2005 Chateau Cantenac Brown Margaux
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57 Ratings
2005 Chateau Cantenac Brown Margaux

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The turning point vintage, blended by the new owners. This exceptional vintage has much complexity. The Grand Vin is the blend of 50% of the crop. The long and sunny harvest has been stopped several times in order to leave each grapesort reach its perfect maturity and led to the creation of a complex, balanced wine, typical of the great Margaux. The elegance of the wine is also shown by its new label, which inspiration came from the records of the property: easier to read, more clearness to brin...

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The turning point vintage, blended by the new owners. This exceptional vintage has much complexity. The Grand Vin is the blend of 50% of the crop. The long and sunny harvest has been stopped several times in order to leave each grapesort reach its perfect maturity and led to the creation of a complex, balanced wine, typical of the great Margaux. The elegance of the wine is also shown by its new label, which inspiration came from the records of the property: easier to read, more clearness to brin...

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    Deep ruby color with some rim variation. Complex and enticing nose of blackberries, concentrated cherries, cassis, meat drippings, and chocolate. Flavors of the same with coffee grounds and mild old. Long, lingering finish with medium-low tannins, medium acids, low alcohol. Ready to drink now but could cellar for an additional 5 years. Paired perfectly with red meat. Benefits from short decanting.

    about 4 years
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  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    Like its immediate neighbor reviewed directly above, this wine from the western edge of the commune has come equally blunt and even drier than its mate. Its fruit has almost no "Margaux" center, and its tannic edges are far too grippy and gritty for the little vitality that accompanies it hard edges.
  • Wine Advocate
    Rating: (87-89) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 164 on Apr-06
  • Robert Parker