2010 Brane Cantenac introduced many technical improvements with the 2010 vintage, starting with, the Air Tec system, which they used for the first time. 2010 also marks the debut of the optical sorting machine at the estate. According to Henri Lurton, “The Optical Sorting Machine” was perfect for the difficult Merlot harvest.” Additionally, the estate added 4 small vats allowing for more precise vinification on separate parcels. Lurton credits much of the vintage’s style to the combination of dry weather and cool nights. From a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.5% alcohol, which is high for Brane Canenac. With a pH of 3.70, there is no sensation of heat in the wine. The Grand Vin represents 33% of the harvest.
2010 Brane Cantenac offers a delicate perfume of floral, jammy dark berries, cassis, oak and tobacco scents. Fresh, blackberry, floral, licorice and black cherry flavors, round ample tannins and a sweet, spicy cassis finish are the hallmarks of this wine. This shows more depth and acidity than the 2009. 92-94 Pts
2010 Baron de Brane – Blackberry, oak and coca scents open to an easy to drink, fresh, medium-bodied Margaux wine. 87-89 Pts
1928 Brane Cantenac Brick colored, this piece of history is filled with complex aromas of Cuban cigars, pipe tobacco, cherry blossoms, leather, soy and smoke. With the beautiful patina of age, rusty black cherries, spice, backed dark berry pies and spice. The wine began to fade after 20 minute. But those initial moments were memorable. It is always a treat to enjoy history. 93 Pts