The winery is located in the municipality of Cantenac in the area Margaux
in the Médoc
(Bordeaux). The origin is in Château Boyd-Cantenac
of which parts of it were acquired in 1806 by the wine merchant John-Lewis Brown (see there the genesis story). After its bankruptcy, it was bought in 1860 by the wine merchant Armand Lalande, who also bought the Château Léoville-Poyferré
possessed. He replanted the vineyards and modernized the cellars. After several changes of ownership, the estate went in 1989 in the possession of the insurance group AXA
which finally sold it to the Halabi family in 2005. In the Bordeaux Classification
in 1855 it received the third rank (Troisième Cru Classé). The vineyards cover 42 hectares and are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon (65%), Merlot (25%) and Cabernet Franc (10%). The extremely long-lived red wine matures for 16 to 18 months in one-third new barriques. The second wine is called "Brio du Château Cantenac Brown" (formerly "Château Canuet").