A Sensational Brane Cantenac

A Sensational Brane Cantenac
It's easy to lose track of wine’s essential role in the pursuit of the highest possible scores. Namely, fine wine is there to give pleasure, and if there is one region capable of producing the most seductive, pleasurable wines in the world, then it must surely be Bordeaux. As we’ve said many times now, the 2018 vintage has produced scores of wines that will seduce and mesmerise drinkers for many years to come, but Brane Cantenac stands head and shoulders above the others as one such sensational example. In our minds, this is one of the most charming, joyous and delightful wines of the vintage. There is a sumptuousness to the fruit and a glorious texture that coats the palate with sweet berry fruit, whilst notes of rose petals and violets delight the nose. It is deep yet light and vibrant, framed by effortless filigree tannins. Forget scores for a moment, “this is absolutely delicious,” in the words of our esteemed Buying Director. What more can you ask for?!

“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. 95-96/100”. - James Suckling, jamessuckling.com

“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. 92-95/100”. - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com

We also have a small quantity of Pontet Canet 2018 available at £520 per six. Alfred Tesseron’s vineyards are farmed biodynamically and were ravaged by mildew. The final wine is produced from just 10 hl/ha and is likely to become something of a collectors’ item. If you would like an allocation, please speak to your Account Manager.

“The 2018 Pontet-Canet is made up of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. Picking began on September 24 and finished on October 5; aging is in 55% oak barriques and 45% amphorae. Very deep purple-black in color, it comes rolling sensuously out of the glass with all the opulence and seduction of Cleopatra on a carpet. It emerges with flamboyant scents of crème de cassis, preserved plums and blueberry compote, and after a few moments, it bursts with nuances of molten licorice, sandalwood, Chinese five spice, candied violets, dark chocolate and dried roses, followed by underlying earthy suggestions of fallen leaves, black truffles, underbrush and wild sage. Full-bodied, wonderfully dense, rich, impossibly layered and very, very decadent, the palate delivers all it promises on the nose, with a firm, wonderfully velvety frame and finishing with epic length, a scintillating wave of freshness and a beguiling perfume. This is one for true hedonists. 97-99/100”. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Advocate