Chateau Cantenac Brown 2009 – Margaux Grand Cru Classé in 1855
Blend: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot
Ageing: 15 months in oak barrels - 50% new barrels
The colour is deep, dark purple, on the palate the wine is full bodied with rich red and black berry flavours, shows great freshness with a superb velvety tannin structure, very well balanced, with a long flavourful finish, a truly exceptional vintage.
The budburst was fast and spread over the first two weeks of April. The flowering of the Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon took place in late May in very good weather conditions. The « Véraison » "the onset of ripening" started on July 24th for the Merlot and July 31st for the Cabernet. The months of August, September and October were truly exceptional. The temperature differences during days and nights were an important factor with cool nights and hot days, perfect for good maturity. The warm summer climate remained until early October, then the temperature dropped suddenly with a morning frost on October 16th and 18th.
The harvest started with picking the Merlot from September 23rd – October 3rd. Cabernet Franc on October 7th. The weather was very much on our side throughout the picking season. The Cabernets Sauvignons were beautifully ripe, harvested from October 8th–15th.
John-Lewis Brown (1769-1851) acquired the estate in the early 19th century and decided to build in the village of Cantenac, a Tudor style chateau reminiscent of his Scottish origins.The building is one of the most unusual in Médoc region and is surrounded by a remarkable English-style ground.The quality of the wine was acknowledged in the 1855 classification, when Château Cantenac Brown was included into the growths.The Bordeaux wine-merchant and owner of several estates in the Médoc, Louis Armande Lalande (1820-1894), extended the building, keeping the same architecture. A hundred fifty years later, the Simon Halabi family has given a new impetus to this estate with a British atmosphere which they are determined to raise to the very highest level.
José Sanfins presently manages Château Cantenac-Brown and does his utmost to make the best of the magnificent terroir, lavishing the greatest of care and attention on the soil and the vines, along with great respect for the environment. This meticulous attention to detail continues in the cellar, where everything possible is done to produce an exceptional wine.Chateau Cantenac Brown - Official Website