2018 Chateau Cantenac Brown

Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot

France / Bordeaux / Medoc / Margaux

¥89,600
JD 92
RP 92
V 94
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3eme Grand Cru Classé

2018 Chateau Cantenac Brown, Margaux, France

Winery Tasting Notes

2018 A CHILD OF THE RAIN AND SUN ...

The harvest
Before the harvest, the contrast of hot days and cold nights was wonderful favoring aromatic and phenolic concentration. In a few words: a dream harvest! More than 4 weeks of idyllic conditions and plots with perfect maturity. Berries were small. Thick and matured skins released a deep color. The maturity of the pips, brown almost dark, round, long and fresh tannins show how great this vintage is.

Varietals the harvest
69% Cabernet Sauvignon
28% Merlot
3% Cabernet Franc

Harvest date
Merlot : Septembre 18th - 28th
Cabernet Franc : October 1st
Cabernet Sauvignon : Oct. 2nd - 11th

Harvest proportion
56% Château Cantenac Brown

Aging
French oak barrels
60% new oak barrels
40% one-year-old oak barrels

 

 

JD 92

Jeb Dunnuck

A classic, elegant Margaux based on roughly 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot (I don't know the exact blend), the 2018 Château Cantenac Brown offers up a pretty perfume of red and black currants, sandalwood, dried flowers, and cedar pencil. It's not the most powerful or concentrated wine in the vintage, yet it has fine tannins as well as a wonderfully balanced, classical style. I suspect it will benefit from just short-term cellaring and keep for 20-25 years. Reviewed by: Jeb Dunnuck, Issue date: March 2021. Drinking window: 2021 - 2046.
RP 92

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

Rating (92)+ The 2018 Cantenac Brown has a medium to deep garnet-purple color, wafting gently out of the glass with fragrant scents of redcurrant jelly, Morello cherries, plum preserves and fresh blackcurrants, plus suggestions of red roses, cedar chest and pencil lead. The medium-bodied palate (13.5% declared alcohol) has a sturdy frame of grainy tannins and plenty of freshness supporting the delicately styled red and black fruit flavors, finishing savory. Reviewed by: Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Issue date: May 2021. Drinking window: 2024 - 2044.
V 94

Vinous

The 2018 Cantenac Brown, which I had recently tasted as part of my horizontal, here replicates that performance. Very pure on the nose, perphaps a little more opulence than the pervious bottle, this is beautifully defined with subtle tobacco scents percolating through the black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied, harmonious and extra supple with great tension towards the finish. This is quintessential Margaux and a superb wine from winemaker Jose Sanfins. Tasted at the Cantenac Brown vertical at the chateau. Reviewed by: Neal Martin, Issue date: June 2021. Drinking window: 2025 - 2050.

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JD 92

Jeb Dunnuck

A classic, elegant Margaux based on roughly 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot (I don't know the exact blend), the 2018 Château Cantenac Brown offers up a pretty perfume of red and black currants, sandalwood, dried flowers, and cedar pencil. It's not the most powerful or concentrated wine in the vintage, yet it has fine tannins as well as a wonderfully balanced, classical style. I suspect it will benefit from just short-term cellaring and keep for 20-25 years. Reviewed by: Jeb Dunnuck, Issue date: March 2021. Drinking window: 2021 - 2046.
RP 92

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

Rating (92)+ The 2018 Cantenac Brown has a medium to deep garnet-purple color, wafting gently out of the glass with fragrant scents of redcurrant jelly, Morello cherries, plum preserves and fresh blackcurrants, plus suggestions of red roses, cedar chest and pencil lead. The medium-bodied palate (13.5% declared alcohol) has a sturdy frame of grainy tannins and plenty of freshness supporting the delicately styled red and black fruit flavors, finishing savory. Reviewed by: Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Issue date: May 2021. Drinking window: 2024 - 2044.
V 94

Vinous

The 2018 Cantenac Brown, which I had recently tasted as part of my horizontal, here replicates that performance. Very pure on the nose, perphaps a little more opulence than the pervious bottle, this is beautifully defined with subtle tobacco scents percolating through the black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied, harmonious and extra supple with great tension towards the finish. This is quintessential Margaux and a superb wine from winemaker Jose Sanfins. Tasted at the Cantenac Brown vertical at the chateau. Reviewed by: Neal Martin, Issue date: June 2021. Drinking window: 2025 - 2050.

2018 Chateau Cantenac Brown, Margaux, France

Winery Tasting Notes

2018 A CHILD OF THE RAIN AND SUN ...

The harvest
Before the harvest, the contrast of hot days and cold nights was wonderful favoring aromatic and phenolic concentration. In a few words: a dream harvest! More than 4 weeks of idyllic conditions and plots with perfect maturity. Berries were small. Thick and matured skins released a deep color. The maturity of the pips, brown almost dark, round, long and fresh tannins show how great this vintage is.

Varietals the harvest
69% Cabernet Sauvignon
28% Merlot
3% Cabernet Franc

Harvest date
Merlot : Septembre 18th - 28th
Cabernet Franc : October 1st
Cabernet Sauvignon : Oct. 2nd - 11th

Harvest proportion
56% Château Cantenac Brown

Aging
French oak barrels
60% new oak barrels
40% one-year-old oak barrels

 

 

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