The blend between Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot is different for each vintage but the Merlot percentage is usually more important than the one in the Château Cantenac Brown. The 12 months-long ageing in 20% to 25% new oak barrels is traditional; we rack it every 3 months. Before the bottling, we do the fining with egg whites. It is on purpose if the bottles of BriO are different from the ones of Cantenac Brown: we want BriO to become a brand on its own, and it’s true that we talk much more about "BriO" than about "BriO de Cantenac Brown". We want BriO to be a wine you drink before, during and after a meal; just for your pleasure.
Through the style of its label, but also through the quality of our work from the selection of the lots to the bottling, it aims at expressing the modernity of our Chateau.
The lots supposed to be the main part of BriO are pre-selected because of their evolution all through the year, which means that we focus on each different lot of the winery, from the budburst through the flowering to the ripeness control.
Vineyard: 48 Ha Grape varieties: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon 30% Merlot 5% Cabernet Franc Vinification: in temperature controlled stainless steel vats Ageing: 12 months 20% to 25% new oak barrels
91 points James Suckling
Wonderful perfumes of flowers and ripe strawberries, follow through to a full body, with silky tannins and a delicious succulent finish. Bright acidity too. Second wine of Cantenac-Brown.