The Alleys of Cantemerle assert themselves year after year as the same kind of flexible and elegant Medoc, which can be drunk young. Les Allées de Cantemerle, a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 8% Merlot is the second wine of Cantermerle and comes mainly from the château’s young vines, and is made like its elder brother. Les Allées de Cantemerle has the same personality as the grand vin, but a shorter ageing potential. As it ages more quickly, Les Allées de Cantemerle is generally ready to be consumed within several years of the vintage.
On the nose, gorgeous aromas of red currant, pomegranate and cranberry effortlessly drift from the glass. Underlying the fruit are subtle notes of roses and toast. The first sip is beautiful, where you instantly realize that the wine is simply delicious. Essence of Amarena cherries dominate the palate with a slight peppery note and graphite minerality. The tannins are extremely well-integrated and the acidity is broad and round, giving a soft and pleasurable mouthfeel that can be enjoyed almost without moderation. -Princeton Corkscrew
To marry: leg of lamb, sautéed porcini mushrooms, roasted Camembert.