Peter Maude Fine Wines
2020, Château Cantenac Brown, MARGAUX, 3éme Grand Cru Classé
$82.80 inc. GST
Bordeaux Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Deep ruby colour. Ripe cherry, toasted spices, baked vanilla and fresh blackcurrant on the nose. The palate is slick and polished, black fruit intertwining with fresher red cherry. The tannins are ripe but // The 2020 Cantenac Brown has quite a precocious bouquet of macerated small black cherries, blueberry, touches of cassis and violet, all very generous and seductive in style. The palate is beautifully balanced and extremely pure, offering succulent ripe tannins, perfectly judged acidity and layers of blueberry, Dorset plum, crushed stone and light graphite notes toward the finish, which has just the right amount of salinity. This is a sophisticated and quite cerebral Margaux in a series of excellent recent releases from the estate. Highly recommended. 94-96 Neal Martin, Vinous.
Fantastic depth of fruit with layers of firm, chewy tannins that are medium-grained and long in the mouth. Full and dynamic. One of the best ever. 96-97 James Suckling. Punchy red berry fruit, lavender, spice, mint and rose petal abound. What I like most about the 2020 is the way it balances fruit intensity with vibrancy and energy. Cantenac Brown is shaping up to be one of the wines of the vintage. 94-97 Antonio Galloni.