New owner, Syrian Simon Halabi, has instituted a severe selection process (only 35% of the production was utilized), resulting in what may be the finest Cantenac-Brown I have ever tasted. Halabi has given his staff carte blanche in order to get this estate back on track after a succession of good, but somewhat rustic, nearly overly tannic wines. The 2006 offers hints of lead pencil shavings intermixed with blueberry, blackberry, and pain grille aromas. The wine is dense, concentrated, and moderately tannic, with loads of pure fruit and medium to full body. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030.
|Score: 90/92||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (170), April 2007|
Tasted at the UGC. A very sweet, almost cloying nose lacking poise and delineation. Heavy on the oak. The palate has high extraction, lacking some poise and delineation and bereft of a sense of naturalness. Very tannic and sinewy on the mid-palate with ripe blackberry and blueberry with a finish that somehow turns it all around and ends up quite elegant! Lacking any sense of focus at the moment, this is a wine I will keep my eye upon. Tasted April 2007.
|Score: 85/87||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2007|
Impressive blackberry and mineral aromas. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a medium finish. A little hollow, but I like it.
|Score: 89/91||James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, March 2007|
Bright ruby-red. Vibrant aromas of blackberry, licorice pastille and fresh herbs. Moderately dense and juicy, with menthol and herbal nuances giving the black fruit flavors a slightly weedy aspect. But this rather firm-edged wine shows good intensity. Finishes with dusty, slightly dry tannins.
|Score: 88||Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May 2009|
Good bright red-ruby. Perfumed aromas of blackberry and spicy oak. Nicely tactile flavors of dark fruits, licorice, minerals and game lead to a distinctly firm-edged finish featuring slightly dry, oak-driven tannins. A rather Pauillac style of Margaux.
|Score: 86/88||Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, June 2008|