- Château Brane-Cantenac
- Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
- 2013 - 2018
- Case size
Robert Parker, April 2010,
The 2009 Baron de Brane is also a strong effort. Fashioned from a completely different blend (58% Merlot and 42% Cabernet Sauvignon) with higher alcohol (13.4%), it is a sexy, seductive claret meant to be consumed during its first 7-8 years of life. Drink: 2010 - 2018
Decanter, April 2010,
Good sweet berry fruit, fragrant and ripe, fine linear elegance and harmonious finish. Drink 2013-18.
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".
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.