Château Cantenac-Brown, 3eme Cru Classé, Margaux, 2009

  Château Cantenac-Brown

Cantenac Brown is mighty impressive in 2009, but one has to question whether it is a great Margaux. The nose is more reminiscent of a modern Pauillac of St Julien; a really cool, classic, Cabernet character with notes of liquid minerals, slate and high toned black fruit. The attack is a searing mass of pure, svelte blackcurrants; very intense, utterly delicious and classy, but maybe not one expects from a Margaux...

Contains Sulphites.

About Château Cantenac-Brown

Chateau Cantenac-Brown, located in the Haut-Medoc appellation and has 42 hectares of vineyards - 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. Under the direction of José Sanfins, the estate has begun promoting physical, chemical and biological practices that are environmentally friendly. The harvest in done by hand and then fermentation lasts about ten days with wines being aged in French oak barrels for 12 to 15 months. The red brick Chateau is reminiscent of an English prep school and looks somewhat out of place in Margaux. The recent vintages are without question impressive, but they have maybe lost their sense of place.

Appellation: Margaux

The wines tend to show more perfume and roundness than neighbour St-Julien, Pauillac, and St-Estèphe, whilst retaining a certain structure and concentration. Margaux is the most southerly and most extensive of the famous Médoc communes, a patchwork of vineyards with lesser parcels classed purely as Haut-Médoc. A myriad of soil mixtures can be found, clay, limestone, and gravel. Though quality is not always consistent here, the potential is great as more Margaux properties were included in the 1855 classification of the Médoc and Graves than any other appellation.

The two leading lights are the highly sought after Châteaux Margaux and Palmer, though there are several other solid performers including Brane-Cantenac, Rauzan-Ségla, Durfort-Vivens, Lascombes, Giscours, Ferrières, Malescot St Exupery and Luc Thienpont’s new boutique vineyard, Clos des Quatre Vents.