Château Brane Cantenac, 2ème Cru Classé, Margaux, 2017

  Château Brane-Cantenac

This is another second growth that showed better at the UGC than at the Chateau. There was nothing wrong with either sample, but the Brane tasted at Siran had more depth and concentration - it was the clear star of the show. Marie Hélène Dussech explained that they are re-grafting more Cabernet Sauvignon onto Merlot rootstocks. The blend of the 2017 is 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. While it doesn't quite live up the standards set in 2015 and 2016, this is nonetheless a mighty impressive Brane Cantenac brimming with vitality. Perfumed notes of wild flowers, meaty Cabernet fruit, hints of coal, griotte and Chambord. The palate has good intensity with waves of pure hedgerow fruit, toast and sweet spice. The team integrated 3.4% press wine at an early stage which gives more mid palate weight. It feels cohesive, balanced and unforced - a really elegant, vibrant Margaux that finishes with engaging salty briar fruit. Excellent.

Contains Sulphites.

About Château Brane-Cantenac

Belonging to the Lurton family since 1920, Brane Cantenac is a 2ème cru classé, located in the appellation of Margaux. Their 90 hectares of vineyard area are planted on deep gravelly soils giving the wines tremendous aromatic qualitites. Henri Lurton took over from his father in 1992, continuing the tradition of making the wine in the vineyard and vinifying the wine carefully plot by plot.

Appellation: Margaux

The wines tend to show more perfume and roundness than neighbour St-Julien, Pauillac, and St-Estèphe, whilst retaining a certain structure and concentration. Margaux is the most southerly and most extensive of the famous Médoc communes, a patchwork of vineyards with lesser parcels classed purely as Haut-Médoc. A myriad of soil mixtures can be found, clay, limestone, and gravel. Though quality is not always consistent here, the potential is great as more Margaux properties were included in the 1855 classification of the Médoc and Graves than any other appellation.

The two leading lights are the highly sought after Châteaux Margaux and Palmer, though there are several other solid performers including Brane-Cantenac, Rauzan-Ségla, Durfort-Vivens, Lascombes, Giscours, Ferrières, Malescot St Exupery and Luc Thienpont’s new boutique vineyard, Clos des Quatre Vents.

Grape Blend: Cab. Sauvignon | Merlot | Cabernet Franc | Carmenere

A less widely utilised combination of the six permitted Bordeaux grapes (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot & Carmenere)