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Château Brane-Cantenac

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2023
92
Fresh cut lawn grass, green apples, white peach, and pineapple aromas take no effort to find. On the palate, the wine is soft, fresh, creamy and delivers its citrus, and sweet pineapples from start to finish. This is already delicious in your glass. The wine blends 62% Sauvignon with 28% Semillon. Drink from 2025-2033.

Fresh cut lawn grass, green apples, white peach, and pineapple aromas take no effort to find. On the palate, the wine is soft, fresh, creamy and delivers its citrus, and sweet pineapples from start to finish. This is already delicious in your glass. The wine blends 62% Sauvignon with 28% Semillon. Drink from 2025-2033.

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2023
96
Cuban cigars, cedar, cassis, spice, forest floor, and flowers open the perfume. On the palate, the wine shines with its silky textures, vibrancy, and hints of salty rocks that ride along effortlessly, with its layers of, sweet, ripe, black with red fruits. There is length, and refinement. Taking close to 1 month to harvest is what the difference with 2023. This is another vintage that Brane Cantenac lovers should have in their cellars. The wine blends 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and 1% Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Carmenere. 13.5% ABV, 3.77 pH. The harvest took place September 4 - October 2. The Grand Vin was produced from only 40% of the harvest. Drink from 2029-2055. 95-97 Pts.

Cuban cigars, cedar, cassis, spice, forest floor, and flowers open the perfume. On the palate, the wine shines with its silky textures, vibrancy, and hints of salty rocks that ride along effortlessly, with its layers of, sweet, ripe, black with red fruits. There is length, and refinement. Taking close to 1 month to harvest is what the difference with 2023. This is another vintage that Brane Cantenac lovers should have in their cellars. The wine blends 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and 1% Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Carmenere. 13.5% ABV, 3.77 pH. The harvest took place September 4 - October 2. The Grand Vin was produced from only 40% of the harvest. Drink from 2029-2055. 95-97 Pts.

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2023
91
Cedar, cigar wrapper, spice and red berry aromas create the perfume. On the palate, the wine is round, chocolatey, forward, and soft, with layers of ripe, creamy, black cherries, and a touch of dust to the tannins with a bit of peppery, spearmint that adds complexity to the endnote. This baby Brane is perfect to enjoy on release while waiting for the Grand Vin to develop. The wine blends 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 1% Carmenere, and 1% Petit Verdot, 13.8% ABV. Drink from 2026-2040.

Cedar, cigar wrapper, spice and red berry aromas create the perfume. On the palate, the wine is round, chocolatey, forward, and soft, with layers of ripe, creamy, black cherries, and a touch of dust to the tannins with a bit of peppery, spearmint that adds complexity to the endnote. This baby Brane is perfect to enjoy on release while waiting for the Grand Vin to develop. The wine blends 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 1% Carmenere, and 1% Petit Verdot, 13.8% ABV. Drink from 2026-2040.

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2022
97
Deeply colored, the wine opens with violets, lilacs, roses, cigar wrappers, creme de cassis, spice and lavender aromatics in the perfume. On the palate, the wine is pure silk and velvet. There is a beautiful elegance, symmetry, and balance you notice as soon as the wine graces your palate. There is length, purity, and refinement making this effortless to taste. The finish has no edges, leaving you with a wealth of sensuous fruits. Fans of Brane Cantenac should run, not walk, and buy this gem as prices continue to remain reasonable for a wine of this character, and quality. The wine blends 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, and 1% of Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Carmenere. The wine is 14.3% ABV, 3.61 pH. The harvest took place September 7 - October 4, with the Carmenere being picked October 10. This is the earliest start to a harvest in the history of the estate. Yields were 31.5% hectoliters per hectare. The Grand Vin was produced from only 42% of the harvest. Drink from 2027-2055. 96-98 Pts.

Deeply colored, the wine opens with violets, lilacs, roses, cigar wrappers, creme de cassis, spice and lavender aromatics in the perfume. On the palate, the wine is pure silk and velvet. There is a beautiful elegance, symmetry, and balance you notice as soon as the wine graces your palate. There is length, purity, and refinement making this effortless to taste. The finish has no edges, leaving you with a wealth of sensuous fruits. Fans of Brane Cantenac should run, not walk, and buy this gem as prices continue to remain reasonable for a wine of this character, and quality. The wine blends 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, and 1% of Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Carmenere. The wine is 14.3% ABV, 3.61 pH. The harvest took place September 7 - October 4, with the Carmenere being picked October 10. This is the earliest start to a harvest in the history of the estate. Yields were 31.5% hectoliters per hectare. The Grand Vin was produced from only 42% of the harvest. Drink from 2027-2055. 96-98 Pts.

