2013 Cantenac Brown, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.