Cantenac Brown, Margaux, Third-Growth
Cantenac Brown, Margaux, Third-Growth

Cantenac Brown, Margaux, Third-Growth

Bordeaux, France 2016 (750mL)
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Cantenac Brown, Margaux, Third-Growth

The commune of Margaux is a powerhouse, representing over a third of all 61 classified growths. It seems you can’t drive more than a few hundred yards in any direction without stumbling upon an impressive Palladian structure producing world-class wine—quite simply, it’s the epicenter of elite Bordeaux. Third Growth Château Cantenac Brown is one of these, although with its estate is Tudor in style, thanks to its Great Britain roots. Today, the estate is owned by the Burgundy-based Le Lous family and has grown to 60 hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot—expansive, yes, but still humble in comparison to famed First Growth Chateau Margaux. 


The 2016 is elegantly layered, sublime, loaded with earth and savor—wines like this create that “aha” moment for those who still cannot grasp the unrivaled greatness of the Left Bank. With 30 minutes in a decanter, the wine unfolds with soft, unobtrusive aromas of blackcurrant, licorice, roasted strawberries, dried black raspberry, wild plum, bay leaf, black tea, crushed rock, violet, and a touch of baking spice. The palate is superbly balanced with a plush core of dark berry fruit that’s enhanced by a firm mineral backbone. It’s precise, chiseled, and velvety all in one. The best part of all? This isn’t a vintage that requires 15-20 years of aging before a drinking window emerges—it’s already in the prime of its life right now, and will stay there for the next decade. 

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France

Bourgogne

Beaujolais

Enjoying the greatest wines of Beaujolais starts, as it usually does, with the lay of the land. In Beaujolais, 10 localities have been given their own AOC (Appellation of Controlled Origin) designation. They are: Saint Amour; Juliénas; Chénas; Moulin-à Vent; Fleurie; Chiroubles; Morgon; Régnié; Côte de Brouilly; and Brouilly.

Southwestern France

Bordeaux

Bordeaux surrounds two rivers, the Dordogne and Garonne, which intersect north of the city of Bordeaux to form the Gironde Estuary, which empties into the Atlantic Ocean. The region is at the 45th parallel (California’s Napa Valley is at the38th), with a mild, Atlantic-influenced climate enabling the maturation of late-ripening varieties.

Central France

Loire Valley

The Loire is France’s longest river (634 miles), originating in the southerly Cévennes Mountains, flowing north towards Paris, then curving westward and emptying into the Atlantic Ocean near Nantes. The Loire and its tributaries cover a huge swath of central France, with most of the wine appellations on an east-west stretch at47 degrees north (the same latitude as Burgundy).

Northeastern France

Alsace

Alsace, in Northeastern France, is one of the most geologically diverse wine regions in the world, with vineyards running from the foothills of theVosges Mountains down to the Rhine River Valley below.

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