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2021
90
Black raspberries, red currants, spice, cherries and dried roses pop in the aromatics. Medium-bodied, fresh, silky-textured and forward, with a core of ripe red plums and and cherries, this is good-to-go on release, while waiting for the Grand Vin to develop. Drink from 2024-2032.

Black raspberries, red currants, spice, cherries and dried roses pop in the aromatics. Medium-bodied, fresh, silky-textured and forward, with a core of ripe red plums and and cherries, this is good-to-go on release, while waiting for the Grand Vin to develop. Drink from 2024-2032.

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2021
90
Quite orange in nature with oranges, mango and tangerine at its core, the wine is sweet, vibrant and fruity, with lift and energy. This is a good example of a baby Brane Cantenac Blanc. Drink from 2024-2028.

Quite orange in nature with oranges, mango and tangerine at its core, the wine is sweet, vibrant and fruity, with lift and energy. This is a good example of a baby Brane Cantenac Blanc. Drink from 2024-2028.

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2021
93
Only the second vintage for this white from Brane Cantenac, the wine comes on strong with its notes of pineapple, flowers, green apples, pears, spice and orange rind. Fresh, and creamy as well as vibrant and fruity, the wine leaves you with a nice blend of lemons, pineapples, green apples and white peach. Drink from 2024-2030.

Only the second vintage for this white from Brane Cantenac, the wine comes on strong with its notes of pineapple, flowers, green apples, pears, spice and orange rind. Fresh, and creamy as well as vibrant and fruity, the wine leaves you with a nice blend of lemons, pineapples, green apples and white peach. Drink from 2024-2030.

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Light yellow in color, the wine opens with pineapple, mango, green apple and flowers. Fresh, juicy, vibrant and focused on its yellow citrus, with just a dollop of honey on the palate, the wine ends with an invigorating, lemon méringue note. The wine blends 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Semillon. Drink from 2023-2027 92-92

Light yellow in color, the wine opens with pineapple, mango, green apple and flowers. Fresh, juicy, vibrant and focused on its yellow citrus, with just a dollop of honey on the palate, the wine ends with an invigorating, lemon méringue note. The wine blends 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Semillon. Drink from 2023-2027 92-92

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2021
95
With a bit of oak that still needs integrate in the nose, the perfume quickly moves to roses, tobacco leaf, cherries, black currants, incense and a background note of orange rind. On the palate, soft, fresh, elegant and refined, with layers of sweet, ripe, red fruits that taste as good as they feel. This is an incredible success for the vintage. The wine blends 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot and 1% Carmenere. Drink from 2026-2050.

With a bit of oak that still needs integrate in the nose, the perfume quickly moves to roses, tobacco leaf, cherries, black currants, incense and a background note of orange rind. On the palate, soft, fresh, elegant and refined, with layers of sweet, ripe, red fruits that taste as good as they feel. This is an incredible success for the vintage. The wine blends 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot and 1% Carmenere. Drink from 2026-2050.

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Tobacco, roses, currants and bouquet garni kick off the perfume. The wine is soft, fresh, medium-bodied, and quite charming, as well as vibrant, finishing with a touch of spice on top of all the sweet red fruits you find on the backend. You will be able to enjoy this on release. The wine blends 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot and 1% Carmenere 12.7% ABV. The harvest took place September 23-October 7. Drink from 2023-2050 93-95

Tobacco, roses, currants and bouquet garni kick off the perfume. The wine is soft, fresh, medium-bodied, and quite charming, as well as vibrant, finishing with a touch of spice on top of all the sweet red fruits you find on the backend. You will be able to enjoy this on release. The wine blends 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot and 1% Carmenere 12.7% ABV. The harvest took place September 23-October 7. Drink from 2023-2050 93-95

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2020
97
With pungent notes of flowers, tobacco leaf, blackberry liqueur, creme de cassis, smoke, and wet earthy nuances, the perfume is in full force. The fruits on the palate offer purity, elegance, lift, and silky tannins, which is a good thing, because you want as much of these gorgeous, sweet, pure, red fruits as possible. The velvet and silk finish is a treat to taste and experience. This is another stellar vintage for Brane Cantenac, an estate that has been on a non-stop roll. This is a wow wine that fans of the estate should run, not walk, and buy as for now, prices are still more than reasonable. Drink from 2025-2055.

