About the Wine
"The 2020 Cantenac Brown is an outrageously beautiful wine. Ample, vertical, and soaring in its intensity, 2020 is shaping up to be a jewel of a wine. Punchy red berry fruit, lavender, spice, mint, and rose petal abound. What I like most about 2020 is the way it balances fruit intensity with vibrancy and energy. Cantenac Brown is shaping up to be one of the wines of the vintage." ~Vinous Media
Chateau Cantenac Brown is a third-growth Grand Cru Classe in Margaux. The Chateau is noteworthy for its unique Tudor style designed by the former Scottish owner, a painter named John Lewis Brown. There have been three owners since 1989 and the current owner is Tristan Le Lous since 2019. Each ownership change has brought new investments and improvements in the winery and vineyards. Jose Sanfins has overseen the management of the property since 2006.
In 2020, a new cellar has been built using the raw earth. This eco-friendly design uses a rammed-earth technique to create a gravity-fed cellar.
Located next door to Brane Cantenac, this Chateau has produced some outstanding quality and value wines. The vineyard is planted with 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Franc.
2020 was a great year for Bordeaux. Vinous Media blessed this year with a 97-point review and said, "Two thousand-twenty is an exceptional vintage for Bordeaux, certainly the best in the 2018-2020 trilogy. Quality is very, very high."
Aging: 16 months in French oak barrels, 60% new.
Tasting Notes:71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot
Intense flavors of coffee, toasted almonds, and red fruit flavors. Precise tannins and natural acidity. Graceful development of tertiary flavors of tobacco leaf, leather, and tea leaves make this a wonderful wine to drink in 2023 and beyond.
Fantastic depth of fruit with layers of firm, chewy tannins that are medium-grained and long in the mouth. Full and dynamic. One of the best ever. ~96-97James Suckling
The 2020 Cantenac Brown is an outrageously beautiful wine. Ample, vertical and soaring in its intensity, the 2020 is shaping up to be a jewel of a wine. Punchy red berry fruit, lavender, spice, mint and rose petal abound. What I like most about the 2020 is the way it balances fruit intensity with vibrancy and energy. Cantenac Brown is shaping up to be one of the wines of the vintage. ~94-97 Antonio Galloni Vinous Media
I loved the 2020 Château Cantenac Brown, a pure, medium to full-bodied, beautifully textured Margaux that shines in the vintage. Offering up lots of classy cassis fruits as well as spicy oak, violets, and flowers, it has plenty of mid-palate depth, outstanding balance, and a great finish. There’s no trace of the often firm chewy tannins found in this appellation in 2020, and it’s unquestionably a beautiful wine. ~92-94 Jeb Dunnuck
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2020 Cantenac Brown slides effortlessly out of the glass with pronounced notes of licorice, tar, tapenade and fertile loam over a core of warm cassis and plum preserves, with a waft of charcuterie. The medium-bodied palate is refreshing, bursting with crunchy black fruit and herbal sparks with a well-managed, grainy texture, finishing long and earthy. ~91-93+ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Silky with touches of caramel, chocolate, blueberry, raspberries and boysenberries - all those autumnal fruits that have texture and acidity to them, with the signature gloss of Cantenac Brown. Clear peony, violet notes also. A linen texture that slows the passage of the wine through the mouth. Retasted at UGC and this is again good quality, the austerity on the tannins is marked right now, but there is plenty of life ahead here. New owner Tristan le Lous as of 2019, and this wine also includes the new 9.5ha vines of vines from Château Charmant and la Galiane (bought in July 2020). The fermentation was conducted at temperatures 4-5 °C lower than average to preserve fruit. 60% new oak. Harvest 10 to 30 September. Drinking Window 2028 - 2044 ~93 Decanter
***Free Shipping on 6 or More Bottles of This Wine***