1855-classified Grand Cru
Château Cantenac Brown
The soul of a great terroir, a radiant, full-bodied, velvety wine for keeping. It stands out by its fresh fruit flavours, its density and its very fine tannins. Its best vintages express freshness, an elegant bouquet of red and black fruits, with opulence and tension on the finish, and spicy undertones.
2019
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006

2019

2019 Vintage
An amazing vintage to welcome the le Lous family.


Harvest

The bet is won! Harvest was split over 4 weeks with great conditions despite cloudy periods. The blends with the presence of Tristan Le Lous, have been refined. The first tasting shows a vintage with a lot of class, freshness, density, with present and velvety tannins.

Informations

Varietals
68% Cabernet Sauvignon
32% Merlot

Aging
French oak barrels
60% new oak barrels
40% one-year-old barrels

Harvest proportion
51% Château Cantenac Brown

Harvest dates
Merlot: Sept. 18th to 21rst, 23rd – 25th to 27th & 30th
Cabernet Franc: October 1rst
Cabernet Sauvignon: Oct. 2nd to 5th – 7th to 9th

Year 2019

The 2019 year started under the rain with warm winter temperatures. As a consequence, the budburst took place 15 days sooner than usual. Flowering happened with slightly low temperatures and few rainy days caused flower abortion and millerandage.

On the other hand, these precipitations were beneficial at the beginning of summer and helped us to handle July’s temperatures. During veraison, the sudden dryness locked some berries; we will sort them with manual harvest or with the optical sorting table.

The end of summer was cooler allowing the vineyard to rest. Some showers at the beginning of September arrived right on time to swell the berries … and our hopes. The harvest date of each plot is the key for this vintage. Regarding the choices we made during the season (leaf removal, plots’ age, soil composition, weather condition …), harvest choice is also crucial and requires a daily control in the vines.

Each day, we walk miles and taste hundreds of berries in order to establish the harvest plan adapted to our plots.

We harvested the whites while keeping an eye on the reds! So fresh mornings the first days of September were perfect for two reasons: the white of Cantenac Brown had been harvested in perfect conditions and in the meantime the ripeness of the red grapes evolved phenomenally. Since the first analysis, merlot and cabernet sauvignon show remarkable polyphenols.

The first harvest day was set on September 18th for the youngest vines. Enough time to get the team ready and then wait until the end of the month to harvest the great merlot and beginning of October for the cabernet sauvignon.

2018

2018 Vintage
A child of the rain and sun …


Harvest

Before the harvest, the contrast of hot days and cold nights was wonderful favoring aromatic and phenolic concentration. In a few words: a dream harvest! More than 4 weeks of idyllic conditions and plots with perfect maturity. Berries were small. Thick and matured skins released a deep color. The maturity of the pips, brown almost dark, round, long and fresh tannins show how great this vintage is.

Informations

Varietals
69% Cabernet Sauvignon
28% Merlot
3% Cabernet Franc

Aging
French oak barrels
60% new oak barrels
40% one-year-old barrels

Harvest proportion
56% Château Cantenac Brown

Harvest dates
Merlot: Septembre 18th – 28th
Cabernet Franc: October 1rst
Cabernet Sauvignon: Oct. 2nd – 11th

Year 2018

2018 a tough miracle…

Before 2018, « oceanic climate » was a broad meteorological concept made of different nuances. In 2018, from spring to the beginning of summer, this oceanic climate joined the vineyard to remind us of its main characteristic: high humidity spread over the entire season.

After a complicated start of the season, nobody would have thought we would get such an amazing vintage. Once again, our job has been rewarded.

For many years now, we are very active in the vineyard and we opt for preventive measures, debbuding, leaf removal and removal of secondary shoots. Everything is set up to work in good conditions.

In 2018, we had to work harder than usual and double our teams to keep it up. In 8 days, we had to de-bud and remove leaves from more than 500 000 vines.

Mid-July, grapes were perfect and were only waiting for the sun to start ripening. The heat from the end of July to the end of August, given the water resources present, allowed evolution without stress. The veraison was slowly homogeneous, the maturity was smooth.

2018 is an unprecedented vintage of great quality, all varietals showing a perfect maturity, mixing concentration, roundness, and balance.

2017

2017 Vintage


Harvest

The crop started progressively mid-September. We began with the plants and seedlings. Then we prepared ourselves to harvest the old vines at good maturity. 2017 will remain in the memories as the vintage of the frost but 2017 is above all an early vintage with a regular and fast flowering and a homogeoues veraison. The great terroirs gave great grapes. Very early, bunches presented a remarkable wealth in anthocyans ; juices are fresh and colored. Merlots are plumps and gourmands. Cabernets reveal complex aromas.

Informations

Varietals
67% Cabernet Sauvignon
33% Merlot

Aging
French oak barrels
60% new oak barrels
40% one-year-old barrels

Harvest proportion
54% Château Cantenac Brown

Harvest dates
Merlot: Sept. 14th – 21 rst
Cabernet Franc: Sept 26th
Cabernet Sauvignon: Sept. 27th – Oct. 2nd

Year 2017

AfteracoldJanuarymonth,FebruaryandMarchwerequitemildandthebudburstwasfastandhomogeneous.Thevintagebegantolookpromising; April was particularly beautiful, with important thermal amplitudes. The wind shifted to the North. At dawn of April 27th and 28th, the sky was perfectly clear and temperatures fell below 0°C (32F).
We are lucky; as the majority of Château Cantenac Brown vineyard did not suffer too much loss. After this climatic shock, the following months were hot, especially the end of June where a heat wave boosted the vegetation. It was a true godsend. In July and August, temperatures stayed reasonable; while the vines remained advanced compared to the thirty-year average.