With pungent notes of flowers, tobacco leaf, blackberry liqueur, creme de cassis, smoke, and wet earthy nuances, the perfume is in full force. The fruits on the palate offer purity, elegance, lift, and silky tannins, which is a good thing, because you want as much of these gorgeous, sweet, pure, red fruits as possible. The velvet and silk finish is a treat to taste and experience. This is another stellar vintage for Brane Cantenac, an estate that has been on a non-stop roll. This is a wow wine that fans of the estate should run, not walk, and buy as for now, prices are still more than reasonable. Drink from 2025-2055.

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Blackberry liqueur, creme de cassis, violets, tobacco leaf and earthy nuances create the attention seeking nose. Dark in color, with equally dark, palate-coating fruits with layers of velvet-textured, sensuous, sexy, deep red berries. The fruits display a majestic sense of purity. The elegant, silky finish remains with you for close to 60 seconds, expanding and building in intensity. This is a wow wine that fans of the estate should run, not walk and buy as soon as its offered. The wine blends 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot and 1% Carmenere 13.7% ABV pH 3.71. The harvest took place September 14-September 28. 96-98 Pts

Blackberry liqueur, creme de cassis, violets, tobacco leaf and earthy nuances create the attention seeking nose. Dark in color, with equally dark, palate-coating fruits with layers of velvet-textured, sensuous, sexy, deep red berries. The fruits display a majestic sense of purity. The elegant, silky finish remains with you for close to 60 seconds, expanding and building in intensity. This is a wow wine that fans of the estate should run, not walk and buy as soon as its offered. The wine blends 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot and 1% Carmenere 13.7% ABV pH 3.71. The harvest took place September 14-September 28. 96-98 Pts

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2020
92
The debut vintage for this new white wine from Brane Cantenac is loaded with spicy, orange and yellow citrus, pears, green apples and white flowers. Juicy, creamy, and with loads of chalky yellow, orange and green citrus, Granny Smith apple with chalky tannins, this is already delicious in your glass. Drink from 2023-2028.

The debut vintage for this new white wine from Brane Cantenac is loaded with spicy, orange and yellow citrus, pears, green apples and white flowers. Juicy, creamy, and with loads of chalky yellow, orange and green citrus, Granny Smith apple with chalky tannins, this is already delicious in your glass. Drink from 2023-2028.

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2019
97
Brane Cantenac is on fire lately! Vintage after vintage, they have really been on top of their game and 2019 continues their hot-streak! I do not know what is better, the silky, supple, sensuous, and sexy textures on the palate, or the complex set of aromas with all of its roses, lilacs, violets, cherries, plums, tobacco-leaf, earth and herbs. The wine has texture, length and purity along with the ability to age and evolve for up to 3 decades. This is a beautiful wine from Brane Cantenac. Drink from 2027-2060.

Brane Cantenac is on fire lately! Vintage after vintage, they have really been on top of their game and 2019 continues their hot-streak! I do not know what is better, the silky, supple, sensuous, and sexy textures on the palate, or the complex set of aromas with all of its roses, lilacs, violets, cherries, plums, tobacco-leaf, earth and herbs. The wine has texture, length and purity along with the ability to age and evolve for up to 3 decades. This is a beautiful wine from Brane Cantenac. Drink from 2027-2060.

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Brane Cantenac has been on a hot streak since 2015 and 2019 clearly continues their streak. Flowers, tobacco leaf, herbs and red pit fruits with a closing hint of blackberry create the beautiful perfume. On the palate the wine is sensual, fresh, rich and vivid, with an array of dark red fruits, that really stays with you. This is a gorgeous vintage for Brane Cantenac. 95-97 Pts

Brane Cantenac has been on a hot streak since 2015 and 2019 clearly continues their streak. Flowers, tobacco leaf, herbs and red pit fruits with a closing hint of blackberry create the beautiful perfume. On the palate the wine is sensual, fresh, rich and vivid, with an array of dark red fruits, that really stays with you. This is a gorgeous vintage for Brane Cantenac. 95-97 Pts

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2019
93
The debut vintage for this new white wine from Brane Cantenac is bright, fresh and floral, with sweet, juicy, Pippin apples, pears, lemon peel and grapefruit aromatics. Crisp and creamy with a crunchy yellow citrus core and finish, you can enjoy this now, or over the next decade with ease.

The debut vintage for this new white wine from Brane Cantenac is bright, fresh and floral, with sweet, juicy, Pippin apples, pears, lemon peel and grapefruit aromatics. Crisp and creamy with a crunchy yellow citrus core and finish, you can enjoy this now, or over the next decade with ease.

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2018
96
Elegant, fresh and refined, the wine offers layers of sweet, ripe, fresh, red berries, smoke, flowers, wet earth, herbs, spice box and tobacco leaf in the perfume. On the palate, the wine is silky, lifted, long and pure, displaying a beautiful depth of flavor in the finish. The wine blends 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot.

