1998 Ch Brane-Cantenac 2ème Cru Margaux - 12x75cl
  • Colour Red
  • Producer Château Brane-Cantenac
  • Region Margaux
  • Grape Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
  • Drinking 2008 - 2018
  • Case size 12x75cl
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1998 - Ch Brane-Cantenac 2ème Cru Margaux - 12x75cl

  • Colour Red
  • Producer Château Brane-Cantenac
  • Region Margaux
  • Grape Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
  • Drinking 2008 - 2018
  • Case size 12x75cl
  • Available Now
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Case price: £842.14 Duty Paid inc VAT
Case price: £675.00 In Bond
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  • Neal Martin, March 2016, Score: 86

    Tasted at the Brane-Cantenac vertical at the château, the 1998 Brane-Cantenac is a blend of 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 56% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc. It has a very herbaceous bouquet: tobacco and damp earth/peat that is potent but lacking requisite fruit after 18 years. The palate is medium-bodied with dry tannin, moderate weight, but it is missing some substance towards a very austere finish. I feel that this 1998 is on a downward slope, so I suggest drinking bottles in the near future rather than affording them extended cellaring. Tasted March 2016.

  • Robert Parker, January 2003, Score: 88

    This dark ruby-colored, elegant, savory effort offers abundant quantities of herb-tinged, smoky, earthy, black currant fruit intermixed with licorice and toast. Fleshy, medium-bodied, and ripe, with moderate tannin, this is a well-made, classic Margaux that should be at its best between 2005-2017.

  • Robert Parker, April 2001, Score: 89

    Approximately 56% of the harvest made it into the grand vin. A blend of 56% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Cabernet Franc, this dark ruby-colored wine offers a fragrant bouquet of licorice, earth, smoke, and herb-tinged black fruits. Medium-bodied, rich, and deep, with a seductive personality, the wine finishes with moderate tannin. A very classy wine! Anticipated maturity: 2004-2018.

  • Robert Parker, April 2000, Score: 87-88

    The finest Brane-Cantenac produced in nearly two decades, this dark ruby/purple-colored 1998 possesses excellent concentration, and sweet, candied black fruits intertwined with smoke, grilled herbs, and toast. It exhibits clean winemaking, a sweet mid-palate, and soft but firm tannin in the moderately long finish. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2018. P.S. It is gratifying to see this huge estate turn out a wine that can be recommended.

  • Robert Parker, April 1999, Score: 86-87

    Brane-Cantenac appears to have recognized the potential problems of over-extraction, producing a charming, supple wine with excellent fruit as well as sweet blackberry and cassis aromas with notes of dried herbs and earth. It is a light-styled, well-balanced, alluring Margaux that should drink well upon release, and keep for 10-12 years. Drink: N/A - 2012.

Producer

Château Brane-Cantenac

Château Brane-Cantenac is owned by a branch of the largest winemaking family in Bordeaux, the Lurtons. It was, however, originally created by the owner of Mouton Rothschild, Baron de Branne. After years of variable quality, it started improving in the late 1990s and began to create wines which captured Robert Parker's attention. He described Château Brane-Cantenac as "one of the stars of Margaux, if not Bordeaux" and their ...Read more

Château Brane-Cantenac is owned by a branch of the largest winemaking family in Bordeaux, the Lurtons. It was, however, originally created by the owner of Mouton Rothschild, Baron de Branne. After years of variable quality, it started improving in the late 1990s and began to create wines which captured Robert Parker's attention. He described Château Brane-Cantenac as "one of the stars of Margaux, if not Bordeaux" and their 2003 as "one of the best bargain-priced classified growths".Read less

Region

Margaux

Plump, silky and seductive are the words often used to describe wines from Margaux. Because of their style, they tend to be user friendly and more approachable when young. This is in part due to its terroir which is comprised of the thinnest soil as well as the highest proportion of chunky gravel in all of the Médoc. It drains well but also is it more susceptible to vintage variation. Margaux wines tend to have the highest proportions of Merlot within the core of the Médoc further adding to their ample roundness and openness. Margaux is home to the largest number of classified growths including its namesake first growth, Château Margaux, as well as third growths, Palmer and d'Issan.