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2019 Château Brane-Cantenac, Margaux

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.

Offered en primeur, ex-chateau, due to land in the UK in Spring 2022.  Priced in bond, excluding UK duty, VAT and onward delivery, payable at the prevailing rate on release from bond.  Stock subject to availability, E&OE.

 

Château Brane-Cantenac, Margaux Cru Classé

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Château Brane-Cantenac, Margaux Cru Classé

Château Brane-Cantenac is a Deuxième cru classé in Margaux.  In the nineteenth century, the vineyard was highly-prized.  In 1833, the Baron de Brane (nicknamed the ‘Napoleon of the vines’) sold Brane-Mouton (now Mouton-Rothschild) to fund the purchase of Château Gorce, which he renamed after himself, Brane-Cantenac.  In 1855, both estates were classified deuxième grand cru classé (Mouton was promoted to premier grand cru classé status in 1973).

Brane-Cantenac is knocking at the door of ‘super-second’ status.  This must be one of the best value wines at this exalted level.  Centred on the ‘croupe de Brane’ terroir, the 75 hectares of vineyards are at around 22 metres above sea level, one of the most elevated sites in this low-lying region.  The gravel soils run very deep here, in some places 12m below the surface.  The vineyard is planted to planted to 55%Cabernet Sauvignon, 39%Merlot, 4.5% Cabernet Franc, 1% PetitVerdot and 0.5% Carmenere.

Henri Lurton purchased the estate in 1992 and after a difficult period in the 1990s he found success with an excellent run of vintages from 2000 onwards, focusing on terroir at a time when some estates were making increasingly extracted and oaked wines.  The signature of the wines is a floral nose and an elegance which is quintessentially Margaux.

RED 2019 Château Brane Cantenac 75cl £495 per case of 12 Château Brane Cantenac
2019 / / 75cl
£495 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes"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

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