Cantenac Brown in process of being sold

12/12/2005 News Wine News
  • Monday 12 December 2005

Bordeaux Chateau Cantenac Brown is in the process of being sold, decanter.com can reveal.

The chateau, a Margaux 3rd growth, is an imposing c19th building, famously described by Hugh Johnson as looking like a Scottish boarding school.

Owned by AXA Millesimes, the 42ha property has not been amongst the best performing of the company’s holdings: its terroir is sometimes considered not of the same pedigree as the best in Margaux. Jancis Robinson called it ‘a respectable but slightly stodgy ingredient in the AXA mix’.

In recent years the chateau has shown an upward trend. Decanter has consistently recommended its wines, and London Bordeaux specialists Berry Bros commend ‘the talented Christian Seely’, head of AXA Millesimes, for overseeing a 2004 vintage of a ‘complexity and concentration’ that is ‘particularly impressive’.

Now well-placed sources in Bordeaux have told decanter.com contracts are about to be signed on the chateau for an undisclosed but ‘satisfactory’ sum.

An announcement will be made in January when the sale is complete.

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