2020 - Ch Brane-Cantenac 2ème Cru Margaux
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Brane-Cantenac
Region
Margaux
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2026 - 2052
Case size
6x75cl
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2020 CH BRANE-CANTENAC 2ÈME CRU MARGAUX - 6x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Brane-Cantenac
Region
Margaux
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2026 - 2052
Case size
6x75cl
En Primeur

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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, May 2021,
    Score: 96-98

    70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Carmenère Henri Lurton and his team continue to set the bar for one of the very finest cabernet based wines in Margaux. It is a wine which excites, polished and so full of bright purity and energy. Layered flavours of kirsch, wild berries mingle beautifully with liquorce and nutmeg spice. This shows of the vintages sweet ripeness of fruit, gentle freshness and svelte like tannic core to a tee. This is quite simply a beauty...

  • NM

    Neal Martin, May 2021,
    Score: 95-97

    The 2020 Brane-Cantenac was picked September 14–28 and includes 13% vin de presse. It has exactly the same blend as last year since Henri Lurton and his team did not limit the Grand Vin to the 30-hectare plateau, a similar approach to Pichon-Baron when they reorganized their own vineyard. I allowed my sample an hour to open (during which I was discussing the wine with Lurton over Zoom). It has a beautifully defined bouquet of blackberry, wild hedgerow, fresh mint and light bay leaf scents. I have sometimes found a little greenness on the nose, but there is none in 2020. The palate is very well balanced with finely chiseled, precise tannins and beautifully judged acidity. Harmonious and poised, this is an absolutely fantastic Brane-Cantenac, in my mind superior to the previous two vintages, exuding wonderful mineralité on the finish. A must-buy. Drink 2027 - 2057

  • AG

    Antonio Galloni, June 2021,
    Score: 94-96

    The 2020 Brane-Cantenac is deep, fleshy and savory. Strong Cabernet accents open first, leading to a core of inky dark fruit, lavender, spice, mint and chocolate. There is some new oak that needs to integrate, but time should take care of that. I especially admire the sense of classicism and energy here. This is a superb showing from Brane-Cantenac and the team led by Henri Lurton. Drink 2028 - 2050

  • WA

    Wine Advocate, May 2021,
    Score: 91-93

    The 2020 Brane-Cantenac is composed of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Carménère and 1% Petit Verdot. It weighs in with 13.7% alcohol and a pH of 3.71. Deep purple-black colored, it has a beautifully expressive nose of fresh redcurrants, blackcurrant jelly, kirsch and rose oil, plus hints of tobacco leaf, wild sage and crushed rocks. The medium-bodied palate is elegantly styled with a plush texture and plenty of freshness supporting the red berry and earthy flavors, finishing fragrant. Drink 2024-2040

  • DC

    Decanter, May 2021,
    Score: 94

    Violet-edged, lovely vibrant colour. A low-yield wine that has kept an impressively fresh core, with expressive fruits and a vibrant grip through the centre of the wine. Powerful, tight tannins and the concentration becomes clearer in the glass, a ton of bilberry, sage and rosemary aromatics, with a generous helping of graphite and crushed stone. All of these wines are going to need very careful ageing - although the reasonable alcohols should help. A yield of 31hl/ha. 18 months ageing in a mix of new oak barrels and amphoras. 1% Petit Verdot and 1% Carmenère completes the blend. Tasted twice. (JA)

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, May 2021,
    Score: 17.5

    This is a lovely wine and it has a velvety, spicy, dark-fruited theme and the balance is perfect. I like the exuberant flourishes of fruit here and while this is not a profound wine it is already showing a lot of charm and pleasure. I imagine it will drink well in its youth and while the tannins are not dry, they are certainly well-intentioned and so it is sure to age well in the medium term, too.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2021,
    Score: 17

    Deep, dark purple. Very fragrant with hints of bergamot. Decidedly aérien on the nose and then super-gentle on the palate. Much lighter than most of its peers but by no means vapid. The tannins are almost negligible – apparently – but they dig in on the end of the palate. Very long. A decidedly graceful wine. 13.7% Drink 2026 – 2042

  • JD

    Jeb Dunnuck, May 2021,
    Score: 94-96

    Deep purple-hued, the 2020 Château Brane-Cantenac is another remarkable 2020 in the making. Beautiful blackberry and cassis fruits as well as notes of chocolate, lead pencil, and flower all define the nose, and it has the vintage's pure, focused, surprisingly fresh profile while still being concentrated and textured. The balance is spot on and the tannins are polished as well, so it should have some up-front appeal, yet smart money will be on giving this at least 4-6 years of bottle age.

  • WCI

    Wine Cellar Insider, May 2021,
    Score: 96-98

    Blackberry liqueur, creme de cassis, violets, tobacco leaf and earthy nuances create the attention seeking nose. Dark in color, with equally dark, palate-coating fruits with layers of velvet-textured, sensuous, sexy, deep red berries. The fruits display a majestic sense of purity. The elegant, silky finish remains with you for close to 60 seconds, expanding and building in intensity. This is a wow wine that fans of the estate should run, not walk and buy as soon as its offered. The wine blends 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot and 1% Carmenere 13.7% ABV pH 3.71. The harvest took place September 14-September 28.

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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.