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Château Cantemerle

The winery is located in the municipality of Macau im Médoc (Bordeaux). The name goes back to the nobleman Chevalier Pons de Cantemerle, who acquired in 1241 a large estate. After several changes of ownership, it was bought in 1579 by Baron Jehan de Villeneuve and then remained in the possession of this family for over three centuries. In 1892 it was owned by the Dubos family who sold it in 1981 to the large insurance SMABTP. Now large sums have been invested to bring the cellar technology up to date. In the Bordeaux Classification In 1855 the estate received the fifth rank (Cinquième Cru Classé). However, it was demonstrably not included in the list published in April. In the original list, however, it is listed at the very end in a clearly recognizable other and smaller manuscript. How come? There were many legends and rumors, including bribery allegations of subsequent manipulation of the list, but the truth is simple. The Cantemerle wine was then largely exported to Holland. Therefore, he did not appear in the official French price lists, which were indeed an important basis for the classification, and was therefore not taken into account.

It's easy enough to say that the Château Cantemerle was simply forgotten. Only after a violent protest of the owners and several months of dispute it was after the World Fair in December 1855 subsequently at the last place after the Château Croizet-Bages inserted. Supposedly, however, Château Cantemerle should have been rated even better, in the fourth or even third place. But you were not ready for that, because that would have messed up the whole order. The total holdings today comprise 180 hectares, of which 87 hectares are on the banks of the Gironde planted with vines. These are Cabernet Sauvignon (50%), Merlot (40%), Petit Verdot (5%) and Cabernet Franc (5%). The extremely long-lived red wine is aged 12 to 14 months in 30% new oak barrels. Second wines are "Les Allés de Cantemerle" and named after the founder "Baron Villeneuve de Cantemerle".

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