Cantenac Brown 2018 was released today at €38.40 per bottle ex-negociant, up 10% on the 2017 opening price of €34.90. It is being offered at a recommended retail price of £474 per 12×75, an increase of 10.7% in sterling terms on the 2017 release of £428 per case.
From the critics used in our ‘Benchmark Critic’ series, Antonio Galloni (Vinous) awarded today’s release the highest score – a barrel range of 93-96 points. Galloni described it “as powerful, deep and super expressive, with striking persistence and terrific overall balance”.
James Suckling awarded the wine 93-94 points and said that it “has an extremely energetic palate with beautiful elegance and power”. Meanwhile, Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW (The Wine Advocate) scored it slightly lower (91-93) and described it as “full-bodied and laden with perfumed red and black fruit layers”.
Prices for Cantenac Brown are not correlated to critic scores; instead, they follow the traditional pricing pattern where vintages appreciate as the wine ages.
This year’s vintage enters the market at a price comparable to the 2007 and 2008, which offer more than ten years bottle age. Buyers looking for wine of comparable quality might consider the 2015 which comes at a slight discount.
Looking for more?
Our Bordeaux 2018 pages contain everything you need to know about this year’s En Primeur campaign, including:
- Critic scores
- Release prices
- Bordeaux 2018 analysis tool [members only]
- The conversation on social media
- Liv-ex’s fair value methodology