Merlot from six parcels in clos proximity;
50% new oak, 50% second year barrels
Deep red black, not opaque, with a nose of juicy red and black berries, inviting and fresh, leading to a palate of substantial black and red fruits, tighter than previous vintages at the same stage, spiced with substantial ripe tannins behind, with sweet and savoury notes on the finish. Deliciously refreshing. Drink 2023 - 2029
Bottles: £295 (12x75cl); Magnums: £300 (6x150cl);
Double Magnum: £110 each;
Imperial: £230 each
These wines will be shipped in the Spring of 2020
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