Chateau Cantenac Brown 2020 (En Primeur - Delivery 2023)

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James Suckling
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Antonio Galloni
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Neal Martin
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Jeb Dunnuck
SKU
CHCB202010 UCAU
$100.00 Per item
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Bottle
750ml (Bottle)
$100.00 Per item
4+ Month Dispatch
Cabernet Sauvignon 67%, Merlot 33% With an existing reputation for honest wines of good longevity, things are on the move at Cantenac Brown. Bought by the Le Lous family in 2020, there’s already a new environmentally responsible cellar under construction, with subtle changes to the winemaking, too – including lower temperatures at fermentation to capture fruit purity. The bouquet is positive and well-handled, floral and perfumed, with red and blue fruits. The tannins are big but classy; they also contribute to the bounce of freshness. This is well capable of exceeding expectations this year.
Cabernet Sauvignon 67%, Merlot 33% With an existing reputation for honest wines of good longevity, things are on the move at Cantenac Brown. Bought by the Le Lous family in 2020, there’s already a new environmentally responsible cellar under construction, with subtle changes to the winemaking, too – including lower temperatures at fermentation to capture fruit purity. The bouquet is positive and well-handled, floral and perfumed, with red and blue fruits. The tannins are big but classy; they also contribute to the bounce of freshness. This is well capable of exceeding expectations this year.

Scores & Reviews

97 / 100

James Suckling

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.

97 / 100

Antonio Galloni

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 from 2030 to 2060

96 / 100

Neal Martin

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 from 2025 to 2050

94 / 100

Jeb Dunnuck

I loved the 2020 Château Cantenac Brown, a pure, medium to full-bodied, beautifully textured Margaux that shines in the vintage. Offering up lots of classy cassis fruits as well as spicy oak, violets, and flowers, it has plenty of mid-palate depth, outstanding balance, and a great finish. There’s no trace of the often firm chewy tannins found in this appellation in 2020, and it’s unquestionably a beautiful wine.