Finally a vintage in 7 with a high-quality level ? The summer was slightly fresher than usual and the rains during the beginning of September removed any doubt, we will not harvest a 1947.

What a pity !

Nevertheless, the vintage has a great potential, thanks to all the attention to detail including leaf thinning, removal of secondary shoots, and even green harvest on some particular plots too overloaded.

2016

Vintage 2016
A stressful year yields an extremely rare vintage.


Harvest

From the first rainy days of mid-September, the grapes are gleaming, the ripening is accelerating, and the sun bathed berries are healthy and sound, allowing us to perform our harvest to a slow and precise rhythm with no stress ! (14 days in 5 weeks). Extraction is easy, color and tannin develop with little effort. The grape seeds taste of hazelnut, and the berries are perfectly ripened ! All the elements to an exceptional vintage unite. From a beautiful flowering, to a long ripening time on all varietals, we had a healthy harvest due to radiant sun during the day paired with cool nights. Perfect alcohol, acidity, and round tannins: the balance is there. It’s harmonious and natural, without excess. Truly a rare vintage.

Informations

Varietals
68% Cabernet Sauvignon
32% Merlot

Aging
French oak barrels
60% new oak barrels
40% one-year-old barrels

Harvest proportion
49% Château Cantenac Brown

Harvest dates
Merlot: Sept. 23rd – 29th to 27th & 30th
Cabernet Franc: October 3rd – 4th
Cabernet Sauvignon: Oct. 10th – 19th

Year 2016

After a rather dry and warmwinter, the beginning of the growing season is rainy through June, giving way to a dry and hot summer. Bud-break took place in mid-March, and this slow, yet stable growth allowed us to forecast a late harvest. Thankfully, June revealed itself as perfect for a complete and rapid flowering on the Merlots, a little slower on the Cabernets, but with beautiful ripening overallon all varietals.

June through September proved beautiful weather, almost too hot, but never reaching heatwaves. Also, even if some of the younger vines may have suffered, the older, more estbalished ones continue to ripen, thanks to high water tables. Balance is there, this slight «block» at the end of August reduced alcohol content.
However, rain in mid-September along with beautiful sunny days and cool nights, allowed us to maintain great freshness with exceptional polyphenolic richness.

2015

2015 Vintage


Harvest

Berries were healthy and the maturity was there. Good timing for harvest is the key: Not too early, not too late, not too ripe. We decided to harvest grapes when they would develop “red berry” flavors not “black berry” ones: tannins had to be nicely ripe, alcohol content needed to be balanced, not too high, and acidity was to be tasted but not too high. Maybe all of that seems logical, but we know how lucky we have been to decide the ideal ripeness of our berries without constraint.

Informations

Varietals
61% Cabernet Sauvignon
39% Merlot

Aging
16 months in French oak barrels
60% new oak barrels
40% one-year-old barrels

Harvest proportion
51% Château Cantenac Brown

Harvest dates
Merlot: Sept. 17th – 24th
Cabernet Franc: October 1rst
Cabernet Sauvignon: Sept. 28th – Oct 8th

Year 2015

Beginning in the spring, temperatures were warmer than average. At the end of May, floweringwas fast and homogeneous. In June and July, the warm temperatures led to a slow growing season, which stopped early. Conditions were similar to those in the best vintages.
In August, rains were on time to complete the “véraison” that had started by the end of July.

In September, the difference of temperatures between cool nights and warm days, with the addition of brief rains helped reach a perfect ripening.
We decided to harvest grapes when they would develop “red berry” flavors not “black berry” ones : Tannins had to be nicely ripe, alcohol content needed to be balanced, not too high, and acidity was to be tasted but not too high.

2015 was a bright and cool year with perfect weather conditions, giving our wines wide aromatic potential, with fine and‘’ round tannins.

2014

2014 Vintage

Tasting notes

The color is very deep, almost black, sign of a great substance and a beautiful ripeness? The nose is a blend between red and black fruits, such as blackcurrants or blackberries, cherry or redcurrant. The roasted notes wrap the whole in a savory way. The wine is full-body, opulent and rich. It coats the palate delicately. The length of this wine doesn’t have an end, what a fantastic finish! The still very young wine has excellent dispositions to age 2024-2044

Informations

Varietals
65% Cabernet Sauvignon
35% Merlot

Aging
15 months in French oak barrels
60% new oak barrels
40% one-year-old barrels

Harvest proportion
50% Château Cantenac Brown

Harvest dates
Merlot: Sept. 25th – Oct. 1rst
Cabernet Sauvignon: Oct. 7th to 15th

Year 2014

After quite a warm and rainy winter, an early budburst, and a fast and homogeneous flowering, cautious vine-growers and winemakers experienced a slow «veraison». Once again the weather was good to us: all seasonal vineyard tasks in the first part of the year that are now part of our usual routine (such as getting rid of base bud shoots, leaf pruning, “échardage” (i.e. getting rid of laterals shoots specifically located in the cluster area), green harvest, could not compensate for the cool temperatures of the beginning of the summer. We began to doubt that we could produce a wine as great as vintage 2014. We desperately needed more sun and warmer temperatures…

From the end of August, average temperatures came back to normal, and a very hot and sunny September led to mature grapes and soft tannins, thanks to a sound and healthy vineyard. Hence, a harvest of high quality. When the grapes are harvested, the cellar is working on the blend in order to find the best synergy between the vats and the plots.

