Wine Blown: Château Cantin 2010

Food poisoning is no laughing matter, I’ll tell you that. This week was a bumpy road to an experience any wine lover (or should I say hedonist) hates, dreads, despises – something that restricts him from enjoying his desires to the fullest. For the sake of your enjoyment, I won’t get into details, but I’ll just thank da laaaawd for making this week’s Wine Blown possible in the last moment. And what a better moment than the weekend, so let’s jump right in!

Château Cantin 2010, a Right Bank Bordeaux, is showing a very nice colour here – humongously deep garnet with a chunk of sediment left in the bottle, so, automatically, here’s one more reason to finally invest in that decanter you have been putting off since last Christmas. I like to say that the nose is typical Bordeaux, i.e. that chances are very, very small to get this region wrong on a blind tasting. It’s elegant, smooth, a bit restrained, but leaving out the bullshit completely. Smelling notes of plum, dark cherry, blackberry, raspberry, sweet spices and a whole lotta tertiary tones, coming from bottle aging (mushrooms, wet forest floor, hint of tar and allspice). The palate is rich, juicy and silky at the same time with ripe medium (+) tannins, medium acidity, but powerful alcohol (15,5%, son!). Beautiful balance, structure and depth, but I’d say it needs more primary-tertiary integration. Long finish which last for minutes on end. Paired with homemade cheeseburger with just enough fat to blend everything together perfectly.

Grape varieties: 86% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc
Aging: 12 months in French barriques
Abv: 15,5%
Average price: 20€
GN score: 92/100

Region: France – Bordeaux – Saint-Emilion

Bordeaux blends are just what the name says – a mix of indigenous Bordeaux grape varieties. Red grapes include Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Carmenere, while white include Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscadelle, Ugni Blanc, Colombard and Merlot Blanc. Now, there are two basic “rules” for this kind of blend. The term became so popular, that it’s now used anywhere in the world. For example, if you’ve planted Merlot and Cabernet Franc in your vineyard in Armenia, boom, you can tell your friends that you’ve bottled a Bordeaux blend. The second rule applies for the mix itself – you don’t always have to use all grapes listed here to have a BB, as seen above. All varieties contribute to the wine in their own way, be that with elegance, power, depth, aromas, etc.

Château Cantin modifies its blends every year, depending on the vintage condition. It’s an estate with 38ha of vineyards planted on clay + limestone soils and gorgeously exposed to sunshine. From 2009, Michel Rolland has been the consulting oenologist of the estate, so you wouldn’t expect anything less than delightful wines on your table.

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Michel Rolland

Written by Aleksandar Draganić.

I’m a WSET certified grape juice drinker, and yes, I’m that 1% of people that love their job. I drink wine, write about it, preach about it, even take pictures of it. Find me at @grapenomad

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