Brane-Cantenac 2020 (6x75cl)

Brane-Cantenac 2020 (6x75cl)

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A complete overachiever in its price range, Brane-Cantenac appears to be a “must-buy” for all Bordeaux lovers in this campaign.


Scoring a massive 95-97 points from Neal Martin (Vinous), not only is this potentially the estate’s highest-ever score, but it also equals the hugely acclaimed Rauzan-Ségla. Flanked by 96-97 points from James Suckling, both Martin and Suckling believe this 2020 is “the best of the trilogy years” (JS)


A blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc, Carménère and Petit Verdot, “harmonious and poised, this is an absolutely fantastic Brane-Cantenac” (NM). It has struck the difficult balance between showing off the “vintage’s pure, focused, surprisingly fresh profile” whilst remaining “concentrated and textured” (JD). A wine that will be very long-lived, Martin gives it a long and open drinking window up to 2057.

96-97 James Suckling  
95-97 Vinous (NM)  
94-96 Jeb Dunnuck  
94-96 Vinous (AG)  
94 Decanter  
91-93 Wine Advocate  
17 Jancis Robinson  
Details
  • Year 2020
  • Colour Red
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • Sub Region Margaux
  • Designation
  • Classification
  • Pack Size 6x75cl
  • ABV 13.00°
  • Drinking Window 2028 - 2057
  • Drinking Recommendation Not Ready
  • LWIN 100728620200600750
Reviews (7)
96-97 James Suckling  
95-97 Vinous (NM)  
94-96 Jeb Dunnuck  
94-96 Vinous (AG)  
94 Decanter  
91-93 Wine Advocate  
17 Jancis Robinson  
Producer

About Brane-Cantenac

An estate with a remarkably storied history, it may well hold the record for most name changes of any property in Bordeaux!  Brane-Cantenac, as we know it, is a 2éme Grand Cru Classé in the 1855 Classification. It came to be in the early 17th century when it was known as Domaine Guilhem Hosten. The wine was produced here early in the estate’s life those many centuries ago, with the vineyards first developed by the Gorce family, owners in the late 1700’s, who named it Château Gorce-Guy.  

 

Their wine was so highly regarded that it was one of the most expensive wines in all of Bordeaux, selling for almost as much money as Brane-Mouton (later of course purchased by the Rothschild family), the first property of the Baron of Brane who would sell Mouton in 1833 to fund his purchase of Cantenac.  

 

Finally, on the cusp of receiving its modern title, the Baron combined his own with the name of the nearby village of Cantenac in the Margaux appellation, just to the West of which the estate’s vineyards are still to be found. 

 

The Winemaking and the wine

Today it is run by the extremely capable Henri Lurton. Henri has overseen a huge programme of vineyard replanting, density increasing and drainage improvements. The total vineyard is 75ha with 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39.5% Merlot, 4.5% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot and 5% Carménère (used for the first time in the 2011 vintage). The 45ha used to produce the Grand Vin are mainly surrounding the château.

 

Henri’s arrival precipitated extensive investment in the winery, as well as vastly improved vineyard management techniques. Consequently, the wines are consistently showing weight and concentration, alongside that haunting bouquet and quintessential elegance that characterise the wines of Margaux.  

 

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