Elegant, fresh and refined, the wine offers layers of sweet, ripe, fresh, red berries, smoke, flowers, wet earth, herbs, spice box and tobacco leaf in the perfume. On the palate, the wine is silky, lifted, long and pure, displaying a beautiful depth of flavor in the finish. The wine blends 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot.

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Deep garnet in color, this wine exudes a dark, black cherry core of fruits. Next, the perfume reveals hints of smoke, flowers, thyme and cigar wrapper. On the palate, the wine is focused on silky tannins, elegant textures and depth of flavor. Fans of Brane Cantenac should know that even with this depth of fruit the wine is still dances lightly over the palate. I am not ready to pick a favorite from the 2015, 2016 and 2018 trio but it is going to be fun tasting and comparing those vintages over the next few decades! From a blend of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 13% ABV with a pH of 3.76. It represents 60% of the harvest, which took place from September 14 to October 10. The higher than usual percentage of the Grand Vin is due to the frost, which hit the areas of the vineyard customarily reserved for the second wine. 95-97 Pts

Deep garnet in color, this wine exudes a dark, black cherry core of fruits. Next, the perfume reveals hints of smoke, flowers, thyme and cigar wrapper. On the palate, the wine is focused on silky tannins, elegant textures and depth of flavor. Fans of Brane Cantenac should know that even with this depth of fruit the wine is still dances lightly over the palate. I am not ready to pick a favorite from the 2015, 2016 and 2018 trio but it is going to be fun tasting and comparing those vintages over the next few decades! From a blend of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 13% ABV with a pH of 3.76. It represents 60% of the harvest, which took place from September 14 to October 10. The higher than usual percentage of the Grand Vin is due to the frost, which hit the areas of the vineyard customarily reserved for the second wine. 95-97 Pts

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2017
94
Offering an intoxicating mélange of floral, earthy and spicy scents along with cedar, tobacco and black raspberry notes, it’s very apparent something brilliant is about to happen. In the glass, you’ll find elegance and refinement. The fruits are on the red side but the tannins are so delicate, the juice so plentiful, that attention is elsewhere. From a blend of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 13% ABV with a pH of 3.76. It represents 60% of the harvest. The higher than usual percentage of the Grand Vin is due to the frost, which hit the parts of the vineyard customarily reserved for the second wine. The harvest took place from September 14 to October 10.

Offering an intoxicating mélange of floral, earthy and spicy scents along with cedar, tobacco and black raspberry notes, it’s very apparent something brilliant is about to happen. In the glass, you’ll find elegance and refinement. The fruits are on the red side but the tannins are so delicate, the juice so plentiful, that attention is elsewhere. From a blend of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 13% ABV with a pH of 3.76. It represents 60% of the harvest. The higher than usual percentage of the Grand Vin is due to the frost, which hit the parts of the vineyard customarily reserved for the second wine. The harvest took place from September 14 to October 10.

3,192 Views   Tasted
2016
95
Still dark in color, the wine is clearly powerful, with notes of black tea, flowers, dark Cuban cigars, and black cherries. Balanced, fresh, harmonious, long, and rich, there is lift, energy, length, intensity, and purity with a chalky edge to the finish. This is not a wine for today, you need some patience before it shows really well. If you are not familiar with the level of wine coming from Brane Cantenac these days, you should be. Drink from 2030-2060.

Still dark in color, the wine is clearly powerful, with notes of black tea, flowers, dark Cuban cigars, and black cherries. Balanced, fresh, harmonious, long, and rich, there is lift, energy, length, intensity, and purity with a chalky edge to the finish. This is not a wine for today, you need some patience before it shows really well. If you are not familiar with the level of wine coming from Brane Cantenac these days, you should be. Drink from 2030-2060.

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The complex nose sets you in the right direction with its hints of espresso, flowers, thyme, ripe cherry, plum and cocoa aromas. Medium-bodied, finesse styled in character, with silky textures and freshness, if you can wait a decade for this to open, you are going to have a stunner in your glass!.

The complex nose sets you in the right direction with its hints of espresso, flowers, thyme, ripe cherry, plum and cocoa aromas. Medium-bodied, finesse styled in character, with silky textures and freshness, if you can wait a decade for this to open, you are going to have a stunner in your glass!.

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This is all about the finesse styled character, silky, sexy textures and purity found in the ripe, sweet, cherry notes. Ripe, vibrant and sensuous, there is length and complexity, making you want to take another sip, until the bottle is gone far too quickly.

