2020 Ch Brane-Cantenac, 2ème Cru Classé, Margaux

Stock Description

In Bond per 6x75cl - En Primeur ON ALLOCATION


Tasting Notes

Neal Martin, vinous.com 95-97/100
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. 2027 - 2057.

Jane Anson, Decanter.com 94/100
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. Drink 2028 - 2044

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com 17/20
Full bottle 1,325 g. Cask sample taken 19 April. 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% each of Petit Verdot and Carmenère. Cabernet Sauvignon was picked 17 to 28 September, Merlot 14 to 18 September, Cabernet Franc 18 to 25 September, Petit Verdot 21 to 22 September, Carmenère 30 September. 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


Vineyard Information

Established in the 18th century, at which time it was known as "Gorce", this large estate is located on the best gravelly out crops of Cantenac. A century before the 1855 classification, it was considered one of the best second growths in the Médoc. In 1833, Baron de Brane (called "Napoleon of the Vines") sold his estate in Pauillac, Brane-Mouton, and bought Gorce, which he renamed "Brane-Cantenac", ten years later. Lucien Lurton's grandfather acquired the estate in 1925, and was succeeded by his grandson in 1956. Since 1992, his son, Henri, has been managing the estate and putting all his efforts into producing a great Margaux in each and every vintage, reflecting Brane- Cantenac's superb vineyard soil. ©ugcb


Colour Red Origin France
Region Bordeaux Claret ABV 13.50%
Drink From 2030 Drink To 2060
Special occasion, Fine Wine

£300.00per 6 bottles

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