Wine Region: Bordeaux - France
Grape: 65% Cabernet sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 10% Cabernet franc
Tasting notes: Full-bodied and slightly savoury, with notes of blackcurrant, plum, cedar and leather.
Expert rating : Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 92/100
"New owner, Syrian Simon Halabi, has instituted a severe selection process, resulting in what may be the finest Cantenac-Brown I have ever tasted. Halabi has given his staff carte blanche in order to get this estate back on track after a succession of good, but somewhat rustic, nearly overly tannic wines. The 2006 offers hints of lead pencil shavings intermixed with blueberry, blackberry, and pain grille aromas. The wine is dense, concentrated, and moderately tannic, with loads of pure fruit and medium to full body." Robert Parker Jr.
About the winery:
At the beginning of the 19th century, John Lewis Brown decided to have an English-style castle built in Bordeaux, one of the Médoc's most original domains. The vines cover 48 hectares, and then there are 20 hectares of parkland, a veritable nature reserve for the wildlife wishing to settle there. Since 2019, the property has belonged to the Le Lous family. The three grape varieties grown here are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, mainly planted in Cantenac where the soil is composed of chalk and clay. In the vines, the work is meticulous and environmentally friendly, with ploughing and composting. The vines are pruned and thinned out before a debudding that ensures the best maturity for the grapes. They are picked by hand, with a careful sorting process before fermentation in stainless steel vats. The wine is matured in barrels.
Cantenac Brown's wines are renown for their powerful bouquet, and their elegance and finesse. Their vigorous, rich character reveals Margaux's characteristic flavours, and the delightful qualities typical of Saint Juliens.
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