2016 1920 1277 Château Cantenac Brown

Vintage 2016
A stressful year yields an extremely rare vintage.


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.
Château Cantenac Brown 2016


68% Cabernet Sauvignon
32% Merlot

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.