Chateau Boyd Cantenac Margaux Bordeaux, Complete Guide

Boyd Cantenac

Learn everything about Chateau Boyd Cantenac Margaux Third Growth with wine tasting notes, and wine with food pairing tips. Learn the best vintages, a history of the property, information on the vineyards and winemaking. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Boyd Cantenac History, Overview

What we know of as Chateau Boyd Cantenac today was formed in 1754 by Jacques Boyd. Almost five decades passed before the chateau changed hands. At that time it was bought by John L. Brown. The property remained in the family because Brown was a relative of Boyd through marriage.

For a period of time, starting in the late 1800s, the wines of Chateau Boyd Cantenac ceased to exist, as the harvest was placed into other wines that the new owner, Abel Laurent already controlled. Chateau Boyd Cantenac came back into existence in about 1921, under the direction of Marcel Laurent.

Chateau Boyd Cantenac eventually became the property of the Ginestet family, a well-known and established family in the Bordeaux wine trade who was famous for owning numerous top Bordeaux estates including Chateau Margaux.

Due to the 1929 depression, they were forced to sell several of the facilities and other structures to their neighbor Chateau Margaux.

This left Boyd Cantenac without a proper cellar in the Medoc to make their own wine. For a time, they ended up making their wine at Chateau Lascombes. In 1932, the Ginestet family finally sold the remainder of Chateau Boyd Cantenac to Pierre Guillemet.

Guillemet was already an experienced winemaker and vigneron, as he was the owner of another Bordeaux property in Margaux, Chateau Pouget.

The Guillemet family continues to own and manage both Left Bank chateaux today. Lucien Guillemet is currently managing things at Chateau Boyd Cantenac as well as at Chateau Pouget.

Boyd Cantenac Cellars

Chateau Boyd Cantenac Vineyard, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The 17-hectare vineyard of Chateau Boyd Cantenac is planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot.

Historically, this was not always the case. As a point of reference, prior to the 1855 Classification, there was also a healthy percentage of Tarney Coulant planted.

The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 10,000 vines per hectare. The terroir is mostly gravel and sand soils. The vines are old, with an average age of 40 years. Much of their vineyards are located in the commune of Cantenac, as the name implies. The vineyard is situated close to both Chateau Kirwan and Chateau dAngludet.

To produce the wine of Chateau Boyd Cantenac, vinification takes place in a combination of temperature-controlled, stainless steel vats and concrete tanks. The vats range in size from as small as 50 hectoliters up to 150 hectoliters.

The maceration period varies from 2 to 5 weeks, according to the characteristics of each vintage. Malolactic fermentation takes place in vat.

The wine of Boyd Cantenac is aged 12 to 18 months in French oak barrels. The amount of new oak varies from 60% to 80%, depending again on the character of the vintage.

There is a second wine, Jacques Boyd, which takes its name from the original founder of Chateau Boyd Cantenac. The second wine is also sold under 2 more labels, Josephine de Boyd-Cantenac and La Croix de Boyd-Cantenac.

The best vintages of Chateau Boyd Cantenac are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009 and 2005.

In addition, the estate also produces Clos Maucaillou, a Bordeaux Superieur. On average, the annual production for Chateau Boyd Cantenac is between 5,000 and 5,500 cases of Margaux wine per year.

When to Drink Chateau Boyd Cantenac, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Boyd Cantenac can be enjoyed on the young side with decanting. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 1-2 hours, give or take. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Chateau Boyd Cantenac is usually better with at least 5-9 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Boyd Cantenac offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 10-20 years of age after the vintage

Serving Chateau Boyd Cantenac with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chateau Boyd Cantenac is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Chateau Boyd Cantenac is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes. Chateau Boyd Cantenac is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta as well as a wide variety of hard and soft cheeses.

