Château Cantenac Brown

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend

9.1407 ratings
9.070 pro ratings
Margaux, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
Red Bordeaux Blend
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9.1

The 2016 Cantenac Brown is a super-concentrated, potent Margaux. Raspberry jam, mocha, licorice, plum, new oak and spice are all lavishly rendered. Broad and sweeping on the palate, with tremendous richness and resonance, Cantenac Brown is one of the bigger, more overt Margauxs of the vintage. Readers should expect a big, ripe wine. In several tastings, the 2016 has come across as a bit over the top, at least for my personal taste. Technical Director Jose Sanfins gave the 2016 16 months in oak, 60% new. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, January 2019)

The 2016 Cantenac Brown is a super-concentrated, potent Margaux. Raspberry jam, mocha, licorice, plum, new oak and spice are all lavishly rendered. Broad and sweeping on the palate, with tremendous richness and resonance, Cantenac Brown is one of the bigger, more overt Margauxs of the vintage. Readers should expect a big, ripe wine. In several tastings, the 2016 has come across as a bit over the top, at least for my personal taste. Technical Director Jose Sanfins gave the 2016 16 months in oak, 60% new. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, January 2019)

Nov 15th, 2019
Shay A
9.2

Another killer Wednesday Wine Committee lineup. As always, 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds and 1 dessert wine. All tasted blind.

I called this late ‘80s left bank Bordeaux. Plenty of ripe fruit left here, mainly older raspberry and blackberries, with herbal spice up front and a black pepper dusted cranberry finish.

Another killer Wednesday Wine Committee lineup. As always, 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds and 1 dessert wine. All tasted blind.

I called this late ‘80s left bank Bordeaux. Plenty of ripe fruit left here, mainly older raspberry and blackberries, with herbal spice up front and a black pepper dusted cranberry finish.

May 1st, 2019
Ken Z
9.4

Drank 1/18/19 at the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux event in Miami.  All wines from the 2016 Vintage.

Tasting pour, no formal notes taken.  Most of these wines are very tight, and will require 5-15 years to really come together.  Many will likely improve a few points with time.

Slightly preferred this over the Brane-Cantenac

Drank 1/18/19 at the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux event in Miami.  All wines from the 2016 Vintage.

Tasting pour, no formal notes taken.  Most of these wines are very tight, and will require 5-15 years to really come together.  Many will likely improve a few points with time.

Slightly preferred this over the Brane-Cantenac

Jan 24th, 2019
Chris McClellan

Cork barely survived, but this wine held up...fruit pretty non existent, secondary aromas of earth, mushrooms, leather..acid holding together with smooth tannins. A great treat. Magnum.

Cork barely survived, but this wine held up...fruit pretty non existent, secondary aromas of earth, mushrooms, leather..acid holding together with smooth tannins. A great treat. Magnum.

Dec 9th, 2018
Matt Trader

1/2 bottle of '06 for my wedding anniversary at Bouchon Bistro. Coincidentally, it was also Thomas Keller's birthday, AND the 20th anniversary of Bouchon Bistro being open - meant to be! 06 is drinking very nicely.. black cherry balsamic reduction, stewed black plums, decayed purple flower petals, velvety and grainy tannins, beautiful mouthfeel.

1/2 bottle of '06 for my wedding anniversary at Bouchon Bistro. Coincidentally, it was also Thomas Keller's birthday, AND the 20th anniversary of Bouchon Bistro being open - meant to be! 06 is drinking very nicely.. black cherry balsamic reduction, stewed black plums, decayed purple flower petals, velvety and grainy tannins, beautiful mouthfeel.

Oct 16th, 2018
Les Huisman

Might be the single most amazing wine I've ever had

Might be the single most amazing wine I've ever had

Oct 12th, 2018
Gregory Fulchiero

Should have decanted this for 2 hours prior - way too young and clunky right now - a wall of tannins smothers any fruit but this has real potential - soy sauce and damp earth

Should have decanted this for 2 hours prior - way too young and clunky right now - a wall of tannins smothers any fruit but this has real potential - soy sauce and damp earth

Sep 14th, 2018
Jason Li

Too young.

Too young.

May 26th, 2018
Jennifer Massolo

1900.

Jan 29th, 2018
Timothy Eustis

Wine Director Stagecoach Tavern

8.9

V nice

V nice

Nov 11th, 2017