2018 Cantenac Brown Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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JL 95 WE 95 DC 94 JS 94 VN 94 WS 94 JD 92 WA 92
JL 95

TheWineCellarInsider.com, March 2021

Concentrated, lush, voluptuously-textured, perfectly ripe, deep, dark opulent fruits are all over the place in the nose and on the palate. Full-bodied, velvet textured with intensity, length and richness, give this at...
WE 95

Wine Enthusiast, May 2021

Ripe black fruits shine through this balanced wine, showing strongly against a backdrop of rich, generous tannins. This estate is one to watch as it achieves the form the vineyard deserves. Expect this wine to be ready to...
DC 94

Decanter, April 2019

This is delicious, silky in texture and filled with luscious black fruits, exotic spiced liquorice and sweet blackberry. Touches of grilled cedar and just a trace of heat appear at the final furlong, along with a hint of...
JS 94

jamessuckling.com, January 2021

Rich and polished aromas of blueberry, lavender, dark chocolate, hazelnut and sweet tobacco. It’s full-bodied with firm, velvety tannins. Creamy layers of ripe fruit and wood. Long and caressing. Lovely ripe fruit in the...
VN 94

Vinous, October 2022

The 2018 Cantenac Brown, which I had recently tasted as part of my horizontal, here replicates that performance. Very pure on the nose, perhaps a little more opulence than the previous bottle, this is beautifully defined...
WS 94

Wine Spectator, January 2021

Shows a touch of dark earth out front, with a mix of smoldering tobacco, espresso crema and singed alder notes before the core of warmed plum and blackberry reduction flavors finally starts to unwind. Just a touch burly...
JD 92

jebdunnuck.com, March 2021

A classic, elegant Margaux based on roughly 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot (I don't know the exact blend), the 2018 Château Cantenac Brown offers up a pretty perfume of red and black currants, sandalwood, dried...
WA 92

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, March 2021

(92+ points) The 2018 Cantenac Brown has a medium to deep garnet-purple color, wafting gently out of the glass with fragrant scents of redcurrant jelly, Morello cherries, plum preserves and fresh blackcurrants, plus...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Margaux
Vintage 2018
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13.5%
Closure Cork

The 2018 Cantenac Brown, a Bordeaux Blend from the esteemed Margaux sub-region of Bordeaux, France, is a noteworthy wine that has garnered significant praise from a range of professional reviewers. This vintage, produced by Cantenac Brown, is a red wine sealed with a cork and contains 13.5% alcohol.

James Suckling awards this wine a commendable 94 points, noting its "rich and polished aromas of blueberry, lavender, dark chocolate, hazelnut, and sweet tobacco." He describes it as "full-bodied with firm, velvety tannins" and praises its "creamy layers of ripe fruit and wood." Suckling suggests that it will reach its peak from 2024.

Wine Enthusiast's Roger Voss is even more enthusiastic, giving it 95 points. He highlights the "ripe black fruits" and "rich, generous tannins," mentioning that this estate is "one to watch" as it continues to improve. Voss predicts that the wine will be ready to drink from 2026 onwards.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate provides a slightly more restrained score of 92+, but still praises the wine's "medium to deep garnet-purple color" and its "fragrant scents of redcurrant jelly, Morello cherries, plum preserves, and fresh blackcurrants." She describes the palate as "medium-bodied" with a "sturdy frame of grainy tannins and plenty of freshness."

Jeff Leve of The Wine Cellar Insider also awards the wine 95 points, describing it as "concentrated, lush, and voluptuously textured." He emphasizes its "intensity, length, and richness," and recommends aging it for at least seven years, suggesting it will be a "gorgeous wine for the following two decades."

Decanter gives it a score of 94, calling it "delicious" and "silky in texture," with "luscious black fruits, exotic spiced liquorice, and sweet blackberry." They note that the wine has "an impressive construction" and a "sense of bursting out of its borders."

Vinous's Neal Martin also gives it 94 points, highlighting its "very pure" nose and "beautifully defined" palate. He describes it as "quintessential Margaux" and praises its "great tension towards the finish."

Wine Spectator's J.M. echoes these sentiments with another 94-point score, noting its "mix of smoldering tobacco, espresso crema, and singed alder notes" and suggesting that "time will likely add that last bit of refinement."

Lastly, Jeb Dunnuck awards the wine 92 points, calling it a "classic, elegant Margaux" with a "pretty perfume of red and black currants, sandalwood, dried flowers, and cedar pencil." He mentions its "fine tannins" and "wonderfully balanced, classical style."

In summary, the 2018 Cantenac Brown is a highly regarded wine, praised for its rich aromas, balanced structure, and potential for aging. It is recommended to be cellared for a few more years to fully appreciate its complex flavors and textures.