The complexity and magnitude of a large Margaux
The 2012 vintage came out of a humid growing season, and this weather made it a difficult year for the vine growers since the weather conditions exposed the grapes to the risk of disease. The estate's technical team worked tirelessly to provide nurturing daily care to the vines. This attention allowed the grapes to ripen simultaneously, and this helped the technical team select only the best grapes. The result was a harvest that started on October 1 with Merlot and finished on October 17 with Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2012 vintage proved to be a remarkable year.
With a blend dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon (65%) and complemented by Merlot (35%), Chateau Cantenac Brown 2012 offers an intense and complete experience that only the great Margaux wines know how to reveal.
The Cantenac Brown 2012 is a tremendous success that seduces with its elegant and evolving bouquet of ripe black fruit. The bouquet is punctuated with rose and violent floral notes, and enhanced with light notes of spicy vanilla. The palate is flexible, velvety and complex with a dense and tight structure. There are fine tannins without an ounce of astringency in the mouth. From the attack to the finish, the mouthfeel maintains intensity and develops a beautiful complexity marked by the fruit until the very end of the persistent finish. Full of elegance and savoriness, the Chateau Cantenac Brown 2012 will seduce and surprise the greatest lovers of Margaux!
Wine Advocate-Parker :
A rather firmly structured, masculine style of wine in 2012, with a dense, opaque ruby/purple color. The wine reveals a certain angularity, with hard tannin, but medium body and excellent purity. This is certainly a very good 2012 that should age nicely for 12-15 years.