John-Lewis Brown acquired this estate in the early 19th century and decided to build a Tudor-style château there reminiscent of his Scottish origins. This building, one of the most unusual in the Médoc, is surrounded by remarkable English-style grounds. The quality of the wine was acknowledged in the 1855 classification, when Château Cantenac Brown was included into the growths. The Bordeaux wine merchant and owner of several estates in Médoc, Louis Armande Lalande (1820-1894), extended the building, keeping the same architecture.
End of 2019, the Le Lous family takes the helm of this gem from Margaux appellation …and pursues the excellent job done by its predecessor. José Sanfins still leads this new project and adds value to this magnificent terroir, with great respect for the soil, the vine and its environment. Carried by new investments, this ambition takes place in each step of the winemaking process, making years after years, one of the best Margaux wines.
This meticulous attention to detail continues into the cellar, where everything possible is done to produce an outstanding wine.
BriO de Cantenac Brown, second label of the estate, was born in 2001. Through the style of its label, but also through the quality of our work from the selection of the lots to the bottling, it aims at expressing the modernity of our Château. The lots supposed to be the main part of BriO are pre-selected because of their evolution all through the year, which means that we focus on each different lot of the winery, from the budburst through the flowering to the ripeness control. The blend between Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot is different for each vintage but the Merlot percentage is usually more important than the one in the Château Cantenac Brown. The 12 months-long ageing in 20% new oak barrels is traditional; we rack it every 3 months. Before the bottling, we do the fining with egg whites. It is on purpose if the bottles of BriO are different from the ones of Cantenac Brown: we want BriO to become a brand on its own, and it’s true that we talk much more about “BriO” than about “BriO de Cantenac Brown”. We want BriO to be a wine you drink before, during and after a meal; just for your pleasure.
Second wine:BriO de Cantenac Brown
For many years, the magnificent Grand Cru Classé of Château Cantenac Brown has been accompanied by BriO de Cantenac Brown, a special parcel selection from the Cantenac Brown vineyards.
In 2011, our family expanded with the addition of AltO de Cantenac Brown, our white wine. We are fortunate to own a wonderful plot of clay and calcareous soil cool enough to produce a great white wine. 1.8 hectares are planted to Sauvignon Blanc (90%) and Semillon (10%) for a production of only 9,000 to 10,000 bottles a year.
We wished to make a wine of great minerality, beautiful aroma, and a wine fit for the Gastronomical table.
Elegant and delicate, AltO pays tribute to the art of music, while at the same time complimenting the entire Cantenac Brown gamut of wines. A perfect addition!
Area Under Vine:
|48 hectares for reds and 1.80 hectares for white wine|
|Production:||130,000 bottles of first label Ch. Cantenac Brown|
|Grape Varieties:||65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc|
|Ageing:||16 months in barrel - New barrels: 60%|
|Second wine:||BriO de Cantenac Brown|
|White wine:||Alto de Cantenac Brown|
|Contact||Château Cantenac Brown Cantenac – 33460 MARGAUX – FRANCE