Château Cantenac Brown have released their 2020 vintages this morning, "...an outrageously beautiful wine", according to Galloni, who scores it 94-97 points, calling it "a jewel of a wine...shaping up to be one of the wines of the vintage."
At just £412 per dozen bottles in bond, it is worth remembering that dear old Cantenac Brown, with its mock-tudor château and Scottish heritage, is a Troisième Cru Classé Margaux, just like Palmer. With new owner Tristan Le Lous taking over in 2019, this could be the start of a new era. It is certainly a 'buy' this year.
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|RED||2020||Château Cantenac Brown||75cl||£412 per case of 12||Château Cantenac Brown
2020 / / 75cl
£412 per case of 12
Tasting Notes"67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot. Cask sample. 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. 16.5 points" jancisrobinson.com (JL)------"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. 91-93+ points" Lisa Perotti-Brown, RobertParker.com------"Silky with touches of caramel, chocolate, blueberry, raspberries and boysenberries - all those autumnal fruits that have texture and acidity to them, with the signature gloss of Cantenac Brown. Clear peony, violet notes also. A linen texture that slows the passage of the wine through the mouth. Retasted at UGC and this is again good quality, the austerity on the tannins is marked right now, but there is plenty of life ahead here. New owner Tristan le Lous as of 2019, and this wine also includes the new 9.5ha vines of vines from Château Charmant and la Galiane (bought in July 2020). The fermentation was conducted at temperatures 4-5 °C lower than average to preserve fruit. 60% new oak. Harvest 10 to 30 September. Drinking Window 2028 - 2044. 93 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine------"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. 92-94 points" Jebdunnuck.com------"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. 94-96 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com------"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. 94-97 points" Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com------"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. 96-97 points" jamessuckling.com