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Date Printed: 8/30/2014
Chateau Cantenac Brown  2005
Chateau Cantenac Brown 2005
(search item no. 94826)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The turning point vintage, blended by the new owners. This exceptional vintage has much complexity. The Grand Vin is the blend of 50% of the crop. The long and sunny harvest has been stopped several times in order to leave each grapesort reach its perfect maturity and led to the creation of a complex, balanced wine, typical of the great Margaux.

The elegance of the wine is also shown by its new label, which inspiration came from the records of the property: easier to read, more clearness to bring up all the qualities of the wines.

The nose has cherry and violet notes. Tannins are round and silky. The 2005 is fresh, with a good length in final. It's one of the greatest vintages of Château Cantenac Brown.

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About Château Cantenac Brown:

Today, the Château Cantenac Brown vineyard covers 42 hectares in the south of the Margaux appellation, mainly in the Cantenac commune. Located in the communes of Arsac, Soussans, Margaux, Cantenac and Labarde, the Margaux appellation terroirs are terraced groups of gravel, ensuring good natural drainage. Each terroir is different and produces a unique wine.

The Cantenac Brown soil is typical Medoc gravel. This beautiful, brilliant quartz, formerly called "Medoc diamonds" reflects the sun's rays onto the grapes by day and then releases the heat stored during the day to warm the grapes by night. Cabernets, in particular Cabernet Sauvignons, do well in this soil. They produce fine wines, with an intense bouquet, which are suitable for aging. Merlot, with which they are blended, provides color, richness and smoothness.