2013

2013 Vintage

Testing notes

Deep and shiny color. The nose is open with hints of red berries. The wine is harmonious on the palate with elegant and delicate tannins. The wine is easy to taste and drink. Even if it is still young and with a medium aging potential, it is already pleasant and could be enjoyed in 2 to 5 years. 2017-2023

Informations

Varietals
68% Cabernet Sauvignon
32% Merlot

Aging
14 months in French oak barrels
60% new oak barrels
40% one-year-old barrels

Harvest proportion
40% Château Cantenac Brown

Harvest dates
Merlot: Sept. 27th – Oct. 2nd
Cabernet Sauvignon: Oct. 3rd to 10th

Year 2013

In recent years, we have forgotten what a « normal » vintage means. In one way or another, Mother Nature’s excesses have become the new standard. 2013 is a perfect example. Weather conditions in the first half of the year, week after week, dampened our natural optimism : late budbreak, cold, rainy, dreary spring, very difficult weather conditions during the flowering. Beginning of July, summer suddenly shows up. Temperatures soar. The vine doesn’t suffer however, as it finds plenty of water in the soil. But the sun is generous, and our morale is up. We deleaf, we do « échardage », and we work with precision in the vineyard.

Nonetheless, cooler temperatures in August prevent the vines from catching up. We hope for a warm and sunny indian summer which makes great vintages. Humidity in September decides otherwise. The low yields turn an evil into a blessing. This small crop of well aerated grapes has benefited from its poor conditions. This is in part what saved the vintage.

2012

2012 Vintage

Tasting notes

Nice and deep color. The nose is intense, complex and delicate. The aromas are roasted with red fruits, blackcurrant, blackberry but also licorice completing the combination. On the palate, the wine is tight without excess, juicy and voluptuous. It deserves to age a few more years. 2017-2035

Informations

Varietals
65% Cabernet Sauvignon
35% Merlot

Aging
14 months in French oak barrels
60% new oak barrels
40% one-year-old barrels

Harvest proportion
53% Château Cantenac Brown

Harvest dates
Merlot: Oct. 1rst – 12th
Cabernet Sauvignon: Oct. 8th – 17th

Year 2012

At first, the 2012 vintage was to be difficult: whether our oceanic climate would have been forgotten in the last few years, we’ve been definitely reminded of our location, which is indeed rather good to produce great quality wines, but sometimes also quite humid. The vineyard had seldom needed such an amount of work, and all along the season, we kept going all through the vineyard. On the first 2 weeks of July, to compete the lack of sun, over 140 people came to “écharder” 100% of the vineyard. End of August, as we wanted to definitely homogenize the maturity, it’s been decided to “clean” clusters from each single still green and pink berry, in order to only keep the best. Finally, thanks to such a precise work and naturally low yields, maturity was reached only 1 week later than usual.

Each single day, vinestock after vinestock and bunch by bunch, vintners made even better from what Mother Nature had given. Even if some rains at the end of September araised some doubts, the knowledge and experience of our technical team made it possible to keep cold blood. The work in the vineyard througout the year is very beneficial and allow us to obtain a healthy and qualitative harvest.

2011

2011 Vintage

Tasting notes

Nice and soft purple color. It has aromas of ripe fruits and a nose slightly toasted. The attack is soft, with a beautiful sensuality, a lot of elegance in this wine. Tannins are present but silky. The 2011 style is classic. It can still age many years. 2016-2030.

Informations

Varietals
67% Cabernet Sauvignon
33% Merlot

Aging
14 months in French oak barrels
60% new oak barrels
40% one-year-old barrels

Harvest proportion
50% Château Cantenac Brown

Harvest dates
Merlot: Sept 13th – 21rst
Cabernet Sauvignon: Sept 24th – 29th

Year 2011

After an early budbreak at the end of March, the unusually sunny days in April and May created a considerably advanced flowering, equally rapid for all of the grape varieties. After this early budbreak, a heat wave at the end of June unfortunately burnt some of the exposed young grape clusters. This dry weather was felt even more by extending the « veraison » time. The rain in mid July finally brought some relief to the situation.

The humidity in August slowed the maturation down and allowed us to see a better and more encouraging harvest, with a two week advance compared to the last vintages. In this time, right before harvest, we vigorously continued to prepare the harvest by cropping off all the altered grapes, only keeping the healthy and homogenous ones ready for harvest.

2010

2010 Vintage

Tasting notes

The wine is still young. The color is deep and intense. The fresh red fruits make up the majority of the aromas. Flavors are of an exceptional intensity. Discreet but yet present notes of coffee, toasted almond and toasted bread, thanks to the aging in barrels. On the palate the wine is fleshy, rich and tensed because of its youth. It is clearly an exceptional vintage. The precision of its tannins and the natural acidity of this vintage suggest a great aging potential. 2020-2040

Informations

Varietals
61% Cabernet Sauvignon
39% Merlot

Aging
16 months in French oak barrels
60% new oak barrels
40% one-year-old barrels

Harvest proportion
45% Château Cantenac Brown

Harvest dates
Merlot: Sept. 29th – Oct. 6th
Cabernet Sauvignon: Oct. 13th – 20th

Year 2010

The 2010 growing season was marked by dry weather all over the region. Winter to summer was very cold, with temperatures 2-3°C below the normal average. The weather started off mild in April, but May was much cooler. Overall, the weather has remained cool for two consecutive years, with morning frost at the point of harvest on October 18th. The solar weather patterns for the 2010 season are notable and similar those of 2009. The month of April was exceptionally warm and sunny. Both years, 2009 and 2010, had great amounts of sun, even more than the great 2005 vintage year. Our ally was the great weather, all the way though the end of harvest.

Fall gave us an Indian summer with warm days and cool nights. This year, the harvest was longer than usual, and it spread out over 5 weeks. The vinifications go very well with high alcohol level and tanins with strong potential which lead us to choose low temperature fermentations.

