The 2005 Cantenac Brown offers an intriguing combination of plush fruit and intense tannins. Ripe red cherry fruit, cedar, spice, tobacco, menthol, cedar and rose petal all meld together in this decidedly luscious, bold Margaux. Soft curves and silky tannins make the 2005 a total pleasure to drink today, but it has more than enough freshness to develop well in bottle for another decade plus. This sumptuous Margaux is an absolute beauty.
Anticipated maturity: 2021-2035
Robert Parker 86
Tasted single blind at Southwold. This has a very pure blackberry, black plum nose with fluffy new oak. It certainly lacks some definition. The palate is very concentrated but lacking some tannic backbone. Dry and austere towards the abrupt, smoky finish. A little forced but not bad. Drink now-2016. Tasted January 2009.
Anticipated maturity: 2009-2016