2012 Cantenac Brown Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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REVIEWS

WE 94 DC 93 WS 93 JS 92 JL 92 VN 91
WE 94

Wine Enthusiast, April 2013

(92–94 points) 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. ROGER VOSS
DC 93

Decanter, November 2018

Still austere at this point, it is certainly serious for a 2012. It's extremely young, silky and polished, opening beautifully in the glass to reveal rich chocolate, gourmet damson and cocoa-dusted edges. An impressive...
WS 93

Wine Spectator, January 2015

This offers beguiling aromas of bergamot, roasted sandalwood and black tea, before giving way to a core of plum, blackberry and raspberry reduction notes. Best from 2017 through 2025. — J.M.
JS 92

jamessuckling.com, February 2015

This is very intense for the vintage in the Médoc with blueberry, mineral and blackcurrant character. Full and chewy. Needs two or three years to soften but already there.
JL 92

TheWineCellarInsider.com, May 2015

Earthy, tobacco, fresh, bright, crisp, cassis and dark cocoa, with a tannic, energetic, smooth finish. Read more at:https://www.thewinecellarinsider.com/wine-tasting-note/?vintage=2012&wine=Chateau%20Cantenac%20Brown
VN 91

Vinous, October 2022

The 2012 Cantenac Brown is a vintage that, oddly, I have never tasted in bottle, only in barrel. It is open-knit on the nose with blackberry, wild hedgerow, loam and light minty aromas, although it does not possess the...

WINE DETAILS

Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Margaux
Vintage 2012
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13.5%
Closure Cork

The 2012 Cantenac Brown is a Bordeaux blend from the Margaux sub-region in Bordeaux, France. Produced by Cantenac Brown, this red wine features a 13.5% alcohol content and is sealed with a cork closure. The wine has received notable praise from several professional reviewers, highlighting its distinct characteristics and aging potential.

Wine Spectator awarded this vintage a score of 93 and described it as offering "beguiling aromas of bergamot, roasted sandalwood and black tea, before giving way to a core of plum, blackberry and raspberry reduction notes." They suggest that the wine is best enjoyed between 2017 and 2025, emphasizing its aromatic complexity and layered fruit profile.

James Suckling also rated the wine highly, giving it a score of 92. He noted that it is "very intense for the vintage in the Médoc with blueberry, mineral and blackcurrant character. Full and chewy." Suckling recommends allowing the wine a few more years to soften but acknowledges its immediate appeal.

Wine Enthusiast's Roger Voss provided an excellent review, scoring it between 92 and 94 points. He described it as "a solid effort" with "great fruit and firm structure to support it," adding, "Ripe and full in the mouth, it's a firm and complex wine with a delicious juicy aftertaste."

Jeff Leve from TheWineCellarInsider.com gave the wine a score of 92, noting its "earthy, tobacco, fresh, bright, crisp, cassis and dark cocoa" flavors, finishing with a "tannic, energetic, smooth finish."

Decanter rated the wine 93 points, calling it "still austere at this point" but "certainly serious for a 2012." They highlighted its "rich chocolate, gourmet damson and cocoa-dusted edges," and advised that it needs more time to fully develop, recommending a drinking window between 2021 and 2038.

Vinous' Neal Martin provided a score of 91, describing it as "open-knit on the nose with blackberry, wild hedgerow, loam and light minty aromas." He noted its "fine depth and balance" and referred to it as a "classically-styled Margaux" that should drink well over the next 15 years.

Overall, the 2012 Cantenac Brown is a well-regarded Bordeaux blend with strong reviews praising its complexity, structure, and aging potential.