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Specifications

Colour:

Red

Producer:

Château Brane-Cantenac

Region:

Bordeaux

Appellation:

Margaux

Grape Variety:

Cab Sauvignon Merlot

Château Brane Cantenac, 2ème Cru Classé, Margaux, 2020

6x75cl £300.00

5 cases Equiv. £50.00 per bottle

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Tasting Note:

“Concentration” is Henri Lurton’s word for 2020. After 50 days without rain, it’s no surprise that Brane has an intense colour and a deep core of fruit, however, what makes the 2020 so special is that it marries the characteristics of the vintage with the sumptuous style of this terroir. Beautifully perfumed fruit, notes of coal, crème de cassis, griotte, gentle spices, this is a pure and very seductive nose. On the palate, while serious and more profound than the 2019, it retains the classic Brane charm; refined, sophisticated with a generosity of fruit that feels like velvet on the palate. Pure crème de mûre, mulberry, notes of dark chocolate, very impressive and long, the fruit is sweet, fresh and vital. The tannin management is impeccable, they caress the palate with notes of cocoa nibs, and bramble fruit, providing length and definition on the saline finish. Delicious! 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot and 1% Carmenère.

"Violet-edged, lovely vibrant colour. A low-yield wine that has kept an impressively fresh core, with expressive fruits and a vibrant grip through the centre of the wine. Powerful, tight tannins and the concentration becomes clearer in the glass, a ton of bilberry, sage and rosemary aromatics, with a generous helping of graphite and crushed stone. All of these wines are going to need very careful ageing - although the reasonable alcohols should help. A yield of 31hl/ha. 18 months ageing in a mix of new oak barrels and amphoras. 1% Petit Verdot and 1% Carmenère completes the blend. Tasted twice. Drinking Window 2028 - 2044". 94/100 - Jane Anson, Decanter.com

"The 2020 Brane-Cantenac was picked September 14–28 and includes 13% vin de presse. It has exactly the same blend as last year since Henri Lurton and his team did not limit the Grand Vin to the 30-hectare plateau, a similar approach to Pichon-Baron when they reorganized their own vineyard. I allowed my sample an hour to open (during which I was discussing the wine with Lurton over Zoom). It has a beautifully defined bouquet of blackberry, wild hedgerow, fresh mint and light bay leaf scents. I have sometimes found a little greenness on the nose, but there is none in 2020. The palate is very well balanced with finely chiseled, precise tannins and beautifully judged acidity. Harmonious and poised, this is an absolutely fantastic Brane-Cantenac, in my mind superior to the previous two vintages, exuding wonderful mineralité on the finish. A must-buy. Drink from 2027 to 2057". 95-97/100 - Neal Martin, Vinous

"The 2020 Brane-Cantenac is deep, fleshy and savory. Strong Cabernet accents open first, leading to a core of inky dark fruit, lavender, spice, mint and chocolate. There is some new oak that needs to integrate, but time should take care of that. I especially admire the sense of classicism and energy here. This is a superb showing from Brane-Cantenac and the team led by Henri Lurton. Drink from 2028 to 2050". 94-96/100 - Antonio Galloni, Vinous

"The 2020 Brane-Cantenac is composed of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Carménère and 1% Petit Verdot. It weighs in with 13.7% alcohol and a pH of 3.71. Deep purple-black colored, it has a beautifully expressive nose of fresh redcurrants, blackcurrant jelly, kirsch and rose oil, plus hints of tobacco leaf, wild sage and crushed rocks. The medium-bodied palate is elegantly styled with a plush texture and plenty of freshness supporting the red berry and earthy flavors, finishing fragrant. Drink from 2024 to 2040". 91-93/100 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate

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