Rượu vang Pháp cao cấp Chateau Cantenac Brown 2007
The 2007 Vintage is memorable due to an early flowering. Merlots matured very early, but because of harsh weather, the flowering was continued longer than normal. However, the Cabernets matured beautifully. Due to lack of sunny days and dry weather, we had to work harder than usual in the vineyard in order to ensure early pruning of the vines. We had to combat the lack of sunlight in the vineyards.
« Aide-toi, le ciel t’aidera », as we say in French (i.e. the Sun will help you): September, the return of good weather kept with us until the end of the harvest, as well as the vintner’s grins! The weather finally rewarded us. Due to the late harvesting, we were blessed with ripe and beautiful fruit!
September 20th, 21st and 22nd the Merlots and young vines were harvested. As in the Sauternes region, a small team cut the first grapes on about 4 Ha. The harvesters were directed to pick the darkest berries first and then the others. Our goal was to discern the differences of maturity on a single vine stock, due to the long lasting flowering period. September 25th, our entire team harvested the Merlots; continuing on Thursday 27th and finally completing it on October 2nd. Cabernets Francs were harvested on October 3rd and 4th .We started the Cabernets Sauvignons on October 8th. We were looking forward to that part of the crop: Impatient and excited, we were convinced of
their potential. This part of the harvest was much shorter than the Merlot harvest due to the shorter flowering
period. We finished on October 15th.
Wine Advocate-Parker (94/100):
The greatest Cantenac Brown I have ever tasted, the 2010 is one for the ages. Dense purple, with an extraordinary nose of sweet forest floor, blackberry jam, pen ink and graphite, this wine soars from the glass, giving it an aromatic dimension and intensity I have never seen from this estate. The tannins are present, as they are in most Cantenac Browns, but the wine’s sweetness, broad, skyscraper-like mouthfeel, dense, purple color and spectacular length (close to a minute) make this a giant classic and a fabulous sleeper of the vintage that still remains under-priced, considering how great its potential may be. This is a wine for those with cold cellars and youthful DNA. It is going to need at least a decade of cellaring and should last for 20-40 years. A classic!