CHÂTEAU CANTENAC BROWN
2014 Cru Classé Margaux
There is lots to like here. Some floral, soft fruited Margaux charm on the nose - the dense middle, full of bright red cherry and some fleshier damson juice is a little more firm and still quite tight. There is lots of structure and as and when the tightly wound core unravels this should be a great addition to the cellar. 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot. Rating: 91 L&S (Apr 2015)
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The 2014 Cantenac Brown has a well-defined bouquet with blackberry, cedar, crushed violet and cold stone aromas. I love the detail and focus here. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannin, supple and almost velvety in texture, the acidity well judged with a rounded, lightly spiced finish that feels so tender, yet does not shortchange you on persistence. This is one of the best Cantenac-Brown wines that I have encountered in recent years. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. Drinking range: 2020 - 2040 Rating: 92 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Mar 2018)
Deep crimson. Soapy, salty and interesting on the nose. Lots of fruit and interest if not density. Very dry end. But broad and fruity. Drinking range: 2023 - 2039 Rating: 17 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Feb 2018)
The 2014 Cantenac Brown is a sexy, plush wine. Showing more ripeness as well as more new oak than it did en primeur, the 2014 is a decidedly racy, open-knit Margaux. It is supple and inviting, and will drink well with minimal cellaring. Drinking range: 2020 - 2034 Rating: 92 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Feb 2017)
Château Cantenac Brown
Margaux Troisième cru 1855 In 1754 Jacques Boyd, who was of Irish descent, bought the estate that he would call, quite logically, Château Boyd. In 1806 he sold to a John Lewis Brown, of Scottish descent and the owner of Château Brown (in Pessac-Léognan). Some confusion then arises as the Cantenac property was also often referred to as Château Brown. Some grand parties followed at the newly-built tudor-style mansion before bankruptcy forced the sale of the estate in 1843. By the time of the 1855 classification, it was once again known as Château Boyd. Some time during the 19th Century, a portion of Château Boyd was divided off and, under the ownership of Armand Lalande (who also owned Château Leoville Poyferré), the impressive and unusual château that adorns the label was built and the name Cantenac-Brown was settled upon. The remainder of the estate went on to become Château Boyd-Cantenac. The period from the end of the 19th Century to the latter half of the 20th is a familiar story of decline. Salvation appeared when AXA Millésimes bought Cantenac-Brown in 1989, and they made great improvements to the estate, so it was a surprise when they sold to a British businessman Simon Halabi in 2006. The Cantenac-Brown rennaissance continues, however, under the new ownership. The 42ha of vineyard, farmed "in a more environmentally friendly way", are composed of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. The Grand Vin spends 12 to 15 months in wood, of which 50% is new and the other 50% one year old. There is a second wine - BRIO de Cantenac Brown.
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