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Troisième cru classé - Margaux
What are the specificities of Château Cantenac Brown?
Originally owned by the famous animal painter John Lewis Brown at the beginning of the 19th century, he renamed the estate: Cantenac-Brown.
This château had a hectic life in the 1980s. Bought out in 1987 by the Compagnie du Midi, it was taken over in 1989 by the mergers of insurance companies within the Axa Millésimes group. The financial means now available to the estate, the renovation of the cellars and the restoration of the château (now a seminar venue for the Axa Group) have revitalized this vintage. The drainage work undertaken has considerably improved the quality of the latest vintages, which are rediscovering the tenderness typical of the Margaux. What seemed to be theoretical at the beginning of the 1990s has become a reality since the 1997 vintage.
In total, the estate consists of 48 hectares of vines in Margaux. In addition to the vineyards, the large Cantenac Brown estate extends over 5 hectares of land to create a magnificent setting that would be mistaken for a park. They also maintain hives and produce their own honey.
With plots located in different parts of the appellation, the terroir is gravelly, sandy and chalky. Their closest neighbour is
The Rive Gauche vineyard offers a wine tasting composed of different grape varieties:
- Cabernet Sauvignon 65%
- Merlot 30%
- Cabernet Franc 5%
The Cantenac Brown vineyard is cultivated according to a sustainable approach in its cultivation techniques. This approach means that only plant-based fertilizers are used. Grapes are harvested plot by plot and vinification is done on a plot by plot basis.
To produce Cantenac Brown, the wine is vinified in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats of varying sizes. The Cantenac Brown wine is then aged in 60% new French oak barrels for 12 to 15 months, depending on the vintage.
Best vintages of Château Cantenac Brown: 2010, 2015, 2014, 2000, 2008
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