2020 Cantenac Brown Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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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 750ML
Percent alcohol 14%
Closure Cork

Introducing the exquisite 2020 Cantenac Brown, a Bordeaux Blend hailing from the renowned Margaux sub-region in Bordeaux, France. This red wine is a true testament to the craftsmanship and dedication of the esteemed producer, Cantenac Brown. With an alcohol percentage of 14.0, this wine exudes elegance and sophistication.

In the glass, the Cantenac Brown displays a deep, ruby red color that captures the eye and hints at the complexity within. On the nose, a symphony of blackberry, spice, iron, and crushed lead pencil aromas dances harmoniously, creating a sensory experience like no other. With each swirl, the scents become more pronounced, showcasing the wine's depth and character.

Upon the first sip, the Cantenac Brown reveals its true nature. The full-bodied palate is embraced by chewy, velvety tannins that lend a luxurious texture to the wine. Layers of flavor unfold, with crushed stone and slate undertones adding a unique dimension to the wine's profile. The balance between fruit and earth elements is masterfully achieved, resulting in a rather cool and refreshing character.

Renowned critics have praised the 2020 Cantenac Brown, with James Suckling awarding it an impressive score of 95 points. He recommends enjoying this wine after 2026, allowing it to further develop and evolve. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate also commends this vintage, awarding it 94+ points and highlighting its concentration, depth, and purity of fruit. Decanter describes the Cantenac Brown as juicy, succulent, and supple, with bright energy and a chalky mineral finish.

Jeff Leve and Jeb Dunnuck both hail this wine as brilliant, with scores of 96 points. Leve praises its layers of lush, ripe fruits, while Dunnuck commends its balance, purity, and brilliant finish. Vinous goes even further, awarding a staggering 97 points, describing the Cantenac Brown as a Margaux of towering intensity with depth, concentration, and a measure of classicism.

The 2020 Cantenac Brown is a wine of immense potential and longevity. Wine Enthusiast predicts a bright future for this barrel sample, while Wine Spectator awards it 94 points and highlights its suave, rounded feel and alluring waves of cassis and dark cherry. Jane Anson, a respected wine critic, praises the wine's understated power, aging potential, and the inclusion of newly acquired vines.

Indulge in the elegance of the 2020 Cantenac Brown, a wine that embodies the spirit of Margaux. With its complex aromas, velvety texture, and impressive scores from critics, this wine is sure to captivate the senses and leave a lasting impression. Savor it now or cellar it for years to come, as it promises to evolve and delight with each passing year.