2009 Cantenac Brown



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£359.00

Average critic rating : 90.3 points

90

90

Tasted twice in Bordeaux, I must say that whatever was shown to me in cask certainly did not appear to be performing as well from bottle. It could be just that the wine has closed down, but I had thought this was an extraordinary wine and one of the big time sleepers of the vintage. The tannins have taken hold, and although the wine is still outstanding, any hopes of achieving a mid-90 point score, as I had hoped, seem highly questionable. Dense ruby/purple with notes of graphite, blackberries and forest floor, the wine is full-bodied, powerful, excruciatingly tannic and closed, and that may be why it’s not showing as well as I predicted. Certainly, this was the biggest discrepancy between barrel and bottle that I saw in the vintage, but the wine is still outstanding, just not profound. It will be interesting to revisit this wine in a number of years. Forget it for 7-8 years and drink it over the following 30. Wine Advocate.February, 2012

84-86

84-86

Tasted at a negociant. Definite prune aromas on the nose: over-mature: more Languedoc than Margaux. The palate is full-bodied with thick and chewy tannins. It is actually quite a pure, very agreeable Cabernet, but there is no sense of Bordeaux typicité (which is kinda what you and I pay for?) Tasted March 2010

93

93

Wonderful aromas of crushed raspberries, flowers, and hints of vanilla bean. Full body, with silky tannins and a juicy finish. Fresh and minerally. Best in 2018. James Suckling, jamessuckling.com

93-96

93-96

Fresh berry and currant, with mint and spices. Full-bodied, with supervelvety tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Toasted oak, ripe fruit, everything. A beauty. Best ever

16

16

Dark crimson. Intense meat extract savoury nose. Then rather loose on the palate with the furry tannins coming in only on the very end. Reasonably dramatic wine, not at all in the classic Margaux mould. A little drying on the finish, and just a slight lack of freshness. But certainly it has pzazz and impact. Determinedly modernistic.



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Cantenac Brown 2009
-£32.41     (-8.21%) Latest price:  £362.59
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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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