This is all about the finesse styled character, silky, sexy textures and purity found in the ripe, sweet, cherry notes. Ripe, vibrant and sensuous, there is length and complexity, making you want to take another sip, until the bottle is gone far too quickly.

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Quite floral in nature, with the added nuances of tobacco leaf, forest floor, spice, black and red fruits. Silky, soft and on the fresh side, there is a vibrancy to the fruit that combines lift and sweet, pure cherry fruits. This will age quite nicely.

Quite floral in nature, with the added nuances of tobacco leaf, forest floor, spice, black and red fruits. Silky, soft and on the fresh side, there is a vibrancy to the fruit that combines lift and sweet, pure cherry fruits. This will age quite nicely.

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Garnet in color, the wine begins with a dominant spray of flowers followed by the aroma of wet earth, spice box, mint, caramel, espresso and blackberry. Elegant but not light, this is supple, fresh, balanced and energetic with crisp, red berries, easy yet vibrant tannins and spicy notes in the finish. Blending 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Carmenere, this wine reached 13.3% with a pH of 3.69. The Grand Vin represents 40% of the harvest and the picking took place from September 22 to October 17, save for the Carmenere, which was harvested on October 20.

Garnet in color, the wine begins with a dominant spray of flowers followed by the aroma of wet earth, spice box, mint, caramel, espresso and blackberry. Elegant but not light, this is supple, fresh, balanced and energetic with crisp, red berries, easy yet vibrant tannins and spicy notes in the finish. Blending 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Carmenere, this wine reached 13.3% with a pH of 3.69. The Grand Vin represents 40% of the harvest and the picking took place from September 22 to October 17, save for the Carmenere, which was harvested on October 20.

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2015
97
Already incredible to drink, the wine is concentrated, rich, sensuous, and packed with layers of fruit that does not quit. Even though it is early days, it is difficult not to be seduced by the complex aromatics and if that does not grab you, the velvet-textured opulence in the finish will. If you prefer exuberant, youthful fruits, with decadent textures, and a finish packed with fruit and glycerin, try a bottle now, If you desire more secondary notes, wait a few more years. Either way, this is a superb wine and a clear candidate for the best vintage of Brane Cantenac ever produced! Drink from 2024-2055.

Already incredible to drink, the wine is concentrated, rich, sensuous, and packed with layers of fruit that does not quit. Even though it is early days, it is difficult not to be seduced by the complex aromatics and if that does not grab you, the velvet-textured opulence in the finish will. If you prefer exuberant, youthful fruits, with decadent textures, and a finish packed with fruit and glycerin, try a bottle now, If you desire more secondary notes, wait a few more years. Either way, this is a superb wine and a clear candidate for the best vintage of Brane Cantenac ever produced! Drink from 2024-2055.

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If this does not knock you out, I do not know what to say. Refined and elegant, with depth, vibrancy and purity of fruit, this is clearly the best wine made in the long history of Brane Cantenac. Intellectual and sexy, the sweet, perfectly ripe fruits, intense florality, silky tannins and length are in abundance here. There is a lot going on here in the nose and on the palate to keep you busy for decades! And at least for the time being, the wine still sells for a song.

If this does not knock you out, I do not know what to say. Refined and elegant, with depth, vibrancy and purity of fruit, this is clearly the best wine made in the long history of Brane Cantenac. Intellectual and sexy, the sweet, perfectly ripe fruits, intense florality, silky tannins and length are in abundance here. There is a lot going on here in the nose and on the palate to keep you busy for decades! And at least for the time being, the wine still sells for a song.

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This wine deserves accolades for its balanced mix of purity of fruit, elegance, grace, refinement and frankly, sexy character. Without reservation, this is the best wine ever produced here. There is a serious depth of flavor, complexity and excitement that makes you want to take another sniff, sip and swallow. The sweet, perfectly ripe fruits, intense florality, silky tannins and length are found in abundance here. And at least for the time being, the wine still sells for a song.

This wine deserves accolades for its balanced mix of purity of fruit, elegance, grace, refinement and frankly, sexy character. Without reservation, this is the best wine ever produced here. There is a serious depth of flavor, complexity and excitement that makes you want to take another sniff, sip and swallow. The sweet, perfectly ripe fruits, intense florality, silky tannins and length are found in abundance here. And at least for the time being, the wine still sells for a song.

