The greatest Cantenac Brown I have ever tasted, the 2010 is one for the ages. Dense purple, with an extraordinary nose of sweet forest floor, blackberry jam, pen ink and graphite, this wine soars from the glass, giving it an aromatic dimension and intensity I have never seen from this estate. The tannins are present, as they are in most Cantenac Browns, but the wine's sweetness, broad, skyscraper-like mouthfeel, dense, purple color and spectacular length (close to a minute) make this a giant classic and a fabulous sleeper of the vintage that still remains under-priced, considering how great its potential may be. This is a wine for those with cold cellars and youthful DNA. It is going to need at least a decade of cellaring and should last for 20-40 years. A classic!
|Score: 94+||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (205), March 2013|
One of the finest Cantenac Browns made in the last half century, the 2010 may be even more impressive than the 2009. Sweet, fat notes of blackberries, forest floor and earth emerge from this inky/purple-colored beauty. The tannins are slightly more serious and elevated than in the 2009, but the big, bold, full-bodied 2010 represents a remarkable turn around for this estate, which has now produced three straight top-flight vintages. It should drink well for 25-35 years.
|Score: 92/94+||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (194), May 2011|
The 2010 Cantenac Brown feels a little muted on the nose compared to its peers, but with modest aeration it develops very attractive, leafy black fruit, tertiary in style and beautifully defined. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, very well judged acidity and plenty of substance towards the finish. I love the cohesion and focus of this Margaux. I wrote to buy this after its impressive showing at Southwold in 2014 - yet another blind tasting confirms its pedigree. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners 10-Year On Bordeaux horizontal. Drink 2028 - 2050.
|Score: 94||Neal Martin, vinous.com, April 2020|
Tasted at the UGC tasting in London. Keep an eye on this fast-improving Margaux estate. The Cantenac Brown has a powerful nose of blackberry, tobacco and graphite - perhaps slightly autumnal in nature. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, plenty of ripe black, mineral-rich fruit and fine precision on the finish. This is a sophisticated, understated Margaux that should not be overlooked. Tasted November 2012.
|Score: 92||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, February 2013|
A blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon and 34% Merlot, the Cantenac Brown has a ripe, showy nose with succulent blackberry, cassis and plum fruit, a world away from du Tertre's more conservative style (tasted just before.) The palate is very appealing with silky smooth tannins, a lot of vanillary new oak to seduce primeur but very composed with sufficient fruit on the finish to support it. This is a seductive Cantenac Brown, very Margaux in style, floral and feminine. I cannot remember this estate producing such a fine Margaux. Tasted April 2011.
|Score: 91/93||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2011|
A wine with firm tannins that are polished and reserved yet there's an underlying richness of fruit. Plums, blueberries and citrus character. Some tar too. Juicy and delicious to taste. Try in 2016.
|Score: 94||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2013|
Chewy and structured, with ripe fruit and ripe tannins. Tar and dark fruit character. Full body. Super polished. Very Cantenac-Brown in personality. Best in a long time from here
|Score: 94/95||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2011|
Very dark. Heady black cherry aromas. Very, very sweet. And alcoholic. And a bit drying on the end - a sort of right-bank Margaux. What's the point?
|Score: 15.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2011|
66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot. Made in 60% new oak. Very modern style. Opulent with lots of sweet fruit and rounded tannins. Rich and polished. Maybe a little forced but impressive winemaking.
|Score: 15.5||Farr Vintners, April 2011|
The nose is a bit misleading as it is quite tight with the freshness of red fruits tending to hide the slightly sweeter black. The mid palate is richer with a mix of black fruits giving weight towards the back.
|Score: 87/90||Derek Smedley MW, April 2011|
|Score: 91||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2011|
Well-extracted depth of cassis fruit, ripeness and length and more elegance than robustness than usual from this château. Drink 2015-25.
|Score: 17.5||Steven Spurrier, Decanter.com, April 2011|