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Producer: Chateau Cantenac BrownGrape Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon 63%, Merlot 25%, Cabernet Franc 12%Optimum Drinking: Within 15 yearsWine Style: Smooth complex redAlcohol by Volume: 13%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: France
Cantenac Brown possesses a vineyard of 42 hectares in the heart of the Margaux appellation, principally in the commune of Cantenac in the South of the appellation. The Margaux appellation terroirs are terraced groups of gravel, ensuring good drainage. The Cantenac Brown soil is typical Médoc gravel. This beautiful, brilliant quartz, formerly called the ‘Médoc Diamonds' reflects the sun's rays on the grapes by day and then releases the heat stored during the day to warm the grapes by night. Cabernets in particular do well in this soil, they produce fine wines with intense bouquet, which are suitable for ageing. Merlot with which they are blended provides the colour, richness and smoothness.
José Sanfins, the technical director and Hervé Martin, his vineyard manager, have installed a vineyard management system known as La Lutte Raisonnée which aims to limit chemical treatments and use natural products as much as possible.
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon 63%, Merlot 25%, Cabernet Franc 12%
Soil: Gravelly soil
Vinification: Traditional vinification under controlled temperature in stainless steel vats. Maceration during 3 weeks. Malolactic fermentation in barrels and in vats. Ageing in French oak barrels during 12 months (25% new barels, 75% one year barrels)
Taste: The second wine of Chateau Cantenac Brown, this wine is velvety and smooth with classic cedar and some chocolate hints.
This is an excellent vintage which can be drunk now or will pay rewards if it is kept for up to twelve years from vintage.
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