2012 Cantenac Brown, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)
Barrel sample. A solid effort, this is a wine with great fruit and firm structure to support it. Ripe and full in the mouth, it’s a firm and complex wine with a delicious juicy aftertaste.
Pure, ripe and engaging, with lovely notes of floral and bergamot leading to a core of succulent plum, boysenberry and blackberry fruit. A good underpinning of iron is buried on the finish (Web Only- 2013)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Cantenac Brown, one of the most impressive Margaux I tasted, is the complete package -- from the initial attack to the layered, rich finish. Dense ruby/purple-hued with notes of licorice, mulberries, black currants, asphalt and spring flowers, this medium to full-bodied, concentrated, rich effort does not reveal an excess of rusticity or astringency. It should drink well for 10-15 years.
Solid core of berry and dried fruits on the palate with chocolate, coffee bean and spices. Full body, with chewy tannins and a long finish. Intense.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright medium ruby. Inviting aromas of blueberry, blackcurrant, dark plum and coffee, along with a strong mineral quality. The palate delivers excellent cut and precision, showing a hint of wildness to the dark berry and mineral flavors. Finishes with fine-grained tannins and refreshing acid lift, on a very pure blackcurrant note. Cantenac-Brown is riding high: starting with the 2008 vintage, I find all the wines made here to have been of outstanding quality.