Tasted alongside the 2005 and this is better. It’s fresher, more modern but in a good sense. Plenty of acidity, clear oak and fruit. It’s always going to be a wine that is slightly on the green side but I suspect it will be a lean long distance runner.
Tasting from barrel is always a very hit and miss affair, but this time I think Robert Parker captured the wine very very well:
Quality at this property has been rising dramatically over the last several vintages. Cantemerle will never be a blockbuster claret, but rather one built on finesse and elegance. Hints of menthol, black cherries, cranberries, and blueberries emerge from the 2006’s perfumed bouquet. Medium body, impressive purity, good underlying texture, and sweet tannin suggest this elegantly-styled wine will drink well between 2009-2020+. It possesses intense flavors yet requires some introspection. Robert Parker 90-92