Cantenac Brown 2005


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Tasting Notes

Although the new owners were responsible for finishing this wine, serious Bordeaux lovers will have to wait for the 2006 to fully experience their uncompromising efforts. The dark, ruggedly built, rustic, angular 2005 exhibits an impressively saturated color along with aromas of charcoal smoke and black fruits. Aggressive, astringent tannins and noticeable acidity are found in this charmless, full-throttle, monolithic Margaux. It will require serious cellaring, but I do not believe the tannins and high acids will ever be fully resolved. Time will tell. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030

Score: 87+Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (176), April 2008

This estate has finally changed hands so hopefully the new owners will be able to build more charm into this ruggedly constructed, rustic Margaux that rarely lives up to its potential. The dark ruby/purple-tinged 2005 is an angular, hard effort possessing serious weight, but also a boatload of tannin. I doubt if any finesse will ever emerge from this monolithic wine. Give it 5-6 years of cellaring, keep your fingers crossed, and drink it over the following 15 years.

Score: 87/88Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (170), April 2007

As always, the 2005 is a ruggedly constructed, tough, tannic effort revealing attractive, earthy, black currant fruit intermixed with notions of herbs and new oak. A steely, slightly austere, medium-bodied, concentrated, firmly structured Margaux, it will require 3-4 years of bottle age. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2018.

Score: 87/89Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (164), April 2006

Score: 91James Suckling,, February 2008

Score: 89/91James Suckling,, March 2006

Tasted blind. Tight and focused on the nose. Youthful with marked tannins. Not yet ready. But it should all fall into place.
Drink 2018-2030

Score: 16.5Jancis Robinson MW,, March 2017

Very dark. Pretty ripe - borderline brett. Very sweet, black cherry aromas but fleshy and hedonistic with the tannins reasonably mature and fresh. Good wine in modern idiom

Score: 17Jancis Robinson MW,, February 2009

Very dark crimson. Sweet, ripe elderberry nose - some floral aspects to it. Quite gentle and well-mannered. Definitely on the sweet side of classic Médoc wine. Fine tannins quite well hidden underneath. Very dry finish. Serviceable stuff. I'm thinking airlines... Certainly not too obviously alcoholic. Drink 2015-25

Score: 16.5Jancis Robinson MW,, April 2006

Good ruby-red. Blackberry, cassis and a dusty note on the nose. Sweet on entry, then quite firm in the middle, with black fruit, licorice and menthol flavors currently dominated by firm acidity, an element of fruity pepper and solid tannins. Not an easy style, but there's good intensity here.

Score: 88+Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, June 2008

Big wine, solidly extracted, with fragrance above the ripe cassis fruit, plummy and fleshy with satisfying roundness. Drink 2009-18

Score: 16Steven Spurrier, Decanter Magazine, April 2006

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