2019 Château Brane-Cantenac, Cru Classé Margaux

The 2019 Brane-Cantenac is a beautiful wine. All the fruit for the Grand Vin this year comes from the deep gravels of the plateau de Brane, which deal brilliantly with the warmth of the summer. The nose on this is floral and pure, with notes of violets, damsons, and a hint of baked earth. The palate, meanwhile, is silky and so fine, with beautifully rendered tannins. This is incredibly long and mineral,with so much poise and finesse. Bravo.

Critic score
95/100
Pricing
Bottle
En primeur
In stock
£52.48
Case, 6 Bottles
En primeur
In stock
£314.88

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Margaux, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    70% Cabernet Sauvignon
    26% Merlot
    2% Cabernet Franc
    1% Carménère
    1% Petit Verdot
  • Maturity
    Young 2025 - 2045
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • ABV
    14%
2019 Château Brane-Cantenac, Cru Classé Margaux

TASTING NOTES

The 2019 Brane-Cantenac was cropped at 50hl/ha between 18 September and 9 October. Matured entirely in new oak, it is in possession of an almost pixelated bouquet with beguiling blackberry, bilberry and crushed limestone aromas. I find this less austere than some vintages of Brane-Cantenac at this prenatal stage. The palate is silky smooth on the entry with filigree tannins, very harmonious, not a deep or powerful Margaux, yet very delineated. There is that signature touch of greenness that I often find on Brane-Cantenac on the finish, though I have learned through experience that this is assimilated with bottle age, so have a cool cellar handy. Excellent.

Neal Martin, vinous.com (June 2020)
(94—96)/100

A thoroughly moreish and high-quality Brane Cantenac, this is silky and seductive with impressive extraction of the tannins giving backbone and support to brambled and cassis fruits. Plenty of crushed stone and spice to add a gourmet edge alongside the just-smoked oak. Extremely high quality and one of the best Branes I've tasted at this stage. 3% of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc complete the blend. For the first time, all of the plots for this wine come from the plateau de Brane just in front of the château, a reflection of how well this terroir withstood the heat of the summer.

Jane Anson, Decanter (June 2020)
96/100

This shows exotic aromas of blackberries, wet earth, chocolate and fresh basil leaves. It’s full-bodied with round, creamy tannins and a flavorful finish. Intriguing and real on the palate.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (May 2020)
93—94/100

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