2020 - Ch Cantenac Brown 3ème Cru Margaux
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Cantenac Brown
Region
Margaux
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2026 - 2052
Case size
6x75cl
En Primeur

2020 CH CANTENAC BROWN 3ÈME CRU MARGAUX - 6x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Cantenac Brown
Region
Margaux
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2026 - 2052
Case size
6x75cl
En Primeur
In Bond
Case price £206.00 (Ex. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • NM

    Neal Martin, May 2021,
    Score: 94-96

    The 2020 Cantenac Brown, cropped at 36hl/ha, has quite a precocious bouquet of macerated small black cherries, blueberry, touches of cassis and violet, all very generous and seductive in style. The palate is beautifully balanced and extremely pure, offering succulent ripe tannins, perfectly judged acidity and layers of blueberry, Dorset plum, crushed stone and light graphite notes toward the finish, which has just the right amount of salinity. This is a sophisticated and quite cerebral Margaux in a series of excellent recent releases from the estate. Highly recommended. Drink 2025 - 2050

  • WA

    Wine Advocate, May 2021,
    Score: 91-93+

    Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2020 Cantenac Brown slides effortlessly out of the glass with pronounced notes of licorice, tar, tapenade and fertile loam over a core of warm cassis and plum preserves, with a waft of charcuterie. The medium-bodied palate is refreshing, bursting with crunchy black fruit and herbal sparks with a well-managed, grainy texture, finishing long and earthy. Drink 2025-2042

  • AG

    Antonio Galloni, June 2021,
    Score: 94-97

    The 2020 Cantenac Brown is an outrageously beautiful wine. Ample, vertical and soaring in its intensity, the 2020 is shaping up to be a jewel of a wine. Punchy red berry fruit, lavender, spice, mint and rose petal abound. What I like most about the 2020 is the way it balances fruit intensity with vibrancy and energy. Cantenac Brown is shaping up to be one of the wines of the vintage. Drink 2030-2060

  • JS

    James Suckling, April 2021,
    Score: 96-97

    Fantastic depth of fruit with layers of firm, chewy tannins that are medium-grained and long in the mouth. Full and dynamic. One of the best ever

  • WCI

    Wine Cellar Insider, May 2021,
    Score: 94-96

    Inky in color, the wine hits all the right notes with its floral, camphor, blackberry, incense, espresso and black currant aromatics. There is serious intensity here with layers of ripe, sweet, dark fruits, toasty oak and polished tannins on the mid-palate and in the finish. Long, and deep, give this at least 7-8 in the cellar and this is going to really start to show well.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, May 2021,
    Score: 16.5

    Delicately floral and fruity on the nose with just a hint of oak. Soft and supple on entry then a lingering freshness. Adequate juice and fine tannins with a leafy, Cabernet note on the finish. More refined and less chunky than in the past. Drink 2027-2038

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, May 2021,
    Score: 15.5+

    A little bit too dry throughout, but with a decent enough flavour under this façade, this is a solid effort but not one that will set the world alight. I worry that the tannins will take too long to ameliorate and by the time that they do, the fruit will have long slipped away.

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Producer

Château Cantenac Brown

For years, Château Cantenac Brown was known for producing powerful, structured Margaux. However since the late 1980s when AXA purchased the estate, Cantenac Brown has worked towards a softer, more discrete style.

Region

Margaux

Plump, silky and seductive are the words often used to describe wines from Margaux. Because of their style, they tend to be user friendly and more approachable when young. This is in part due to its terroir which is comprised of the thinnest soil as well as the highest proportion of chunky gravel in all of the Médoc. It drains well but also is it more susceptible to vintage variation. Margaux wines tend to have the highest proportions of Merlot within the core of the Médoc further adding to their ample roundness and openness. Margaux is home to the largest number of classified growths including its namesake first growth, Château Margaux, as well as third growths, Palmer and d'Issan.