2018 Château Brane-Cantenac, Cru Classé Margaux

Really silky berry fruit, nice juice and very good acidity. Very fine tannins and juicy berries, and excellent length. Love the elegance and complexity yet richness to the fruit. Brane Cantenac is an estate performing at the top of its game.

Critic score
94.25/100
Pricing
Bottle
En primeur
In stock
£65.08
Case, 6 Bottles
En primeur
In stock
£390.48

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Margaux, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    55% Cabernet Sauvignon
    40% Merlot
    4% Cabernet Franc
    0.5% Carménère
    0.5% Petit Verdot
  • Maturity
    Young 2024 - 2040
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2018 Château Brane-Cantenac, Cru Classé Margaux

TASTING NOTES

The 2018 Brane-Cantenac is deep garnet-purple in color and delivers expressive black cherry compote, blueberry coulis and crème de cassis scents with suggestions of cigar box, Provence herbs and lavender. Full-bodied with mouth-filling, rich black fruit preserves, it has a velvety texture and a long, perfumed finish.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019)
(92—94)/100

This is a serious wine, with well constructed walls and floor, but it's full of life too, with brambled, succulent and generously-extracted fruit on the nose. It has less immediate charm than some in the appellation and will take a while to come round, but it has clear ageing ability and is one to savour. You feel the precision and confidence in how it presents itself.

Jane Anson, Decanter (April 2019)
(95)/100

What strikes me about this Brane-Cantenac is the gorgeous center palate of ripe fruit, which gives an impression of generosity, yet it’s tight and reserved at the same time. Fine and polished tannins follow on and drive this gorgeous fruit.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (April 2019)
(95—96)/100

The 2018 Brane-Cantenac captures all of the natural richness of the year. Ample, creamy and resonant, the 2018 offers quite a bit of intensity while retaining its mid-weight sense of structure. Dark red cherry, mint, spice, and dried rose petals are some of the signatures. Even with its obvious volume the 2018 retains lovely aromatic freshness and nuance. The 2018 is an especially juicy, open-knit Brane-Cantenac. Grilled herbs, menthol, spice and anise add an attractive upper-register to the perfumed finish. The blend is 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. Tasted three times.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (April 2019)
(92—95)/100