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Cantenac-Brown, a 3ème Cru Classé estate, is located in the Haut-Medoc wine appellation on the western extremes of the Margaux appellation. As with so many Bordeaux estates, the tale of the last 120 years focuses on early years of problems, caused by both vineyard diseases and economic depradations, followed by recent revival once the property has been bought by someone with the means to invest properly in its future. The revitalisation of Cantenac-Brown only really looked a realistic possibility with its acquisition in by AXA Millésimes in 1989. The AXA team, led at that time by the since semi-retired Jean-Michel Cazes, with the help of Daniel Llose and under the direction of Christian Seely, began to turn the estate around. The team had a history of success in Bordeaux, not least at Lynch-Bages but at other estates such as Pichon-Baron, Suduiraut and Quinta do Noval.
Cantenac Brown has 42 hectares of vineyards - 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc.
Cantenac Brown is typically Margaux in character - fragrant and perfumed on the nose and medium bodied and harmonious on the palate, with soft cassis-scented fruits and a lingering finish.
Case price (Bottle 6 x 75cl)
Bottle 6 x 75cl39cs
Bottle 12 x 75cl1cs
It's been a while since we were impressed by Ch. Cantenac Brown. To be honest, I can't remember ever doing back flips over any vintage from this majestic looking château. However we were all stunned into silence when we tasted the 2009. With a 'surprisingly Margaux' perfume and delicious, juicy concentration on the palate, this is a pure and charming wine. Supple tannins melt on the smooth, polished palate which is completed by a lovely, fresh finish. Blind, I would definitely place it firmly in its 3rd Growth status this year. Very impressive indeed. Simon Staples, Sales & Marketing Director