2005 Château Branon Pessac-Léognan Wine Tasting Note


2005 Château Branon  (Pessac-Léognan) 93

Round, lush, fleshy, full and loaded with smoky, dark red fruits, coffee and smoke. The deep colored wine remains youthful. But the fruit is so ripe and the tannins are so soft, you can enjoy this now, or wait another 3-5 years.

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Fat, rich, dense and lush, with a lot of concentration, smoke, ripe, dark fruits, espresso and earth. The wine coats your palate with fruit. Low in acid, it's almost too much of a good thing. This is quite young and will only get better with more time in the cellar.

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With its deep ruby color, this scarce wine offers a nose of black raspberry, coffee, earth, smoker and fresh herbs. This supple wine is concentrated with juicy, ripe fruit and spice. Produced in a sexy, ripe style, the wine finishes with chocolate covered berries. This is a polished and opulent Bordeaux. Only 500 cases are produced.

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Helene Garcin Pessac Leognan Wine Tasting Notes, Ratings

When to Drink Chateau Branon, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Branon can be enjoyed on the young side with decanting. But the wine can be oaky, so decanting is needed. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 1-3 hours, give or take. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Chateau Branon is usually better with at least 10 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Siran offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 10-25 years of age after the vintage.

Chateau Branon Character and Style

The style of Chateau Branon is lush, sexy and rich. The wine is concentrated and fleshy. There is a great purity of fruit and ample complexity in the flavors in this modern styled Bordeaux wine. With bottle age, the wines of Branon take on more softness and complexity.

But the wine has an oaky component that is not going to please all tasters. For quality at this level, coupled with a very small production, Branon remains fairly priced.

Serving Chateau Branon with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chateau Branon is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. The wine of Chateau Branon is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes.

Chateau Branon is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta as well as cheese.