2019 Château Brane-Cantenac, Margaux: £495 IB per dozenThursday, June 18
Brane-Cantenac wowed us yesterday when we tasted it. Knocking at the door of ‘super-second’ status, this must be one of the best values at this exalted level. As Jane Anson comments, the Margaux terroir seems to have handled the heat of the vintage very well (though volume is down 40% this year).
This is a wonderfully silky, succulent Brane-Cantenac, without losing any of the Margaux elegance and complexity. One of our personal highlights from the cask samples we have tasted, it scores 96 points from Anson and is priced at £495 per dozen, just under 20% below the 2018 release price.
2019 Château Brane-Cantenac, Margaux Cru Classé
"The 2019 Brane-Cantenac was cropped at 50hl/ha between 18 September and 9 October. Matured entirely in new oak, it is in possession of an almost pixelated bouquet with beguiling blackberry, bilberry and crushed limestone aromas. I find this less austere than some vintages of Brane-Cantenac at this prenatal stage. The palate is silky smooth on the entry with filigree tannins, very harmonious, not a deep or powerful Margaux, yet very delineated. There is that signature touch of greenness that I often find on Brane-Cantenac on the finish, though I have learned through experience that this is assimilated with bottle age, so have a cool cellar handy. Excellent. 94-96 points. " Neal Martin, Vinous.com
A thoroughly moreish and high-quality Brane Cantenac, this is silky and seductive with impressive extraction of the tannins giving backbone and support to brambled and cassis fruits. Plenty of crushed stone and spice to add a gourmet edge alongside the just-smoked oak. Extremely high quality and one of the best Branes I've tasted at this stage. 3% of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc complete the blend. For the first time, all of the plots for this wine come from the plateau de Brane just in front of the château, a reflection of how well this terroir withstood the heat of the summer. Drinking Window 2029 - 2046. 96 points." Jane Anson, Decanter
£495 IB per dozen bottles