2001 Chateau Cantenac Brown Margaux


I had big expectations for this wine, and was saving it for a special occasion so I decided to open it when my mom was visiting us in London.  For a wine with such a prestigious reputation,(Classified 3rd Growth) I was thoroughly disappointed.  Now I’m not saying the wine was bad, but it is simply not worth the 30+£ I paid for it.  I thought maybe it was just because it needed more time to air out, so I decanted it.  There was still no improvement, and even the next day, the wine still lacked fruit and the spark I was expecting.  There are better wines in Margaux to go for if you want to spend the money.  Boyd Cantenac, Lascombes, Malescot St-Exupery are just a couple I would turn to before Cantenac Brown.  It could be that this wine is just had its best days already.  Available in the UK for 35-40£  a btl and in the US for $50-60.  Just because a wine costs more, doesn’t mean its good.  I don’t agree with Mr. Parkers 88 score either:  

My rating 79 pts



Wine Advocate # 153
Jun 2004
Robert Parker 88 Drink: 2004 – 2014 $49 (25)
This estate is finally getting the tannin under control, as previous vintages have always been a bit rustic and astringent. The 2001 offers chocolate, espresso, and sweet black currant fruit characteristics in a medium to full-bodied, charming, structured, well-textured, seductive format. Enjoy it over the next decade.

2 thoughts on “2001 Chateau Cantenac Brown Margaux

  1. What a shame! Was it unbalanced or had the fruit just dropped off? Totally agree with you that a wine is not necessarily going to be great just because it’s expensive – there are loads of gorgeous wines that are also extremely affordable!

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