The Boyds were an important family of Belfast traders and wool exporters. The collapse of the wool market led them to emigrate to the continent where they settled in Bordeaux, buying this vineyard in Cantenac in 1754.
The vineyard was taken over by John Lewis Brown, of Château Brown, then later by the Ginestet family. Since 1932, Château Boyd-Cantenac has been in the Guillemet family. With a surface area of 17 hectares in the very heart of the Margaux appellation, on thin, Quaternary silica gravel soils providing good drainage, plenty of warmth and ideal conditions for the roots to push down deep, the vineyard produces 50,000 to 90,000 bottles a year, depending on the vintage. The ideal average age of the vines, optimal plantation density (10,000 vines a hectare) and typical grape varieties (majority of Cabernet Sauvignon) produce rare wines of strong character. The wines of Château Boyd-Cantenac seduce by their subtlety, elegance and suppleness.
|Grape||:||60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petit Verdot.|
|Tasting Note||:||An opaque blue/purple color is accompanied by impressively sweet floral notes intermixed with black currant and blackberry fruit. Medium to full-bodied with high but round tannins, the 2010 Boyd-Cantenac is exceptionally well-endowed, textured and pure.|
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