Château Cantemerle is located in the commune of Macau in the Haut-Médoc region on the left bank of the Bordeaux region. It makes red wines under the Haut Médoc AOC. The 18th-century turreted chateau building which replaced the medieval fortress is hidden in a wooded park left of the D2. After belonging to the Villeneuve (1576-1892) and Dubos (1892-1980) families, the estate was acquired in 1981 by the SMABTP, a large mutual insurance company in the construction and civil engineering sector. The estate’s long history is reflected in the château’s distinctive architecture and the magnificent grounds that surround it.
Owner: Societe Mutuelles d’Assurance du Batiment et Travaux Publiques (SMABTP).
Directions: West of the D2. Château Cantemerle is the the second of the 1855 classified growths to be seen from the D2 road as one leaves Bordeaux (Château La Lagune is the first).
Etymology: ‘Cante merle’ means singing blackbirds.
Classification: 1855 Fifth growth.
Winemaking: Wooden vats since 1986.
Haut Médoc AOC, Baron Villeneuve de Cantemerle
Haut Médoc AOC, Allées de Cantemerle
Haut Médoc AOC, Château Cantemerle
F-33460 Macau, France
Visits: Closed in August and at weekends. Visits by appointment only.