Bordeaux 2009 Releases: Pavie-Macquin and Cantenac-Brown

Two high-scoring Bordeaux released this afternoon. Château Cantenac-Brown is under new ownership and the results in this vintage have been astonishing. Robert Parker gave the wine a score of 94-96 points, stating that this was the best wine ever produced at the property. In describing it, he said, “I have never seen a Cantenac Brown so seamless, so powerful, yet at the same time, so elegant and densely complex.”

Produced by Stephane Derenoncourt and Nicolas Thienpont, Château Pavie-Macquin received a similar score of 94-96+ points from Robert Parker. A brooding wine with great concentration and depth, this will need plenty of time to fully evolve, but demonstrates incredible potential.

2009 Château Cantenac Brown, Cru Classé Margaux
£398 per case of 12 bottles in bond

Cantenac-Brown has been revitalised under its new ownership and this is the finest yet. Very dark and intense in the glass, with notes of black fruits and cassis dominating the nose. Medium bodied, dense and concentrated, with finely woven tannins in the background. Again, a Margaux that is more bold and vibrant than one would expect.
Drinking: 2015-2025

2009 Château Pavie-Macquin, Grand Cru Classé St-Emilion
£318 per case of 6 bottles in bond ***NOW SOLD OUT***

Tightly wound, initially difficult to assess, but revealing a powerful core of ripe summer fruit, which comes through on the palate with a juicy sweetness. This has good length and fruit concentration, with full, firm, completely ripe tannins. A wine of density which will need time.
Drinking: 2015-2025

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