2013 Cantenac Brown, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1158942 90-92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Barrel Sample. This wine boasts ripe tannins, mint aromas and layers of new, smoky wood. It has a sense of structure that is firm and concentrated, coupled with a juicy fruit character.  (4/2014)

89-91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good full ruby. Very pure violet and black cherry aromas are fresh and lively. Sweet, lush and dense, with bright, clean, perfumed blueberry juice and blackberry compote flavors complicated by gunflint and cedar. Finishes very long and smooth, with a bright mineral overlay. Knockout stuff, and another major success from the Cantenac sector of Margaux in 2013. I believe that technical director Jose Sanfins is one of the least-known highly talented winemakers in Bordeaux, having delivered a string of truly superlative wines in the last decade or so.  (6/2014)

88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Opaque ruby/purple colored wine, this successful 2013 represents 40% of the production, with the final blend 68% Cabernet Sauvignon and 32% Merlot. For 2013, it possesses relatively robust size, and attractive black fruits intermixed with licorice and forest floor. It finishes long and the wine is substantial and intense, reflecting the ownership’s draconian-like selection and intelligent strategies for harvesting and winemaking. This wine may need several years of bottle age and keep for 10-15 or more years.  (8/2014)


 The 2013 Cantenac Brown is a pretty wine, but it is also heavily marked by oak. Rose petal, spice and mint notes add nuance on the finish. It will be interesting to see if the 2013 finds a little more balance in élevage.  (4/2014)

Wine Spectator

 Open-knit, forward plum and bing cherry notes are backed by a hint of star anise. Finish picks up some flesh and depth, with a charcoal note chiming in.  (4/2014)

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Staff Image By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/28/2014 | Send Email
Winemaker Jose Sanfins is making a very flashy, modern style wine these days. Lots of deep ripe fruits, sparkling acidity and lots of new oak.*

Staff Image By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/28/2014 | Send Email
Ripe fruit in the nose, crushed raspberry and blackberries, very soft and juicy, bright crisp acidity, fresh, maybe a tad light in middle but really nice fruit! 88-90 points.

Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/28/2014 | Send Email
*** Pleasant surprise, lots of fruit here, deep and rich berry fruit accented by notes of milk chocolate. Big, full wine.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


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- Margaux is the southern most of all of the appellations of the Haut Medoc. Located near St. Julien, it has more cru classe producers than the other four villages of the area. In addition to the legendary Chateau Margaux, there are five second-growths: Rauzan Gassies, Rauzan Seglas, Dufort-Vivens, Lascombes, and Brane Cantenac. While more people are probably familiar with the third growth Chateau Palmer, there are nine other wineries with the same ranking in addition to a trio of fourth growths and a pair of fifth growths. Because Margaux is comprised of five communes… Margaux, Cantenac, Soussans, Labardes and Arsac, the wines styles are diverse throughout the region with the more masculine tannic wines coming from the Cantenac side of the appellation. Because of a high percentage of Merlot planted in the region, many wines from Margaux are more round, feminine, and exotic that the other appellations of the Haut Medoc.