Château Boyd-Cantenac Wine Tasting Notes

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2018 Château Boyd-Cantenac  (Margaux) 90

Earth and forest aromatics coincide with a medium-body, soft palate and a tobacco leaf, herb and red fruit finish. 89-91 Pts

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2017 Château Boyd-Cantenac  (Margaux) 88

One of the more uncommon Classified Growths from Margaux, the wine is medium bodied and rather classic in nature. The fruit is bright and there is a dusty quality to the red berry finish. 88 Points

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2016 Château Boyd-Cantenac  (Margaux) 91

Fresh with dark red berries, smoke, earth and forest floor notes, this wine has firm tannins, which need at least five years to further soften and develop. 91 Points

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2015 Château Boyd-Cantenac  (Margaux) 91

Sweet fresh, fruits, floral accents, freshness and a medium bodied, polished, silky, inviting blackberry and cassis finish. 90 - 92 Pts

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2014 Château Boyd-Cantenac  (Margaux) 88

Medium-bodied with a bright cassis and floral character, this wine ends on a crisp, red-berried note. 87-89 Pts

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2012 Château Boyd-Cantenac  (Margaux) 90

Medium-bodied, forward and floral, with the additional nuances of espresso, smoke, dark cherries and thyme, the wine is round, and ready, although a few more years of cellaring could reduce the oak influence. 90 Points

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2011 Château Boyd-Cantenac  (Margaux) 89

Cedar chest and cassis aromas and earthy, soft black cherries are found in the finish. 88-90 Pts

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2010 Château Boyd-Cantenac  (Margaux) 91

Deep in color, with ample blackberry, earth and hints of floral character, the polished, wine offers freshness, flavor and ripe tannins in the long finish. 91 Points

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2009 Château Boyd-Cantenac  (Margaux) 91

Like many 2009 Bordeaux wines, this is opulent, soft, polished and forward, with freshness and sweetness in the fruit. There is a touch too much oak, but that should in time fade into the all the sweet berries. This should be even better with a few years in the cellar. 2009 in Bordeaux is so good from top to bottom, it's silly. In fact, in Margaux, which is normally not the most consistent appellation, almost everyone seems to have made really good wine. 91 Points

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2008 Château Boyd-Cantenac  (Margaux) 87

Tight, tannic and tough, with a fresh, dark red berry character, the wine is quite tannic for its depth and because of those drying tannins, this is on the stern side for a Margaux wine. 87 Points

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2006 Château Boyd-Cantenac  (Margaux) 91

This is one of the more obscure Classified Growths from Margaux. I seldom see it. But tasting the 2006, makes me want to know it a bit better. Soft, round and open, with sweet, ripe fruits, earth, thyme, luscious black cherries to round this off. All that, and the wine is fairly priced too. 91 Points

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Better on the nose, with its floral, earthy, black raspberry nose, than on the medium bodied, cherry and black raspberry, tannic finish. I'd give this a few more years to develop, but this is not going to be a miracle in the bottle wine that changes all that much with age. 88 Points

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2005 Château Boyd-Cantenac  (Margaux) 92

Medium/full-bodied, the wine is expressive aromatically with its blend of dried flowers, red currants, and tobacco. There is some rusticity in the tannins which adds to the classically made style produced here. This is drinking well today, and it has a long future to look forward to, with at least another 15-20 more years of drinkability. 92 Points

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With deep color, the wine offers a beautiful perfume of licorice, flowers, cassis, oak and earth. Full bodied, rich and concentrated, the supple wine ends with a long, round, cassis, spice and red plum filled finish. Give it a few more years to soften and come together. 91 Points

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2004 Château Boyd-Cantenac  (Margaux) 90

This is a wine a seldom see. Perhaps that’s a mistake based on the elegant, tobacco, cherry, earth and floral charms in this wine. Instead of concentration, there is a finesse and softness that makes it a pleasure to drink. 90 Points

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2000 Château Boyd-Cantenac  (Margaux) 91

Nice wine here. Silky, elegant soft and with some polish to the tannins. The sweet, red fruits, earth, tobacco and floral characteristics are easy to find. Medium bodied and refined, this is drinking quite nice today. 91 Points

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1996 Château Boyd-Cantenac  (Margaux) 85

Full mature with an austere character, the wine is medium bodied, bright and quite fresh in the finish. The is much better on the nose than the palate. 85 Points

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1995 Château Boyd-Cantenac  (Margaux) 86

Medium-bodied, classically styled, slightly rustic, fully developed, slightly austere wine, offering notes of tobacco, cedar, forest leaf and bright red fruits. 86 Points

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