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Chateau Cantenac Brown 2012, Margaux 3rd

A bigger, full-spectrum Margaux. The 2012 Cabernet fruit is lively, and the Merlot fruit is fleshy.

Certain sappiness testifies to its Cantenac origin. A nutty mellowness adds much to the mineral finish. The intense style is understandable and direct- 60% new oak, 65% Cabernet, and 35% Merlot.

Almost all famous wine commentators(WE, RP, JS, Decanter, Wilfred Wong) agree on one observation: prominent structure, juicy finish, and integrated elegance and potential. The score is consistently within the 93-94 range, for example, WE94, RP93, WS93, Decanter 93.

WE94 Wine Enthusiast A solid effort, this is a wine with great fruit and firm structure to support it. Ripe and full in the mouth, it’s a firm and complex wine with a delicious juicy aftertaste.

WS9 Wine Spectator This offers beguiling aromas of bergamot, roasted sandalwood and black tea, before giving way to a well-endowed core of plum, blackberry and raspberry reduction notes. The structure is remarkably fine-grained, showing seamless integration through the long finish. A really great showing.

D93 Decanter Still austere at this point, it is certainly serious for a 2012. It's extremely young, silky and polished, opening beautifully in the glass to reveal rich chocolate, gourmet damson and cocoa-dusted edges. An impressive wine that needs time. 60% new oak. 53% of production.

RP93 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate The 2012 Cantenac Brown, one of the most impressive Margaux I tasted, is the complete package – from the initial attack to the layered, rich finish. Dense ruby/purple-hued with notes of licorice, mulberries, black currants, asphalt and spring flowers, this medium to full-bodied, concentrated, rich effort does not reveal an excess of rusticity or astringency.


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