Telephone: +33 (0)5 57 88 81 81
Visits: By appointment only
Details: Margaux, 3ème cru classé, 42ha, gravelly
Vineyards: Cabernet sauvignon 65%, Merlot Noir 30%, Cabernet Franc 5%
Cantenac-Brown estate once formed part of Boyd-Cantenac, founded by Irishman Jacques Boyd in 1754 and later passed on within the family to Scottish socialite John Lewis Brown – who unfortunately became bankrupt. The buyer, banker M Grommard, divided the property, selling off a small portion to Armand Lalande of Léoville-Poyferré. Lalande honoured history and dubbed his acquisition
Cantenac-Brown, also building the striking brown-brick château. Hard times were
around the corner (phylloxera, war, depression) and by 1968, the estate was quite ready for the overhaul the Du Vivier family gave it. Rejuvenation continued under AXA Millésimes (they bought in 1998) and is ongoing today under British
businessman Simon Halabi.