Chateau Cantenac Brown 2006 Margaux
"Tasted blind at Farr Vintners' horizontal, the 2006 Cantenac Brown offers a pleasant cranberry and raspberry coulis-scented bouquet with nicely integrated oak. The palate is medium-bodied with quite high acidity, fresh in the mouth, but rather steely and it seems to miss some depth on the otherwise elegant finish.
In 1968 Cantenac Brown was sold by the well known Bordelaise, Jean Lawton to the Du Vivier family, then in 1980 to the Cognac house of Remy-Martin and then finally to AXA, the insurance conglomerate. The density of the plantation is 8,500 vines per hectare with plantings of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. Two wines are produced: Chateau Cantenac Brown and Brio de Cantenac Brown.
Chateau Cantenac Brown is a wine making property in the Margaux appellation of Bordeaux. It is classifed as a Troisiemes Crus (Third Growths) in the historic Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855. The Chateau has 104 acres (42 hectares) of vineyard planted with 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc with an average age of 35 years old. The vines are trained useing the double Guyot method and undergo de-leafing, removal of secondary shoots and green harvesting. Grapes are harvested by hand with sorting both in the vineyard and the winery. The wine is fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel vats with a meceration period of 15 to 20 days, the wine then undergoes malolactic fermentation in barriques. The resulting wine is then aged for 12 to 15 months in half and half first and second fill barrels.