2009 Chateau Cantenac Brown, 3rd Growth Margaux (12 x Bottle)

France Bordeaux

The 2009 Cantenac Brown repeats the solid showing six years ago. It has a clean and precise, very focused bouquet with intense blackberry and bilberry fruit, hints of sandalwood and mint emerging with time. This is very elegant. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, a fine bead of acidity, taut and linear with real precision and grace towards the finish. Lovely touches of Asian spice linger on the aftertaste. What a superb Margaux. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners’ 2009 Bordeaux tasting.

2009 Chateau Cantenac Brown, 3rd Growth Margaux (12 x Bottle)

The 2009 Cantenac Brown repeats the solid showing six years ago. It has a clean and precise, very focused bouquet with intense blackberry and bilberry fruit, hints of sandalwood and mint emerging with time. This is very elegant. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, a fine bead of acidity, taut and linear with real precision and grace towards the finish. Lovely touches of Asian spice linger on the aftertaste. What a superb Margaux. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners’ 2009 Bordeaux tasting.

France Bordeaux

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Vinous

The 2009 Cantenac Brown repeats the solid showing six years ago. It has a clean and precise, very focused bouquet with intense blackberry and bilberry fruit, hints of sandalwood and mint emerging with time. This is very elegant. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, a fine bead of acidity, taut and linear with real precision and grace towards the finish. Lovely touches of Asian spice linger on the aftertaste. What a superb Margaux. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners’ 2009 Bordeaux tasting.

93 Points / Drinking 2020 - 2045

By Neal Martin / March 2019

Vinous

Full ruby-red. Brooding aromas of blackberry, espresso and licorice complicated by truffley underbrush. Then intensely flavored, juicy and tight, dominated today by its firm tannic spine and sound acidity. Quite primary in a positive way, this rather backward wine may merit a 90-point rating with five or six years of cellaring.

89+ Points

By Stephen Tanzer / December 2014

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

Tasted twice in Bordeaux, I must say that whatever was shown to me in cask certainly did not appear to be performing as well from bottle. It could be just that the wine has closed down, but I had thought this was an extraordinary wine and one of the big time sleepers of the vintage. The tannins have taken hold, and although the wine is still outstanding, any hopes of achieving a mid-90 point score, as I had hoped, seem highly questionable. Dense ruby/purple with notes of graphite, blackberries and forest floor, the wine is full-bodied, powerful, excruciatingly tannic and closed, and that may be why it’s not showing as well as I predicted. Certainly, this was the biggest discrepancy between barrel and bottle that I saw in the vintage, but the wine is still outstanding, just not profound. It will be interesting to revisit this wine in a number of years. Forget it for 7-8 years and drink it over the following 30.

90 Points / Drinking 2019 - 2049

By Robert M. Parker, Jr. / February 2012