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Truffle, forest floor, cocoa and ripe, dark, red fruits enliven the perfume. On the palate, this wine is silky, subtle and focused on freshness and purity of ready fruit. Elegance and weight enhance a long, crisp finish that feels wonderful on your palate. Blending 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Carmenere, the wine reached 13.6% with a pH of 3.78. The Grand Vin represents 42% of the harvest. This is my favorite vintage of Brane Cantenac, although Henri Lurton prefers the 2010. Either way, they are both superior vintages. 95 - 97 Pts

Truffle, forest floor, cocoa and ripe, dark, red fruits enliven the perfume. On the palate, this wine is silky, subtle and focused on freshness and purity of ready fruit. Elegance and weight enhance a long, crisp finish that feels wonderful on your palate. Blending 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Carmenere, the wine reached 13.6% with a pH of 3.78. The Grand Vin represents 42% of the harvest. This is my favorite vintage of Brane Cantenac, although Henri Lurton prefers the 2010. Either way, they are both superior vintages. 95 - 97 Pts

9,108 Views   Tasted
2014
92
Brane Cantenac is really on fire at the moment. This already, delicious, medium bodied wine is all about its finesse, floral and sweet cherry center. The finish is as elegant as it is energetic.

Brane Cantenac is really on fire at the moment. This already, delicious, medium bodied wine is all about its finesse, floral and sweet cherry center. The finish is as elegant as it is energetic.

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Strawberry, caramel, thyme and cherries stir this perfume into action, soaking the palate with spice, cherries and dark cocoa. This medium-bodied wine has a classically, elegant, fresh finish making it all the more agreeable. From a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13% ABV with a pH of 3.73. It represents 38% of the harvest. 91-92 Pts

Strawberry, caramel, thyme and cherries stir this perfume into action, soaking the palate with spice, cherries and dark cocoa. This medium-bodied wine has a classically, elegant, fresh finish making it all the more agreeable. From a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13% ABV with a pH of 3.73. It represents 38% of the harvest. 91-92 Pts

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2013
89
More interesting on the nose, with its smoky, floral and cherry bouquet than on the medium bodied, soft, bright, red berry palate. Drink this on the young side.

More interesting on the nose, with its smoky, floral and cherry bouquet than on the medium bodied, soft, bright, red berry palate. Drink this on the young side.

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With floral, earth and cherry notes, this elegantly styled wine has a core of fresh cherries and soft, dusty tannins in the finish that will want to consumed in its first decade of life. From a blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.1% ABV with a pH of 3.66. From yields of 22 hectoliters per hectare, the Grand Vin represents 38.9% of the production. 88-90 Pts

With floral, earth and cherry notes, this elegantly styled wine has a core of fresh cherries and soft, dusty tannins in the finish that will want to consumed in its first decade of life. From a blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.1% ABV with a pH of 3.66. From yields of 22 hectoliters per hectare, the Grand Vin represents 38.9% of the production. 88-90 Pts

2,092 Views   Tasted
2012
91
Licorice, cocoa, forest floor and sweet black cherry aromas lead you to a spicy, fresh, silky, crisp, sweet and tart mouthful of red fruits in an elegant styling.

Licorice, cocoa, forest floor and sweet black cherry aromas lead you to a spicy, fresh, silky, crisp, sweet and tart mouthful of red fruits in an elegant styling.

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Blending 68% Cabernet Sauvignon and 32% Merlot, the wine reached 13% ABV with a pH of 3.86. With a cassis, anise, floral, tobacco and earthy personality, the medium-bodied wine is bright, fresh, elegant and crisp with a sweet cassis- and blackberry-filled finish. 90-92 Pts

Blending 68% Cabernet Sauvignon and 32% Merlot, the wine reached 13% ABV with a pH of 3.86. With a cassis, anise, floral, tobacco and earthy personality, the medium-bodied wine is bright, fresh, elegant and crisp with a sweet cassis- and blackberry-filled finish. 90-92 Pts

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2011
90
Forest floor, flowers and bright, fresh black raspberries are in the open, with this elegant, feminine, medium bodied, ready to drink soft wine.

Forest floor, flowers and bright, fresh black raspberries are in the open, with this elegant, feminine, medium bodied, ready to drink soft wine.

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From a blend of 56.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, and for the first time, a small percentage of .5% Carmenere has been added as well. Forest aromas with leaves, kirsch, flowers and spice, this medium-bodied, soft and round wine ends with a fresh and bright black raspberry and cassis finish. 90-91 Pts

From a blend of 56.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, and for the first time, a small percentage of .5% Carmenere has been added as well. Forest aromas with leaves, kirsch, flowers and spice, this medium-bodied, soft and round wine ends with a fresh and bright black raspberry and cassis finish. 90-91 Pts

3,367 Views   Tasted
2010
93
Deep ruby in color, the wine remains youthful. Now, it is easy to see its qualities, the richness, concentration, and layers of ripe, sweet fruits along with soft, polished tannins and vibrant acidities. But the wine is clearly reticent and holding back much of what it will deliver with a bit more aging. So, if you have a bottle or two, or a case, let it rest for a bit. Drink from 2028-2050.

