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Chateau Boyd-Cantenac 


Location:  Chateau Boyd-Cantenac is located in the commune of Cantenac and the appellation of Margaux

Classification:   Third Growth

Vineyards: The estate has 18 hectares under vines.  Average age of vines is 25 years.  The vineyards are planted with 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot.  The vines are planted with a density of 10,000 plants per hectare.  The vineyards are entirely hand harvested.  The soil is a mix of gravel and sand that is mostly gravel.  Average yield is in the range of 40 hectoliters per hectare.

Production and Vinification:   The wines are aged in wood for 18 months before bottling.  50% new barrels every year.  A fining with egg whites is performed to clarify the wine.  Average annual production is about 7,600 cases.

History:    Chateau Boyd-Cantenac was named for Monsieur Jacques Boydi.  He was a nobleman and resident of Bordeaux.  He purchased the property on August 11, 1754.  The chateau has had few owners since then.  It was most recently purchased by the Guillernet family in 1932.  They have steadily renovated and improved the chateau (along with Chateau Pouget which they also own.  Over the years, the chateau has had a difficulty defining a separate identity and often has not performed at a level that might be expected given its 3rd growth ranking.  It is only since 1982 that the estate has had a separate winery from Ch. Pouget.

Drinkability:  Generally hold for at least 5 to 7 years.  The wine will generally improve for 10 or more years

The wines of this chateau have generally been underachievers.  It often has less bouquet and complexity than might be expected of a fine Margaux.  Some vintages have also lacked fruit and balance.  There have been vintages in the 70's and a few more in the 90's that show the potential of the property.  The winery sells most of its wine through Bordeaux negotiants but does sell just over 10% direct from the chateau.

Chateau Boyd-Cantenac does offer tours by appointment.

Château Pouget 33460 Cantenac
Tél : +33 (0) 5 57 88 30 58
Fax : +33 (0) 5 57 88 33 27
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