2009

2009 Vintage


Harvest

The wine is still in his youth, therefore purple and crimson colors dominate. Fruits aromas are exuberant with berries: strawberries and raspberries note. Tannins are present and soft with a beautiful richness. Cantenac Brown 2009 already shows well. It is the privilege of great wines and exceptional vintages: They are easy to taste young and show all the qualities for aging well. You should wait for a few years, but it is so good already… 2020-2040

Informations

Varietals
65% Cabernet Sauvignon
35% Merlot

Aging
16 months in French oak barrels
60% new oak barrels
40% one-year-old barrels

Harvest proportion
42% Château Cantenac Brown

Harvest dates
Merlot: Sept. 23rd – Oct. 3rd
Cabernet Sauvignon: Oct. 8th – 15th

Year 2009

The budburst is fast and spreads over the first two weeks of April. The flowering of Merlots and Cabernets Sauvignons is rapidly taking place in late May with some very good weather conditions.

The «Véraison » starts on July 24th for the Merlots and July 31st for the Cabernets. The months of August, September and October are truly exceptional. The temperatures differences during days and nights are often important with cool nights and hot days, perfect for a good maturity.

The summer’s climate remains until early October, then the temperatures drop quickly with morning frost on October 16th and 18th. The grapes are beautiful for the harvest. The grapes have reached a perfect maturity with red berries intense flavours. The weather is on our side throughout the picking season, which allows us to apprehend the harvest serenely.

2008

2008 Vintage

Tasting notes

Nice color, very deep. First, fruits come with berries and black cherries aromas.Then roasted coffee and a slight smoky flavor get added to the wide range of aromas suggested in this wine. The attack is silky and elegant.
The wine is harmonious. The length is smooth. It’s a real pleasure but it can still age longer. 2016-2025

Informations

Varietals
60% Cabernet Sauvignon
40% Merlot

Aging
14 months in French oak barrels
60% new oak barrels
40% one-year-old barrels

Harvest proportion
33% Château Cantenac Brown

Harvest dates
Merlot: Oct. 1rst – 7th
Cabernet Sauvignon: Oct. 13th – 19th

Year 2008

The burburst has been very slow due to the cool temperatures and the rains during the whole month of April. We have had to wait until beginning of May, with the first 10 sunny days, to see a fast shoot. The flowering started 8 to 10 days later than usual. The cool temperatures during the Merlots’ flowering and the warm ones during the Caber- nets made it so that there is little difference between the two grape varieties. The véraison has been slow. The first changes of colour came later than the average over the past 30 years. The work from springtime to the harvest, sharper year after year,and in which we are much more reactive, has partially balanced the lack of climatic genersity.

Nevertheless, the weather improve day after day and allow that grapes to reach an outstanding maturity in the beginning of September.The harvest take place the first 3 weeks of October. In the cellar, precision is key in the conception of the 2008 vintage and everything is done to extract the best of the harvest.

2007

Vintage 2007

Tasting notes

The color is still purple, as the color of its label. The aromas are dominated by charming red berries. Fruits appear once more on the palate, but what is the most striking is its smoothness and elegance. 2007 is a pleasant and bewitching wine, the balance between alcohol, tannins and acidity shows a perfect adjustment of the vinification.

Informations

Varietals
65% Cabernet Sauvignon
35% Merlot

Aging
14 months in French oak barrels
60% new oak barrels
40% one-year-old barrels

Harvest proportion
30% Château Cantenac Brown

Harvest dates
Merlot: Oct. 1rst – 7th
Cabernet Sauvignon: Oct. 8th to 15th

Year 2007

The 2007 Vintage is memorable due to an early flowering. Merlots matured very early, but because of harsh weather, the flowering was continued longer than normal. However, the Cabernets matured beautifully. Due to lack of sunny days and dry weather, we had to work harder than usual in the vineyard in order to ensure early pruning of the vines. We had to combat the lack of sunlight in the vineyards.

« Aide-toi, le ciel t’aidera », as we say in French (i.e. the Sun will help you): September, the return of good weather kept with us until the end of the harvest, as well as the vintner’s grins! The weather finally rewarded us. Due to the late harvesting, we were blessed with ripe and beautiful fruit! The longer growing season made it possible to concen trate on each varietal, each plot of land with great precision.

2006

2006 Vintage

Tasting notes

The color is still fresh, deep and well concentrated. Aromas are slightly oaked and smoky with a hint of vanilla, specific of its noble aging. Then comes the fruit basket with aromas of blackberry, strawberry and cherry. The wine is very complex and a lot of other aromas do appear over the tasting. The attack is dense but soft on the palate with tannins of great quality. The wine of a great purity is very precise. It is unequivocally one of the great achievements of the vintage. Even if it can be appreciated today, it deserves to age a few years more. 2016-2030

Informations

Varietals
75% Cabernet Sauvignon
25% Merlot

Aging
15 months in French oak barrels
60% new oak barrels
40% one-year-old barrels

Harvest proportion
30% Château Cantenac Brown

Harvest dates
Merlot: Sept. 20th to 25th
Cabernet Sauvignon: Oct. 2nd to 9th

Year 2006

Everything has been done to obtain perfectly sound grapes with the best maturity: Leaf pruning, green harvest throughout the vineyard. We have been working the soils for several years now, and we have noted that it is important to let the grass develop at the end of the season. This cover limits the water absorption by the vines when there are late rains. It is certainly one of the reasons that led to our best results in 2006. Work and knowledge of the vineyard always make the difference; this is even truer this year.

