Chateau Cantenac Brown (Futures Pre-Sale) 2017
Blend: 67% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Merlot
Critical AcclaimAll Vintages
A lush wine packed with tannins and rich dark fruits, this will be dense and complex. Its solid structure is balanced with good acidity from the fruitiness. Drink from 2024
A solid core of fruit to this with blueberry and blackberry character. Plenty of chocolate as well. Medium to full body. Dense and flavorful for the vintage. Needs two or three years to come together. Better after 2021.
Barrel Sample: 91-93
Warm and seductive in feel, with velvety plum sauce, blackberry puree and incense notes all melded together, flowing through a sandalwood- and black tea–tinged finish. Nicely done for the vintage. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Drink now through 2032.
Barrel Sample: 89-92
This is an excellent Cantenac Brown, working extremely successfully with the vintage. It has precision and good flesh to the dark cassis and blackberry fruits, with layers of coffee, earth and the softest truffle notes that add complexity. Not as tightly knit as the 2016 for sure, but there is a lot to enjoy here, easy to recommend.
Barrel Sample: 90-92
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.