Chateau Brane-Cantenac Baron de Brane Margaux

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Vintage: 2016
Region: Margaux, Bordeaux, France
Viticulture: Sustainable
Grape variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc

Chateau Brane-Cantenac Baron de Brane Margaux shows flavors of black fruit, vanilla, and cedar, with gritty tannins and a tobacco finish.

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About Chateau Brane-Cantenac Baron de Brane Margaux

Chateau Brane-Cantenac Baron de Brane Margaux shows flavors of black fruit, vanilla, and cedar, marked by gritty tannins and a tobacco-driven finish. Brane-Cantenac’s wines are known for their weight, concentration, and pronounced aromatics.

The 2016 Brane-Cantenac is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Carmenere picked from 22 September until 17 October (the tiny parcel of Carmenere picked three days later). The yields came in at 51 hectoliters per hectare and it is matured in 75% new oak and 25% one-year-old barrels, the final alcohol level 13.3%. It has a beautifully defined, very detailed bouquet with mineral-rich black fruit laced with cedar and graphite notes, living up to its nom de plume as the “Pauillac of Margaux.” The palate is simply the best that I have ever tasted at the estate, without question. This has presence, but also weightlessness, filigree tannin, and perfectly pitched acidity, with real intensity and drive. The tension here is outstanding and the persistence is incredibly long. It is not the showiest of all the 2016s by a long stretch, and yet it is everything you could possibly want from a Margaux.

About Chateau Brane-Cantenac Baron de Brane Margaux

Established in the 18th century, at which time it was known as “Gorce”, this large estate is located on the best gravelly outcrops 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. Lucien Lurton’s son, Henri, currently manages the estate and puts all his efforts into producing a great Margaux in each and every vintage, reflecting Brane-Cantenac’s superb vineyard soil.

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