2006 has been a precision harvest. We harvested some parcels in two times: first time, the border vines, and on the second time, the heart of the parcel, adapting the wine making techniques to each part. In 2006, all the working techniques were revised in the cellar and support the efforts made in the vineyard in order to allow an adapted extraction to each vat.

2019
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006

2019

2019 Vintage
An amazing vintage to welcome the le Lous family.


Harvest

The bet is won! Harvest was split over 4 weeks with great conditions despite cloudy periods. The blends with the presence of Tristan Le Lous, have been refined. The first tasting shows a vintage with a lot of class, freshness, density, with present and velvety tannins.

Informations

Varietals
68% Cabernet Sauvignon
32% Merlot

Aging
French oak barrels
60% new oak barrels
40% one-year-old barrels

Harvest proportion
51% Château Cantenac Brown

Harvest dates
Merlot: Sept. 18th to 21rst, 23rd – 25th to 27th & 30th
Cabernet Franc: October 1rst
Cabernet Sauvignon: Oct. 2nd to 5th – 7th to 9th

Year 2019

The 2019 year started under the rain with warm winter temperatures. As a consequence, the budburst took place 15 days sooner than usual. Flowering happened with slightly low temperatures and few rainy days caused flower abortion and millerandage.

On the other hand, these precipitations were beneficial at the beginning of summer and helped us to handle July’s temperatures. During veraison, the sudden dryness locked some berries; we will sort them with manual harvest or with the optical sorting table.

The end of summer was cooler allowing the vineyard to rest. Some showers at the beginning of September arrived right on time to swell the berries … and our hopes. The harvest date of each plot is the key for this vintage. Regarding the choices we made during the season (leaf removal, plots’ age, soil composition, weather condition …), harvest choice is also crucial and requires a daily control in the vines.

Each day, we walk miles and taste hundreds of berries in order to establish the harvest plan adapted to our plots.

We harvested the whites while keeping an eye on the reds! So fresh mornings the first days of September were perfect for two reasons: the white of Cantenac Brown had been harvested in perfect conditions and in the meantime the ripeness of the red grapes evolved phenomenally. Since the first analysis, merlot and cabernet sauvignon show remarkable polyphenols.

The first harvest day was set on September 18th for the youngest vines. Enough time to get the team ready and then wait until the end of the month to harvest the great merlot and beginning of October for the cabernet sauvignon.

2018

2018 Vintage
A child of the rain and sun …


Harvest

Before the harvest, the contrast of hot days and cold nights was wonderful favoring aromatic and phenolic concentration. In a few words: a dream harvest! More than 4 weeks of idyllic conditions and plots with perfect maturity. Berries were small. Thick and matured skins released a deep color. The maturity of the pips, brown almost dark, round, long and fresh tannins show how great this vintage is.

Informations

Varietals
69% Cabernet Sauvignon
28% Merlot
3% Cabernet Franc

Aging
French oak barrels
60% new oak barrels
40% one-year-old barrels

Harvest proportion
56% Château Cantenac Brown

Harvest dates
Merlot: Septembre 18th – 28th
Cabernet Franc: October 1rst
Cabernet Sauvignon: Oct. 2nd – 11th

Year 2018

2018 a tough miracle…

Before 2018, « oceanic climate » was a broad meteorological concept made of different nuances. In 2018, from spring to the beginning of summer, this oceanic climate joined the vineyard to remind us of its main characteristic: high humidity spread over the entire season.

After a complicated start of the season, nobody would have thought we would get such an amazing vintage. Once again, our job has been rewarded.

For many years now, we are very active in the vineyard and we opt for preventive measures, debbuding, leaf removal and removal of secondary shoots. Everything is set up to work in good conditions.

In 2018, we had to work harder than usual and double our teams to keep it up. In 8 days, we had to de-bud and remove leaves from more than 500 000 vines.

Mid-July, grapes were perfect and were only waiting for the sun to start ripening. The heat from the end of July to the end of August, given the water resources present, allowed evolution without stress. The veraison was slowly homogeneous, the maturity was smooth.

2018 is an unprecedented vintage of great quality, all varietals showing a perfect maturity, mixing concentration, roundness, and balance.

2017

2017 Vintage


Harvest

The crop started progressively mid-September. We began with the plants and seedlings. Then we prepared ourselves to harvest the old vines at good maturity. 2017 will remain in the memories as the vintage of the frost but 2017 is above all an early vintage with a regular and fast flowering and a homogeoues veraison. The great terroirs gave great grapes. Very early, bunches presented a remarkable wealth in anthocyans ; juices are fresh and colored. Merlots are plumps and gourmands. Cabernets reveal complex aromas.

Informations

Varietals
67% Cabernet Sauvignon
33% Merlot

Aging
French oak barrels
60% new oak barrels
40% one-year-old barrels

Harvest proportion
54% Château Cantenac Brown

Harvest dates
Merlot: Sept. 14th – 21 rst
Cabernet Franc: Sept 26th
Cabernet Sauvignon: Sept. 27th – Oct. 2nd

Year 2017

AfteracoldJanuarymonth,FebruaryandMarchwerequitemildandthebudburstwasfastandhomogeneous.Thevintagebegantolookpromising; April was particularly beautiful, with important thermal amplitudes. The wind shifted to the North. At dawn of April 27th and 28th, the sky was perfectly clear and temperatures fell below 0°C (32F).
We are lucky; as the majority of Château Cantenac Brown vineyard did not suffer too much loss. After this climatic shock, the following months were hot, especially the end of June where a heat wave boosted the vegetation. It was a true godsend. In July and August, temperatures stayed reasonable; while the vines remained advanced compared to the thirty-year average.

Finally a vintage in 7 with a high-quality level ? The summer was slightly fresher than usual and the rains during the beginning of September removed any doubt, we will not harvest a 1947.

