2020 Cantenac Brown Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 1.5L
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VN 97 WE 97 JD 96 JL 96 JS 95 DC 94 JA 94 WA 94 WS 94
VN 97

Vinous, February 2023

The 2020 Cantenac Brown is a knock-out. A Margaux of towering intensity, the 2020 is dense and vertical at the same time. It's a combination that works so well. Dark cherry, plum, chocolate, new leather, licorice and...
WE 97

Wine Enthusiast,

(95-97 points) Barrel Sample. This grand estate that recently changed hands has produced a seriously promising wine. Bold black fruits and dark tannins are just beginning a fine interplay, reinforced by the wine's...
JD 96

jebdunnuck.com, March 2023

The 2020 Château Cantenac Brown showed beautifully and is a serious, concentrated, powerful Margaux that's going to need bottle age. Ripe blackcurrants, toasty oak, ripe tobacco, and dried flower notes all define the...
JL 96

TheWineCellarInsider.com, March 2023

Deep, dark and rich, the wine is packed from start to finish with layers of lush, polished, ripe, sweet, pure, black and dark red fruits, flowers, espresso, hints of chocolate and oceanic influences. There is a beautiful...
JS 95

jamessuckling.com, December 2022

Plenty of blackberry, spice, iron and crushed lead pencil aromas follow through to a full body with chewy, velvety tannins and a rather cool side to it. Crushed stone and slate undertones. Try after 2026.
DC 94

Decanter, February 2023

Juicy, succulent and supple, this has lovely bright energy and impact straight away. Tannins are on the chalky mineral side, mouthcoating, but with a salty tang so they don't appear too ripe, heavy or rustic, but give...
JA 94

janeanson.com, January 2023

Consistently impressive Margaux estate, not the most exuberant of wines in this vintage, with a serious tannic structure that hides understated power. There is a lot to enjoy here, and a ton of ageing potential, with...
WA 94

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2023

(94+ points) A fine follow-up to the excellent 2019, the 2020 Cantenac Brown incorporates newly acquired holdings of Cabernet Sauvignon from the plateau of Margaux. Unwinding in the glass with aromas of cherries, cassis...
WS 94

Wine Spectator, November 2022

Ripe, rounded and suave in feel, with alluring waves of cassis and dark cherry reduction laced with sandalwood, black tea and violet notes. Broad, velvety and perfumed through the finish, with a subtle sanguine hint...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Margaux
Vintage 2020
Size 1.5L
Percent alcohol 13.5%
Closure Cork

Allow me to introduce you to the exquisite 2020 Cantenac Brown, a Bordeaux Blend from the renowned Margaux region in France. This wine is a true masterpiece, capturing the essence of its terroir and showcasing the exceptional craftsmanship of Cantenac Brown.

In the glass, the wine displays an inviting deep red color, hinting at its richness and complexity. The nose is greeted by an array of captivating aromas, including luscious blackberries, exotic spices, notes of iron, and a touch of crushed lead pencil. These aromas intertwine harmoniously, creating an alluring bouquet that entices the senses.

On the palate, the wine reveals its full-bodied nature, accompanied by chewy, velvety tannins that add depth and texture. The cool side of this wine emerges, accompanied by crushed stone and slate undertones, showcasing the unique characteristics of the Margaux terroir. The balance between power and elegance is striking, with each sip delivering a symphony of flavors that dance on the palate.

The 2020 Cantenac Brown has received high praise from esteemed wine critics. James Suckling awarded it an impressive 95 points, commending its blackberry notes, spice, and velvety tannins. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate also bestowed a score of 94+, hailing it as the appellation's fastest-improving estate. Decanter awarded it a score of 94, praising its juicy, succulent, and supple nature, as well as its energetic acidity. Other critics, such as Jeff Leve, Jeb Dunnuck, and Vinous, were equally enamored with this wine, awarding it scores of 96 and 97, respectively.

This wine is a testament to the dedication and passion of Cantenac Brown, a producer with a rich history and a commitment to excellence. It is a wine that will continue to evolve and develop over time, with a drinking window that extends for several decades. Whether enjoyed now or cellared for future enjoyment, the 2020 Cantenac Brown is a true gem that will leave a lasting impression on any wine lover fortunate enough to experience it.