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History

The Boyds were an important family of Belfast traders originating from Scotland. All along their history they retained a tradition of commerce and international relations as well as emigration. They were present in Bordeaux as early as the 17th century and it was Jacques Boyd who gave his name to the vineyard in Cantenac when he acquired it in 1754.

 

The estate was subsequently purchased, in 1806, by John Lewis Brown, of Château Brown, who was related to the Boyd family by marriage. The 1855 classification consecrated the Cru of Boyd-Cantenac and its capacity to produce, over more than one century, wines of international class. Since 1932, Château Boyd-Cantenac has belonged to the Guillemet family.

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Winemaking

Barrel ageing

The wines continue their evolution during 12 to 24 months in split oak barrels. At Château Boyd-Cantenac, the free-run wines are traditionally aged in new oak. During their stay in barrels, they progressively separate from their lees which then become the object of special care, and are used to enhance further the complexity of the wines.

 

Blending

The grapes from each block of vineyard are fermented and barrel-aged separately. The different lots are tasted periodically, and the most complementary ones and those embodying the greatest potential are combined to produce the wine of Château Boyd-Cantenac. The other lots, as well as the wines coming from young vines, are most often used in the composition of the second wines.

 

The wines

The recent vintages are dark and dense, with complex aromas of fruit and spices, before the bouquet which develops during bottle ageing arrives to complete this harmony. On the palate, the attack is often clean, lively, followed by a sensation of volume that fills and coats the mouth. At the finish, the woven tannins guarantee the wines' excellent ability to age.

 

Beyond this sketch, according to the specific climatic conditions in which it was born, each vintage will have its own personality.

We do not know the true extent of the influence that this or that hot summer day had, or one September rain, on speeding up the grapes' maturity, or one night cooler than another had on the Cabernet's aromas, but with bottle-aging, Margaux wines always confirm, after several years in the bottle, their identity, among which is their forever-surprising ability to be at the same time intense, dense, complex, long, delicate, elegant, with lovely freshness and of undeniable harmony.

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 Izak Litwar , Wine Writer (Denmark)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Boyd-Cantenac . In a tasting of  73 wines 

Château Langoa Barton 2020 – Sister property to Leoville Barton and similar to her big "sister" in terms of the quality. Big scaled on the nose and palate with creamy blackcurrants, graphite, fat tannin, strong backbone, and striking complexity. Classy stuff.  53.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot and 8.5% Cabernet Franc. 13.5% alcohol.


94+p. 

6m 13d ago

 Izak Litwar , Wine Writer (Denmark)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Boyd-Cantenac . In a tasting of  26 wines 

Château Margaux 2018 - 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Impressed greatly with an incredibly scented nose, elegance, sophisticated and refined touch, astonishing complexity, and length. Simply a proper "iron fist in the velvet glove"! Amazing stuff. 99-100p (98-100p).

7m 17d ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Boyd-Cantenac . In a tasting of  650 wines 

2020 – the paradox vintage 


2020 began with mild temperatures even breaking temperature record highs at the beginning of February. These conditions led to a premature budbreak. Budding developed unevenly, very much depending on the locations although the coo and humid weather in April had not a very significant impact on slowing down the growth of the vines. Finally all the vines came into bloom at the end of May without any significant coulure or millerandage. At the start of June, frequent rain intensified the pressure of mildew. From mid-June, the weather changed. The whole Bordelais saw a period of very dry weather for two months. However, the earlier accumulation of water reserves prevented water stress. Around July 18 a heat wave began to build up but the cool nighty prevented water stress on the wines again. The veraison started at the end of July and went on till the beginning of August. The heatwave in August accentuated water stress, but shorter rainy episodes avoided a complete block. The dry and sunny weather in September encouraged the grapes maturity and harvest started on September 10 with a rather mild weather. Towards the middle of September, rain prevented the fruits from wilting but as its frequency was quite concerning, the haves was pushed forward. "Le diabolique" is the title given to this vintage by Véronique Sanders. It is a very special French word, which is not correctly translated with “diabolic” in English. In France, the expression means to overcome the devil. And the vintners succeeded. 2020 is clearly a vintner’s vintage which asked a permanent reinvention of the wineries, struggling hard with this difficult vintage. However, the vintage surprises with excellent wines, exemplary freshness and elegance and very dense structure. In former times it was said that the vine has to suffer to make exquisite wines, in this vintage the people have suffered to make a great wine. The first part of notes for this tasting with over 800 wines you will find today. More notes will follow over the coming days.

8m 7d ago

 Izak Litwar , Wine Writer (Denmark)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Boyd-Cantenac . In a tasting of  100 wines 

I'll repeat myself with the phrase, "Pomerol is one of the strongest districts in 2018"! The truth is that it's s an accurate and valid statement. Despite not tasting Petrus and Lafleur, to name some of the big hitters, I can assure, that there is enough exceptional goof for every taste from Pomerol. As everywhere in Bordeaux, there also are very few wines under the usual standard in Pomerol.


 

10m 14d ago

 Camille Meyrou / Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte, Wine Producer (France)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Boyd-Cantenac . In a tasting of  12 wines 

Wine tasting evening with our little wine club, blind tasting.
Great evening hosted at Chateau Sigalas Rabaud.
Almaviva, Viña Tondonia and Belle-Vue Haut Medoc where standing out. The South African white wine was delicious too and Sigalas Rabaud to finish the line up was amazing.

1y 3m ago

 Christer Byklum , Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Boyd-Cantenac . In a tasting of  55 wines 

Finally, after some busy days tasting back home in Oslo, here is 2016 Margaux. A vintage with a lot of success in this commune as well. Beautiful texture, pure fruits and that gorgeous scented in abundance almost Margaux typicity that is shining very clearly this year. Another stellar commune in 2016.

4y 8m ago

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