BriO de Cantenac Brown was born in 2001.
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 Château.
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
The lots for BriO often need more work: more leaf pruning, some green
harvest, for example on the young vines, to help them to deal with the
Our two labels are made from vines located on a beautiful terroir where
you find gravelly soils, and we want the vinification of BriO to lead to an
elegant wine with lots of flavours, a compromise between strength and
So, if you like the fruits, you can start to drink it from 2 to 5 years after the
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