Château Cantelys: Tasting & Drinking

The range of wines made by Fabien Teitgen is hugely impressive, from the grands vins in both red and white at Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte down to more than half-a-dozen second wines and cuvées from associated estates. They rarely disappoint, and this is as true of Château Cantelys as it is of the rest of the wines in the Cathiard portfolio.

A number of recent vintages have shown well, although of course my preferences reflect the colour of the wine – white or red – as well as the character of the vintage. In red, the 2016 was particularly impressive, surely one of the best red wines made here ever, but both 2020 and 2019 were also strong, followed by 2018. In whites I prefered the 2020 and 2019 vintages. They are wines which will only require a year or two in the cellar to compose themselves before they are will be ready for drinking. (1/9/21)

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