2013 - Ch Brane-Cantenac 2ème Cru Margaux
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Brane-Cantenac
Region
Margaux
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2019 - 2030
Case size
12x75cl
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2013 CH BRANE-CANTENAC 2ÈME CRU MARGAUX - 12x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Brane-Cantenac
Region
Margaux
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2019 - 2030
Case size
12x75cl
Available Now
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Case price £572.14 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2014,
    Score: 86-88

    The Ch Brane-Cantenac is a very perfumed wine with fine, red cherry aromas. It is a wine with subtlety and refinement, certainly not powerful, but the strength of acidity will allow this wine to age well.

  • NM1

    Neal Martin, October 2016,
    Score: 88

    The 2013 Brane-Cantenac has come on nicely since I last tasted it in barrel, even if it does fall short of recent vintages from Henri Lurton and his team. Certainly it has developed more fruit concentration on the nose: fresh strawberries and redcurrant laced with tobacco. The palate is nicely balanced with fine tannin and well-judged acidity, just a touch of piquancy coming through on the finish. It has developed more heft during barrel ageing and given 3 or 4 years in bottle, should develop into a satisfying mid-term Margaux.

  • NM

    Neal Martin, April 2014,
    Score: 86-88

    The Grand Vin is a blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc (more Cabernet Sauvignon because the Cabernet Franc did not quite pass muster.) It has a clean cedar scented bouquet that is very linear and somehow quite airy. The palate is medium-bodied and nicely balanced. On this occasion, this oak is quite prominent on the day I tasted although Henri Lurton remarked that it varies day to day. This is a nicely made, easy-drinking style of Brane-Cantenac to enjoy over the next 10 years.

  • RP

    Robert Parker, August 2014,
    Score: 88-90

    Estate manager Henri Lurton continues to take this large 228-acre property from strength to strength. Of the final blend from microscopic yields of 22 hectoliters per hectare, only 38.9 % became Brane-Cantenac. Certainly this has turned out to be a good, soft, fruit-forward and attractive style of wine, with notes of plum, Asian soy, blackcurrants and forest floor. With fragrant aromatics and excellent ripeness, it is medium-bodied with slightly more texture than generally found in this vintage. The wine will be drinkable when released, and age well for a decade or more. Drink: 2014 - 2024

  • DC

    Decanter, April 2014,
    Score: 90

    Good young colour, Margaux fragrance on the nose, florality, elegance and balance in the discreet Brane style. Drink: 2017-2027

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, April 2014,
    Score: 16+

    A more discreet, quieter nose of spicy juniper, plum and sloe. Nothing too impressive happening, but a quiet confidence seems to be present. Overall this is a touch too oaky for the sotto voce fruit, but it will even out, expect, given time.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2014,
    Score: 16.5

    Plenty of toasted oak apparent here. Crunchy fruit, medium body – good balance of tannin and acid. Better body than many other 2013s – though still light compared with a typical Bordeaux year. (RH)

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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 2003 as "one of the best bargain-priced classified growths".

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.