Chateau Cantenac Brown 3eme Cru Classé, Margaux 2012


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“Château Cantenac Brown is without doubt one of the most original buildings in the Médoc. John-Lewis Brown, bought a vineyard in the village of Cantenac at the begining of the 19th Century and built a traditional Tudor style château to remind him of his Scottish origins. The estate quickly passed out of his family but his name is forever linked to the château. Today Cantenac Brown has 42 hectares of vineyard is 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. Cabernets in particular do well in this soil, they produce fine wines with intense bouquets which are suitable for ageing. 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.”


the double guyot trained vines are meticulously cared for throughout the year, with pruning, removal of buds, leaves and secondary shoots, thinning out and controlled yields. the vineyard is managed using sustainable agriculture. strictly plant-based fertilisers are applied in moderation. the cantenac brown team uses traditional soil maintenance techniques to enhance the structural, chemical and biological properties of the soil. the soil is predominantly gravelly soil, with clay and sand.


The grapes were harvested by hand, manually sorted and then destemmed. Maceration lasted for between 15 to 20 days. Fermentation was carried out in thermo regulated stainless steel vats for 15 days at 29 to 30°C. Malolactic fermentation took place in oak barrels and vats. The wine was then aged in French oak barrels, of which 60% were new and 40% one year old, for a period of 15 to 18 months, with racking every three months. Fining was by egg whites.


Despite the difficulties of the cool year, the Chateau was blessed with beautiful fruit following concentrated work in the vineyard. This wine shows a freshness of fruit from the Merlot and great colour and lovely aromas with soft and velvety tannins from the Cabernets. Classic Margaux.