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Chateau Cantemerle

The estate is located in the municipality of Macau Médoc (Bordeaux). The name comes from the nobleman Chevalier Pons de Cantemerle, who acquired a large estate in 1241. After several changes of ownership, it was bought by Baron Jehan de Villeneuve in 1579 and then remained in the possession of this family for over three centuries. In 1892 it became the property of the Dubos family, who sold it to the large insurance company SMABTP in 1981. Large sums have now been invested to bring the basement technology up to date. In the Bordeaux Classification in 1855 the estate received fifth place (Cinquième Cru Classé). However, it was demonstrably not yet included on the list published in April. In the original list, however, it is shown at the end in a clearly recognizable, different and smaller manuscript. How come? There have been 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, it did not appear in the official French price lists, which were an important basis for the classification, and was therefore not taken into account.

To put it simply, the Château Cantemerle was simply forgotten. It was only after a violent protest by the owners and a dispute lasting several months that after the world exhibition in December 1855 it became the last place after Château Croizet-Bages inserted. Allegedly, however, the Château Cantemerle should have been rated even better, namely in fourth or even third place. But you weren't ready for that, because it would have messed up the whole order. The total property now comprises 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 for 12 to 14 months in 30% new barriques. Second wines are "Les Allés de Cantemerle" and the "Baron Villeneuve de Cantemerle" named after the founder.

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