Deep ruby in color, the wine remains youthful. Now, it is easy to see its qualities, the richness, concentration, and layers of ripe, sweet fruits along with soft, polished tannins and vibrant acidities. But the wine is clearly reticent and holding back much of what it will deliver with a bit more aging. So, if you have a bottle or two, or a case, let it rest for a bit. Drink from 2028-2050.

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Great nose, packed with fresh flowers, cherries, earth, spice and jam. Focused, refined, elegant and concentrated with layers of sweet, ripe, lush, fruits, blending 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc, this is the best vintage of Brane Cantenac I’ve ever tasted. Look for this to age well.

Great nose, packed with fresh flowers, cherries, earth, spice and jam. Focused, refined, elegant and concentrated with layers of sweet, ripe, lush, fruits, blending 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc, this is the best vintage of Brane Cantenac I’ve ever tasted. Look for this to age well.

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Forest, flower, black raspberry, smoke, earth aromas pair perfectly with the depth of flavor found in this Margaux wine. With ripe tannins and sweet, soft, energetic, pure black cherry personality, this is elegance.

Forest, flower, black raspberry, smoke, earth aromas pair perfectly with the depth of flavor found in this Margaux wine. With ripe tannins and sweet, soft, energetic, pure black cherry personality, this is elegance.

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2010 Brane Cantenac offers a perfume with cassis, chocolate, licorice, spice and truffle aromas. In the mouth, the tannins feel silky and round. With round textures and pure blackberry fruit essences, the wine ends in a long, ripe, dark berry finish. This is developing more flavor and intensity as it ages in barrel. This Margaux wine was more expensive in 2010. The wine came out at 54 Euros. 94-95 Pts

2010 Brane Cantenac offers a perfume with cassis, chocolate, licorice, spice and truffle aromas. In the mouth, the tannins feel silky and round. With round textures and pure blackberry fruit essences, the wine ends in a long, ripe, dark berry finish. This is developing more flavor and intensity as it ages in barrel. This Margaux wine was more expensive in 2010. The wine came out at 54 Euros. 94-95 Pts

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2010 Brane Cantenac From a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.5% ABV, 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. The wine opens with 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 Brane Cantenac From a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.5% ABV, 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. The wine opens with 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

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2009
95
Wow, this has really blossomed with time in the bottle. With just a bit of lightness to the color starting to shine though, there is a richness and silkiness found in the fruit that makes this impossible not to want to take another sip. Rich and seductive, the wine is elegant, supple, long, and fresh. There is a refreshing minty note on the palate that accompanies the sweet fruit adding complexity and pleasure. You can start drinking this now, or age it for a few more years and enjoy it for at least 2 decades or more after that. Drink from 2025-2045.

Wow, this has really blossomed with time in the bottle. With just a bit of lightness to the color starting to shine though, there is a richness and silkiness found in the fruit that makes this impossible not to want to take another sip. Rich and seductive, the wine is elegant, supple, long, and fresh. There is a refreshing minty note on the palate that accompanies the sweet fruit adding complexity and pleasure. You can start drinking this now, or age it for a few more years and enjoy it for at least 2 decades or more after that. Drink from 2025-2045.

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Just starting to lighten in color, you find cigar box, tobacco leaf, spice, wet forest leaf and cassis in the nose. Medium bodied, elegant, fresh and silky, the red cherry and plums are on the bright side, with good freshness in the finish. The wine was made from blending 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc.

Just starting to lighten in color, you find cigar box, tobacco leaf, spice, wet forest leaf and cassis in the nose. Medium bodied, elegant, fresh and silky, the red cherry and plums are on the bright side, with good freshness in the finish. The wine was made from blending 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc.

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With an inviting perfume filled with wet earth, blackberries, black cherry, smoke, spice and floral notes, this medium bodied Margaux is refined, supple and elegant. The wine finishes with ample layers of fresh, black and red fruits. Give it a few year to flesh out. The wine was made from a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc,

With an inviting perfume filled with wet earth, blackberries, black cherry, smoke, spice and floral notes, this medium bodied Margaux is refined, supple and elegant. The wine finishes with ample layers of fresh, black and red fruits. Give it a few year to flesh out. The wine was made from a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc,

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2009 Brane Cantenac shows ample dark berry, anise, forest, spice, and wood aromas. This elegant, supple wine ends with dark fruit, licorice, and black cherry flavors. This is my favorite vintage of Brane Cantenac. 91/93 Pts

2009 Brane Cantenac shows ample dark berry, anise, forest, spice, and wood aromas. This elegant, supple wine ends with dark fruit, licorice, and black cherry flavors. This is my favorite vintage of Brane Cantenac. 91/93 Pts

9,974 Views   Tasted
2008
91
Showing its age in the color, the developing nose offers wet earth, espresso and red fruits. The wine is medium bodied,, with barely a tannic edge remaining to the sweet cherries on the palate. Just a few more years will add even more softness and complexity to the wine. The wine was made from blending 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc.

