2012 1920 1277 Château Cantenac Brown

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
Château Cantenac Brown 2012


65% Cabernet Sauvignon
35% Merlot

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.