2018 Petit Cantenac Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

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About the Wine

Clos Cantenac is a small but seductive 15-acre property made up of four main parcels of vines carefully planted on an exceptional “terroir” of deep gravels, sand, and clay over broken limestone situated close to the prehistoric “Megalith de Pierrefitte”. Their winemaking team works systematically on a parcel-by-parcel basis, according to the age, condition, seasonal variations, and requirements of our gently sloping, south-facing vineyards to produce Grand Cru worthy wines on the right bank.

"The wines of Clos Cantenac have a good “polish” about them and a fine sense of place." -Steve Spurrier, Editor of Decanter Magazine 

Petit Cantenac 2018 is made with fruit from older Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon vines and was picked in perfect conditions during the cool, early mornings of late September and early October.

2018 will be remembered as an exceptional year in Bordeaux with a glorious summer that extended long into harvest. However, the year began with many challenges and was initially characterized by a wet winter followed by a seriously cold and damp spring with the threat of mildew from spring onwards the strongest for decades.

Aging: 12 months in 40% New French Oak & 60% 2nd & 3rd year barrels.

Tasting notes: 90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc & 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine shows a medium-dark red in color and is marked by its’ beautiful and intense Cabernet character, with fresh and lush rich notes of black plums and rich notes of black figs, raspberries, figs, and fine leather, with hints of ginger and spice and soft vanilla. On the palate, it is full-bodied with firm but carefully weighted tannins on the entry, which become more defined as the wine lingers in the mouth, with dense savory and earthy characters leading towards a supple, blackberry and plum finish that displays good restraint and poise.


Produced from old vines, this beautifully perfumed wine is richly structured while promising a future that brings out the black-currant fruits. It has both richness and elegance. Drink this second wine of Clos Cantenac from 2025. ~93 Wine Enthusiast (v. 2016)

I really like this sweet black cherry wine with very soft tannins. A succulent, soft-edged crowd pleaser. ~92 Decanter (v. 2016)

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