2011 Château Brane-Cantenac, Cru Classé Margaux

Made, interestingly, with a proportion of Carmanère in the blend this year, as a response to temperature change. A little closed on the nose when tasted, but notes of dark berries come through with time. On the palate, this showed an immediate punch of sweet, ripe fruit, followed by a swathe of substantial, structural, but very finely-tuned tannins. The core here is dense and concentrated, balanced by a dart of freshness on the finish. A well-realised wine, with a clean, pure finish.

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  • Region & country
    Margaux, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
  • Maturity
    Ready 2016 - 2029
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  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2011 Château Brane-Cantenac, Cru Classé Margaux
Château Brane-Cantenac

Second-Growth Margaux, Château Brane-Cantenac, is one to watch. While it has a history dating back almost 300 years, it is owner and winemaker Henri Lurton’s focus on modern techniques that is putting Brane-Cantenac in the spotlight. Drawing on his qualifications in Biology, Oenology and even Ampelography (the botany of grape vines) Lurton has instilled a commitment towards an organic and sustainable approach to winemaking.

An ongoing program of replanting, improved vineyard management, investment in cutting edge methods in the winery and continual analysis of how the vines, grapes and wines are progressing have all contributed to creating a Margaux of consistently high quality. The 75-hectare estate grows marginally more Cabernet Sauvignon than Merlot and a small amount of Cabernet Franc and Carmenère. The result is a perfumed, elegant Margaux with structure and complexity that only deepens with age.

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