Having been through many iterations since its establishment in the early 17th century, what we know today as Chateau Brane Cantenac has well and truly settled into itself and become something extraordinary.
Taking its name from the man knows as the “Napoleon of the Vineyards”, the Baron of Brane, who purchased it in 1833, the chateau has passed through several hands, finally coming to rest in the hands of Lucien Lurton in 1956. Under the Lurton family large portions of the vineyard were replanted, vine densities increased, drainage systems improved and the plantings evolved into their current varietals.
The 2016 release has garnered a huge response from critics, with James Suckling naming it “one of the best ever” from the chateau, and Jancis Robinson praising its “Cool, unforced and sophisticated” delivery as “Very competent indeed.”
1900 remains a legendary Bordeaux vintage. It followed the superlative 1899 vintage, which allows for a modern day comparison with 1989 and 1990 or 2009 and 2010. 1900 Bordeaux wines were of extraordinary and possibly previously unequaled quality. The 1900 vintage marked the start of a new century, the last in the millennium -- factors which helped propel the fame of the vintage and add to the fascination of wealthy collectors to this day. The 1900 harvest followed a perfect growing season from start to finish. It was also an extremely large harvest. The summer was hot, even warmer than 1899.
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