About the Wine
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, especially in 2005, 2006, 2010, 2015, 2016, 2018, and 2019.
The vineyard is planted to 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Franc
Aging: 12-15 months in French oak barrels, 60% new.
Tasting Notes: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot Blackberry, strawberry, and cherry fruit flavors with hints of cassis and lifted aromatics of dried roses and violets. Pure and pristine in style. Focused and approachable in the balanced finish. Graceful development of tertiary flavors of tobacco leaf, leather, and tea leaves make this a wonderful wine to drink in 2023.
~92 Decanter Magazine
The 2005 Cantenac Brown offers an intriguing combination of plush fruit and intense tannins. Ripe red cherry fruit, cedar, spice, tobacco, menthol, cedar, and rose petals all meld together in this decidedly luscious bold Margaux. Soft curves and silky tannins make 2005 a total pleasure to drink today, but it has more than enough freshness to develop well in the bottle for another decade plus. This sumptuous Margaux is an absolute beauty. ~92 Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
Shows blackberry, treacle tart, and licorice aromas. Full-bodied, with wonderful vanilla, berry, and milk chocolate character, followed by a long finish. Needs time to develop. Best after 2010. 10,000 cases made. ~91 Wine Spectator
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