Chateau Cantenac Brown 2016

Chateau Cantenac Brown 2016

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In 1806, John-Lewis Brown purchased the property and began building a traditional Tudor style home to remind him of his native Scotland. As with the tradition of the time, He named the Estate Cantenac Brown after the location and his last name. In 1843, a banker named Gromad purchased the property. After the 1855 Classification, the estate was to Armand Lalande who was the owner of Chateau Leoville Poyferre. Flash forward to 1989 when the AXA insurance sompany purchased the estate. They held it for a few yewars before selling it to Simon Halabi. In 2019, the Le Lous family purchased the estate and the have planned very large investments in the property.


The vineyard covers 118 acres (48 ha) and is composed of 30% Merlot, 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, the average age of the vines is 35 years old.
Wine Spectator: 94
Lively cherry and bitter plum fruit streaks through, laced with fine chalky tannins. Picks up iron and savory hints on the finish.
Wine Advocate: 94
The 2016 Cantemerle has a tightly wound bouquet and it never quite delivers the detail and mineralit that some of its peers have produced in this vintage. There are attractive undergrowth scents and a touch of tobacco, but it does not leap from the glass with joy. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, good depth of fruit, blackberry laced with cedar and graphite. One sample was missed a little precision, however, a second and third demonstrated much more precision and tension. My score reflects this.
Decanter: 94
For me this is easily one of their best ever wines, totally living up to its fifth growth billing. Lovely and juicy with excellent tension, really walking that line. Menthol, cassis and cedar are framed by well-wrought tannins that bring the whole thing together and lead onto a juicy finish. The blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot is aged in 40% new oak for 12 months, followed by a further four months in vats before bottling.
Wine Enthusiast: 96
This is another successful vintage from this estate. It is so finely structured that you notice the blackberry fruit more than the tannins, with a seam of crisp acidity throughout.
Vinous: 92
The 2016 Cantemerle comes across as raw and not fully put together. Even so, the wine possesses superb richness, volume and depth. Iron, smoke, raspberry jam and succulent cherry notes are all pushed forward. Plush and racy, with striking depth, this succulent, expressive Haut-Mdoc is built for pleasure. Tasted two times.
James Suckling: 94
Dense and chewy already with plenty of ripe tannins and bright fruit. Vivid acidity. Full body, a firm and silky texture and a flavorful finish. Lots going on. Excellent follow-up to the great 2015!