What a pity !

Nevertheless, the vintage has a great potential, thanks to all the attention to detail including leaf thinning, removal of secondary shoots, and even green harvest on some particular plots too overloaded.

2016

Vintage 2016
A stressful year yields an extremely rare vintage.


Harvest

From the first rainy days of mid-September, the grapes are gleaming, the ripening is accelerating, and the sun bathed berries are healthy and sound, allowing us to perform our harvest to a slow and precise rhythm with no stress ! (14 days in 5 weeks). Extraction is easy, color and tannin develop with little effort. The grape seeds taste of hazelnut, and the berries are perfectly ripened ! All the elements to an exceptional vintage unite. From a beautiful flowering, to a long ripening time on all varietals, we had a healthy harvest due to radiant sun during the day paired with cool nights. Perfect alcohol, acidity, and round tannins: the balance is there. It’s harmonious and natural, without excess. Truly a rare vintage.

Informations

Varietals
68% Cabernet Sauvignon
32% Merlot

Aging
French oak barrels
60% new oak barrels
40% one-year-old barrels

Harvest proportion
49% Château Cantenac Brown

Harvest dates
Merlot: Sept. 23rd – 29th to 27th & 30th
Cabernet Franc: October 3rd – 4th
Cabernet Sauvignon: Oct. 10th – 19th

Year 2016

After a rather dry and warmwinter, the beginning of the growing season is rainy through June, giving way to a dry and hot summer. Bud-break took place in mid-March, and this slow, yet stable growth allowed us to forecast a late harvest. Thankfully, June revealed itself as perfect for a complete and rapid flowering on the Merlots, a little slower on the Cabernets, but with beautiful ripening overallon all varietals.

June through September proved beautiful weather, almost too hot, but never reaching heatwaves. Also, even if some of the younger vines may have suffered, the older, more estbalished ones continue to ripen, thanks to high water tables. Balance is there, this slight «block» at the end of August reduced alcohol content.
However, rain in mid-September along with beautiful sunny days and cool nights, allowed us to maintain great freshness with exceptional polyphenolic richness.

2015

2015 Vintage


Harvest

Berries were healthy and the maturity was there. Good timing for harvest is the key: Not too early, not too late, not too ripe. We decided to harvest grapes when they would develop “red berry” flavors not “black berry” ones: tannins had to be nicely ripe, alcohol content needed to be balanced, not too high, and acidity was to be tasted but not too high. Maybe all of that seems logical, but we know how lucky we have been to decide the ideal ripeness of our berries without constraint.

Informations

Varietals
61% Cabernet Sauvignon
39% Merlot

Aging
16 months in French oak barrels
60% new oak barrels
40% one-year-old barrels

Harvest proportion
51% Château Cantenac Brown

Harvest dates
Merlot: Sept. 17th – 24th
Cabernet Franc: October 1rst
Cabernet Sauvignon: Sept. 28th – Oct 8th

Year 2015

Beginning in the spring, temperatures were warmer than average. At the end of May, floweringwas fast and homogeneous. In June and July, the warm temperatures led to a slow growing season, which stopped early. Conditions were similar to those in the best vintages.
In August, rains were on time to complete the “véraison” that had started by the end of July.

In September, the difference of temperatures between cool nights and warm days, with the addition of brief rains helped reach a perfect ripening.
We decided to harvest grapes when they would develop “red berry” flavors not “black berry” ones : Tannins had to be nicely ripe, alcohol content needed to be balanced, not too high, and acidity was to be tasted but not too high.

2015 was a bright and cool year with perfect weather conditions, giving our wines wide aromatic potential, with fine and‘’ round tannins.

2014

2014 Vintage

Tasting notes

The color is very deep, almost black, sign of a great substance and a beautiful ripeness? The nose is a blend between red and black fruits, such as blackcurrants or blackberries, cherry or redcurrant. The roasted notes wrap the whole in a savory way. The wine is full-body, opulent and rich. It coats the palate delicately. The length of this wine doesn’t have an end, what a fantastic finish! The still very young wine has excellent dispositions to age 2024-2044

Informations

Varietals
65% Cabernet Sauvignon
35% Merlot

Aging
15 months in French oak barrels
60% new oak barrels
40% one-year-old barrels

Harvest proportion
50% Château Cantenac Brown

Harvest dates
Merlot: Sept. 25th – Oct. 1rst
Cabernet Sauvignon: Oct. 7th to 15th

Year 2014

After quite a warm and rainy winter, an early budburst, and a fast and homogeneous flowering, cautious vine-growers and winemakers experienced a slow «veraison». Once again the weather was good to us: all seasonal vineyard tasks in the first part of the year that are now part of our usual routine (such as getting rid of base bud shoots, leaf pruning, “échardage” (i.e. getting rid of laterals shoots specifically located in the cluster area), green harvest, could not compensate for the cool temperatures of the beginning of the summer. We began to doubt that we could produce a wine as great as vintage 2014. We desperately needed more sun and warmer temperatures…

From the end of August, average temperatures came back to normal, and a very hot and sunny September led to mature grapes and soft tannins, thanks to a sound and healthy vineyard. Hence, a harvest of high quality. When the grapes are harvested, the cellar is working on the blend in order to find the best synergy between the vats and the plots.

2013

2013 Vintage

Testing notes

Deep and shiny color. The nose is open with hints of red berries. The wine is harmonious on the palate with elegant and delicate tannins. The wine is easy to taste and drink. Even if it is still young and with a medium aging potential, it is already pleasant and could be enjoyed in 2 to 5 years. 2017-2023

Informations

Varietals
68% Cabernet Sauvignon
32% Merlot

Aging
14 months in French oak barrels
60% new oak barrels
40% one-year-old barrels

Harvest proportion
40% Château Cantenac Brown

Harvest dates
Merlot: Sept. 27th – Oct. 2nd
Cabernet Sauvignon: Oct. 3rd to 10th

Year 2013

In recent years, we have forgotten what a « normal » vintage means. In one way or another, Mother Nature’s excesses have become the new standard. 2013 is a perfect example. Weather conditions in the first half of the year, week after week, dampened our natural optimism : late budbreak, cold, rainy, dreary spring, very difficult weather conditions during the flowering. Beginning of July, summer suddenly shows up. Temperatures soar. The vine doesn’t suffer however, as it finds plenty of water in the soil. But the sun is generous, and our morale is up. We deleaf, we do « échardage », and we work with precision in the vineyard.

Nonetheless, cooler temperatures in August prevent the vines from catching up. We hope for a warm and sunny indian summer which makes great vintages. Humidity in September decides otherwise. The low yields turn an evil into a blessing. This small crop of well aerated grapes has benefited from its poor conditions. This is in part what saved the vintage.

2012

2012 Vintage

Tasting notes

Nice and deep color. The nose is intense, complex and delicate. The aromas are roasted with red fruits, blackcurrant, blackberry but also licorice completing the combination. On the palate, the wine is tight without excess, juicy and voluptuous. It deserves to age a few more years. 2017-2035

Informations

Varietals
65% Cabernet Sauvignon
35% Merlot

Aging
14 months in French oak barrels
60% new oak barrels
40% one-year-old barrels

Harvest proportion
53% Château Cantenac Brown

Harvest dates
Merlot: Oct. 1rst – 12th
Cabernet Sauvignon: Oct. 8th – 17th

Year 2012

At first, the 2012 vintage was to be difficult: whether our oceanic climate would have been forgotten in the last few years, we’ve been definitely reminded of our location, which is indeed rather good to produce great quality wines, but sometimes also quite humid. The vineyard had seldom needed such an amount of work, and all along the season, we kept going all through the vineyard. On the first 2 weeks of July, to compete the lack of sun, over 140 people came to “écharder” 100% of the vineyard. End of August, as we wanted to definitely homogenize the maturity, it’s been decided to “clean” clusters from each single still green and pink berry, in order to only keep the best. Finally, thanks to such a precise work and naturally low yields, maturity was reached only 1 week later than usual.

Each single day, vinestock after vinestock and bunch by bunch, vintners made even better from what Mother Nature had given. Even if some rains at the end of September araised some doubts, the knowledge and experience of our technical team made it possible to keep cold blood. The work in the vineyard througout the year is very beneficial and allow us to obtain a healthy and qualitative harvest.

2011

2011 Vintage

Tasting notes

Nice and soft purple color. It has aromas of ripe fruits and a nose slightly toasted. The attack is soft, with a beautiful sensuality, a lot of elegance in this wine. Tannins are present but silky. The 2011 style is classic. It can still age many years. 2016-2030.

Informations

Varietals
67% Cabernet Sauvignon
33% Merlot

Aging
14 months in French oak barrels
60% new oak barrels
40% one-year-old barrels

Harvest proportion
50% Château Cantenac Brown

Harvest dates
Merlot: Sept 13th – 21rst
Cabernet Sauvignon: Sept 24th – 29th

Year 2011

After an early budbreak at the end of March, the unusually sunny days in April and May created a considerably advanced flowering, equally rapid for all of the grape varieties. After this early budbreak, a heat wave at the end of June unfortunately burnt some of the exposed young grape clusters. This dry weather was felt even more by extending the « veraison » time. The rain in mid July finally brought some relief to the situation.

The humidity in August slowed the maturation down and allowed us to see a better and more encouraging harvest, with a two week advance compared to the last vintages. In this time, right before harvest, we vigorously continued to prepare the harvest by cropping off all the altered grapes, only keeping the healthy and homogenous ones ready for harvest.

2010

2010 Vintage

Tasting notes

The wine is still young. The color is deep and intense. The fresh red fruits make up the majority of the aromas. Flavors are of an exceptional intensity. Discreet but yet present notes of coffee, toasted almond and toasted bread, thanks to the aging in barrels. On the palate the wine is fleshy, rich and tensed because of its youth. It is clearly an exceptional vintage. The precision of its tannins and the natural acidity of this vintage suggest a great aging potential. 2020-2040

Informations

Varietals
61% Cabernet Sauvignon
39% Merlot

Aging
16 months in French oak barrels
60% new oak barrels
40% one-year-old barrels

Harvest proportion
45% Château Cantenac Brown

Harvest dates
Merlot: Sept. 29th – Oct. 6th
Cabernet Sauvignon: Oct. 13th – 20th

Year 2010

The 2010 growing season was marked by dry weather all over the region. Winter to summer was very cold, with temperatures 2-3°C below the normal average. The weather started off mild in April, but May was much cooler. Overall, the weather has remained cool for two consecutive years, with morning frost at the point of harvest on October 18th. The solar weather patterns for the 2010 season are notable and similar those of 2009. The month of April was exceptionally warm and sunny. Both years, 2009 and 2010, had great amounts of sun, even more than the great 2005 vintage year. Our ally was the great weather, all the way though the end of harvest.

Fall gave us an Indian summer with warm days and cool nights. This year, the harvest was longer than usual, and it spread out over 5 weeks. The vinifications go very well with high alcohol level and tanins with strong potential which lead us to choose low temperature fermentations.

2009

2009 Vintage


Harvest

The wine is still in his youth, therefore purple and crimson colors dominate. Fruits aromas are exuberant with berries: strawberries and raspberries note. Tannins are present and soft with a beautiful richness. Cantenac Brown 2009 already shows well. It is the privilege of great wines and exceptional vintages: They are easy to taste young and show all the qualities for aging well. You should wait for a few years, but it is so good already… 2020-2040

Informations

Varietals
65% Cabernet Sauvignon
35% Merlot

Aging
16 months in French oak barrels
60% new oak barrels
40% one-year-old barrels

Harvest proportion
42% Château Cantenac Brown

Harvest dates
Merlot: Sept. 23rd – Oct. 3rd
Cabernet Sauvignon: Oct. 8th – 15th

Year 2009

The budburst is fast and spreads over the first two weeks of April. The flowering of Merlots and Cabernets Sauvignons is rapidly taking place in late May with some very good weather conditions.

The «Véraison » starts on July 24th for the Merlots and July 31st for the Cabernets. The months of August, September and October are truly exceptional. The temperatures differences during days and nights are often important with cool nights and hot days, perfect for a good maturity.

The summer’s climate remains until early October, then the temperatures drop quickly with morning frost on October 16th and 18th. The grapes are beautiful for the harvest. The grapes have reached a perfect maturity with red berries intense flavours. The weather is on our side throughout the picking season, which allows us to apprehend the harvest serenely.

2008

2008 Vintage

Tasting notes

Nice color, very deep. First, fruits come with berries and black cherries aromas.Then roasted coffee and a slight smoky flavor get added to the wide range of aromas suggested in this wine. The attack is silky and elegant.
The wine is harmonious. The length is smooth. It’s a real pleasure but it can still age longer. 2016-2025

Informations

Varietals
60% Cabernet Sauvignon
40% Merlot

Aging
14 months in French oak barrels
60% new oak barrels
40% one-year-old barrels

Harvest proportion
33% Château Cantenac Brown

Harvest dates
Merlot: Oct. 1rst – 7th
Cabernet Sauvignon: Oct. 13th – 19th

Year 2008

The burburst has been very slow due to the cool temperatures and the rains during the whole month of April. We have had to wait until beginning of May, with the first 10 sunny days, to see a fast shoot. The flowering started 8 to 10 days later than usual. The cool temperatures during the Merlots’ flowering and the warm ones during the Caber- nets made it so that there is little difference between the two grape varieties. The véraison has been slow. The first changes of colour came later than the average over the past 30 years. The work from springtime to the harvest, sharper year after year,and in which we are much more reactive, has partially balanced the lack of climatic genersity.

Nevertheless, the weather improve day after day and allow that grapes to reach an outstanding maturity in the beginning of September.The harvest take place the first 3 weeks of October. In the cellar, precision is key in the conception of the 2008 vintage and everything is done to extract the best of the harvest.

2007

Vintage 2007

Tasting notes

The color is still purple, as the color of its label. The aromas are dominated by charming red berries. Fruits appear once more on the palate, but what is the most striking is its smoothness and elegance. 2007 is a pleasant and bewitching wine, the balance between alcohol, tannins and acidity shows a perfect adjustment of the vinification.

Informations

Varietals
65% Cabernet Sauvignon
35% Merlot

Aging
14 months in French oak barrels
60% new oak barrels
40% one-year-old barrels

Harvest proportion
30% Château Cantenac Brown

Harvest dates
Merlot: Oct. 1rst – 7th
Cabernet Sauvignon: Oct. 8th to 15th

Year 2007

The 2007 Vintage is memorable due to an early flowering. Merlots matured very early, but because of harsh weather, the flowering was continued longer than normal. However, the Cabernets matured beautifully. Due to lack of sunny days and dry weather, we had to work harder than usual in the vineyard in order to ensure early pruning of the vines. We had to combat the lack of sunlight in the vineyards.

« Aide-toi, le ciel t’aidera », as we say in French (i.e. the Sun will help you): September, the return of good weather kept with us until the end of the harvest, as well as the vintner’s grins! The weather finally rewarded us. Due to the late harvesting, we were blessed with ripe and beautiful fruit! The longer growing season made it possible to concen trate on each varietal, each plot of land with great precision.

2006

2006 Vintage

Tasting notes

The color is still fresh, deep and well concentrated. Aromas are slightly oaked and smoky with a hint of vanilla, specific of its noble aging. Then comes the fruit basket with aromas of blackberry, strawberry and cherry. The wine is very complex and a lot of other aromas do appear over the tasting. The attack is dense but soft on the palate with tannins of great quality. The wine of a great purity is very precise. It is unequivocally one of the great achievements of the vintage. Even if it can be appreciated today, it deserves to age a few years more. 2016-2030

Informations

Varietals
75% Cabernet Sauvignon
25% Merlot

Aging
15 months in French oak barrels
60% new oak barrels
40% one-year-old barrels

Harvest proportion
30% Château Cantenac Brown

Harvest dates
Merlot: Sept. 20th to 25th
Cabernet Sauvignon: Oct. 2nd to 9th

Year 2006

Everything has been done to obtain perfectly sound grapes with the best maturity: Leaf pruning, green harvest throughout the vineyard. We have been working the soils for several years now, and we have noted that it is important to let the grass develop at the end of the season. This cover limits the water absorption by the vines when there are late rains. It is certainly one of the reasons that led to our best results in 2006. Work and knowledge of the vineyard always make the difference; this is even truer this year.

2006 has been a precision harvest. We harvested some parcels in two times: first time, the border vines, and on the second time, the heart of the parcel, adapting the wine making techniques to each part. In 2006, all the working techniques were revised in the cellar and support the efforts made in the vineyard in order to allow an adapted extraction to each vat.

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