2010 Cantenac Brown



Scored at 95 points by Neal Martin and 94+ by Robert Parker, the 2010 Chateau Cantenac Brown is a sensational Margaux from a great vintage. To Parker it is 'the greatest Cantenac Brown I have ever tasted' and to us, a steal at an unbelievably low price.

 

Last tasted blind by Neal Martin in 2014 who simply stated 'Wow', Cantenac Brown’s 2010 is, in the words of fellow Wine Advocate critic Parker in 2013, 'a giant classic… that still remains under-priced, considering how great its potential is.'

 

A couple of years on, that sentiment remains very true. Good Margaux is never cheap, great Margaux even less so, but this Cantenac Brown is an utter bargain. It’s almost unbelievably well-priced for the quality, and with a drinking window stretching decades, is one to fill up the cellar with.

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Average critic rating : 91.57 points

94

94

The greatest Cantenac Brown I have ever tasted, the 2010 is one for the ages. Dense purple, with an extraordinary nose of sweet forest floor, blackberry jam, pen ink and graphite, this wine soars from the glass, giving it an aromatic dimension and intensity I have never seen from this estate. The tannins are present, as they are in most Cantenac Browns, but the wine’s sweetness, broad, skyscraper-like mouthfeel, dense, purple color and spectacular length (close to a minute) make this a giant classic and a fabulous sleeper of the vintage that still remains under-priced, considering how great its potential may be. This is a wine for those with cold cellars and youthful DNA. It is going to need at least a decade of cellaring and should last for 20-40 years. A classic! Wine Advocate.February, 2013

95

95

Tasted blind at the Southwold Bordeaux 2010 tasting. Wow - one of those wines that seemed to excel under blind conditions, this is a Margaux that should be taken seriously. The 2010 demonstrates a lot of extraction on the nose with liquorice infused black fruit, iodine and blueberry jam. This is on the brink of being over-ripe - but it knows the line not to cross. The palate is medium-bodied with a succulent entry, generous and honeyed in texture, the acidity nicely judged and it builds towards a multi-layered finish that is both sophisticated and engaging. Long-term. Tasted January 2014. www.erobertparker.com

91-94

91-94

Very focused, with a taut beam of red currant and crushed damson plum fruit, backed by very fine-grained, supple tannins. A twinge of iron weaves through the increasingly fleshy finish. This has power, but also lots of finesse. winespectator.com

15.5

15.5

Very dark. Heady black cherry aromas. Very, very sweet. And alcoholic. And a bit drying on the end – a sort of right-bank Margaux. What’s the point? jancisrobinson.com

17.5

17.5

Well-extracted depth of cassis fruit, ripeness and length and more elegance than robustness than usual from this château. Drink 2015-25. Steven Spurrier, decanter.com

84-87

84-87

This wine is big and chunky with tannins that are tough and difficult to approach now. The thick texture and chunkiness is distracting from the balance of the wine. Tannins are over-extracted, lacking in refinement though flavours are loud and clear. This wine may improve substantially in bottle. asianpalate.com

17.5

17.5

A bit of a charmer: silky, fruit and without any excess. Bravo!



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Cantenac Brown 2010
+£137.00     (+32.93%) Latest price:  £553.00
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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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