Chateau Cantenac-Brown, located in the Haut-Medoc appellation and has 42 hectares of vineyards – 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. Under the direction of José Sanfins, the estate has begun promoting physical, chemical and biological practices that are environmentally friendly. The harvest in done by hand and then fermentation lasts about ten days with wines being aged in French oak barrels for 12 to 15 months. The red brick Chateau is reminiscent of an English prep school and looks somewhat out of place in Margaux. The recent vintages are without question impressive.
The wines of Margaux tend to show more perfume and roundness than neighbour St-Julien, Pauillac, and St-Estèphe, whilst retaining a certain structure and concentration. Margaux is the most southerly and most extensive of the famous Médoc communes, a patchwork of vineyards with lesser parcels classed purely as Haut-Médoc. A myriad of soil mixtures can be found, clay, limestone, and gravel. Though quality is not always consistent here, the potential is great as more Margaux properties were included in the 1855 classification of the Médoc and Graves than any other appellation.
Graphite, violets and cassis. Pure crème de cassis on the palate. Huge concentration, a mass of cool berry fruit, exquisite fruit content. 2010 was a big hot year and the wine will happily go on for decades if you want to lay it down.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot