2008 900 320 Château Cantenac Brown

2008 Vintage

Tasting notes

Softness is characteristic for this vintage. Its color is shiny with ruby reflections. The nose is fruity with aromas of raspberry and blackcurrant. On the palate, the fine tannins fulfill perfectly the red fruits, revealing a charming and pleasant vintage. Delightful vintage to drink.
Brio de Cantenac Brown 2008


56% Cabernet Sauvignon
32% Merlot
12% Cabernet Franc

1 year in French oak barrels
25% new oak barrels
75% one-year-old oak barrels

Harvest proportion
33% BriO of Cantenac Brown

Harvest dates
Merlot: Oct. 1rst – 7th
Cabernet Franc: Oct. 9th
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 Cabernets 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 generosity. 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.