1996 Cantenac Brown

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£569.00 DP

Average critic rating : 85.5 points



I know AXA, the huge umbrella corporation that owns many Bordeaux chateaux, particularly Jean-Michel Cazes, has not been happy with my reviews of Cantenac-Brown, but I find the wine too tough-textured, tannic, and dry. Therefore, I am happy to say the 1996, while tannic, looks to be one of the better balanced efforts to emerge under the AXA administration. The color is a deep ruby/purple. The wine offers simple but pleasing aromas of black currants, licorice, and vanillin. In the mouth, it is medium to full-bodied, powerful, muscular, somewhat foursquare, but mouthfilling, rich, and with the potential to move up in score if more complexity develops. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2015. Robert Parker, Wine Advocate # 115



Some good berry and tobacco character, but slightly lean in fruit concentration in the center-palate. Medium-bodied, with medium tannins and a short finish. Best after 1999. – James Suckling, Wine Spectator 1999

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Cantenac Brown 1996
+£359.52     (+210.25%) Latest price:  £530.52
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Established at the beginning of the 19th century, Cantenac-Brown is today one of the finest Châteaux in Bordeaux. The estate includes 42 hectares of vineyard with typical Médoc gravel and is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Approximately 15,000 cases are produced per year for the Grand Vin, plus 5,000 of a second label: Château Canuet. Vintages from 2002 on have been increasingly impressive, leading Neal Martin to declare it 'an estate that I have my eye on”

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