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Chateau Cantenac Brown 2021
Château: Chateau Cantenac Brown 2021

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Vinous 90-92/100

The 2021 Cantenac Brown has an open, expressive bouquet of tobacco-tinged red fruit and well-integrated oak. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, light red berry fruit mixed with sage and cedar, and perhaps a very slight herbal element on the finish. Winemaker José Sanfins has crafted a fine-boned Cantenac Brown, one that is more suited to early drinking than recent vintages. Neal Martin

James Suckling 92-93

A firm and chewy red with notes of currants, bark, tea leaves and walnut husk. Medium-bodied, firm, ripe and compact. Pretty, clear fruit. Blackcurrants. 73% cabernet sauvignon and 27% merlot.

Decanter 93/100

Perfumed black cherries and raspberries on the nose. Lovely sculpting, you get waves of juicy, bright, red summer berries and just-ripe red cherries with creamy, chalky edges. Tannins are present and linger on the tongue, gently gripping the flavours. This has great character, not too dense nor expansive, but good definition, energy and classicism with slate and crushed stone. Touch of bitter black chocolate marks the finish which is extremely attractive. Excellent job from winemaker José Sanfins. Georgie Hindle

Wine Advocate 92-94

The 2021 Cantenac Brown is another fine effort from a Margaux estate that's been on something of a roll of late. Unwinding in the glass with notions of cassis, wild berries, loamy soil and cigar box, it's medium to full-bodied, layered and seamless, with good concentration, lively acids and a nicely defined finish. José Sanfins and his team opted to wait to pick the estate's Cabernet Sauvignon between the fourth and 12th of October, and that appears to have paid off. The blend is 73% Cabernet Sauvignon and 27% Merlot, and just over half the estate's production went into the grand vin. William Kelley