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.”
Deep colour. Fresh herb garden, black cherry, cassis, liquorice aniseed aromas. Sweet fruited wine with black cherry, cassis, mulberry flavours, plentiful chocolaty tannins and supporting ginger vanilla oak. Finishes firm but long and flavourful. A triumph for the vintage. Andrew Cailard MW, 95 points.
A beauty from Henri Lurton, the 2012 Brane Cantenac exhibits classic notes of spring flowers intermixed with black raspberries, black currants and damp forest floor. This medium-bodied, sweet, ripe, quintessentially elegant, medium-bodied Margaux is nicely concentrated as well as sexy. Enjoy it over the next 10-12 years. Robert Parker, 90-92 points.