Chateau Cantenac – Saint Emilion Grand Cru.

Yes, the Bordeaux area! I always love visiting here. In addition to having family close by, there is an awful lot of wine to try. Amazingly, there are about 7,375 different chateaus, producing over 10,000 different Bordeaux wines. In fact, you’ll never be stuck for something to try! Chateau Cantenac – Saint Emilion Grand Cru is one of my favourites, it is a smaller family-run winery with so much to offer.

John and I, my designated driver, mate and local wine connoisseur arrived at Chateau Cantenac in plenty of time. AJ, our guide gave us a glass of water while we waited for the other people on our tour. Once everyone was assembled the tour began.

I found AJ – originally from the USA, to be a charming and informative host. She had been an intern at the winery some years before and had married one of the owners’ sons. Furthermore, she was carrying on a tradition. In fact, the owners have three sons, all of whom have married a girl that was an intern at the winery!

We were also given a tour of the grounds, and indeed, the Chateau does look like the crate drawing.

Chateau Cantenac - Saint Emilion Grand Cru

Concrete Fermentation tanks on the tour.


The tasting! Below are the three excellent wines on offer


From right to left. These are my tasting notes.

Chateau Cantenac Climate

Climate is aged in barrels for 18 months. Taste is so subjective but I found ripe fruit with a touch of toastiness. It had plenty of nose and an intense finish.

Chateau Cantenac “Selection Madame”

Firstly, this is made by the lady of the chateau, Mrs Roskam-Brunot. A markedly more elegant complex wine with dark fruit, vanilla and spice. A nice balanced wine.

Chateau Cantenac – Saint Emilion Grand Cru

This Grand Cru had a fruity, spiced nose. A full wine with a long finish.



Chateau Cantenac - Saint Emilion Grand Cru

Wisteria at Chateau Cantenac

 I found myself frequently matching the wine with food selections in my mind! Any of the wines I tasted would be a treat, but my preference was for the Grand Cru as I could happily drink that on its own as well as pairing it with lamb. For this reason, the classic Chateau Cantenac – Saint Emilion Grand Cru was my winner but there were honestly no losers here!

A Bears Eye View

  • Tasting room open Monday to Friday 0900-1200 and 1400-1800
  • Tours by appointment
  • Classic Tour 9 € 1 hour
  • Prestige Tour 20 € 1.5 hours
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For more on the Bordeaux wineries see here

For details of the Chateau, see here

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