2014 Cantenac Brown, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)
The 2014 Cantenac Brown is very pretty. A model of total understatement, the 2014 stands out for its terrific overall balance. All the elements are in the right place. Sweet red stone fruit, iron, tobacco and cedar are woven into the silky, exquisitely layered finish. Tasted twice. (AG)
A silky red with fine tannins and a beautiful core of ripe fruit. Medium to full body, fine tannins. Polished already.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Château Cantenac Brown 2014 is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot. It has a feisty nose compared to its mild-mannered Margaux neighbors: perfumed dark cherries dallying with incense and iris. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, moderate depth of fruit, a little grippy with some lovely tarry notes developing towards the finish that has more substance than intimated by the aromatics. It needs to flesh out during élevage, but presuming it does, this could be a spicy Margaux that will give 15 to 20 years of pleasure. (NM)
Barrel Sample. While the wood is showing strongly, with assertive toast and caramel tones, the wine also has plenty of blackberry fruit flavor and lifting acidity that gives great freshness to the wine now and promises successful aging potential. (RV)
Very refined, featuring alluring currant and blackberry fruit that glides along the supple structure, with iron and light espresso hints filling in on the finish. (JM)
Dark crimson. Floral nose. Quite delicate and full of elderberry flavour. Quite chunky tannins. Solid stuff. Tannins dominate at the moment and may always be a little heavy for the fruit.