Showing its age in the color, the developing nose offers wet earth, espresso and red fruits. The wine is medium bodied,, with barely a tannic edge remaining to the sweet cherries on the palate. Just a few more years will add even more softness and complexity to the wine. The wine was made from blending 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc.

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Tobacco, cassis, earth and truffle scents open to a medium bodied, soft, elegant style of Margaux. The wine ends with a dark cherry finish. This wine will offer pleasure early.

Tobacco, cassis, earth and truffle scents open to a medium bodied, soft, elegant style of Margaux. The wine ends with a dark cherry finish. This wine will offer pleasure early.

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2008 Brane Cantenac greets your nose with floral, earth, cassis, cedar, and blackberry aromas. Medium bodied in texture, this elegant, cassis filled wine should drink well young. 91 Pts

2008 Brane Cantenac greets your nose with floral, earth, cassis, cedar, and blackberry aromas. Medium bodied in texture, this elegant, cassis filled wine should drink well young. 91 Pts

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08 Château Brane-Cantenac is one of the more elegant wines from the region. With floral, cherry, and spicy cassis, this perfumed wine is a treat on the nose. Medium bodied, this finesse style of Margaux finishes with clean, ripe, fresh berry and cherry flavors. In the search for improved quality, the chateau is now conducting malolactic in the barrel and increasing selection in the vineyards. Both choices will add depth and help improve the wine. 90-92 Pts

08 Château Brane-Cantenac is one of the more elegant wines from the region. With floral, cherry, and spicy cassis, this perfumed wine is a treat on the nose. Medium bodied, this finesse style of Margaux finishes with clean, ripe, fresh berry and cherry flavors. In the search for improved quality, the chateau is now conducting malolactic in the barrel and increasing selection in the vineyards. Both choices will add depth and help improve the wine. 90-92 Pts

7,233 Views   Tasted
2007
89
Medium bodied and fully developed, the nose has moved to earth, truffle, tobacco and cassis. Soft textured, light, but still fresh, the fruit has an earthy character and the tannins are slightly furry, but this is quite nice for the vintage. However, it does require drinking sooner than later.

Medium bodied and fully developed, the nose has moved to earth, truffle, tobacco and cassis. Soft textured, light, but still fresh, the fruit has an earthy character and the tannins are slightly furry, but this is quite nice for the vintage. However, it does require drinking sooner than later.

3,700 Views   Tasted
Medium bodied and fully developed, the nose has moved to earth, truffle, tobacco and cassis. Soft textured, light, but still fresh, the fruit has an earthy character and the tannins are slightly furry, but this is quite nice for the vintage. However, it does require drinking sooner than later.

Medium bodied and fully developed, the nose has moved to earth, truffle, tobacco and cassis. Soft textured, light, but still fresh, the fruit has an earthy character and the tannins are slightly furry, but this is quite nice for the vintage. However, it does require drinking sooner than later.

2,692 Views   Tasted
2006
91
Medium bodied, showing some aging in the color, the wine is sweet, soft, fresh and open, displaying none of the hard tannins found at many Left Bank estates in this vintage. The elegant, cherry and spice filled finish shows nice freshness in its character. You can enjoy this now, or age it for at least another decade.

Medium bodied, showing some aging in the color, the wine is sweet, soft, fresh and open, displaying none of the hard tannins found at many Left Bank estates in this vintage. The elegant, cherry and spice filled finish shows nice freshness in its character. You can enjoy this now, or age it for at least another decade.

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2005
93
There is a slightly bricking to the color as the wine matures. Tobacco leaf, currants, cedar, and garrigue create the nose. Silky, supple, and seductive on the medium-bodied palate, the fruit is soft, ripe, and fresh, with dusty tannins in the finish. Drink from 2022-2045.

There is a slightly bricking to the color as the wine matures. Tobacco leaf, currants, cedar, and garrigue create the nose. Silky, supple, and seductive on the medium-bodied palate, the fruit is soft, ripe, and fresh, with dusty tannins in the finish. Drink from 2022-2045.

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Medium bodied, elegant in style, with a focus on freshness and purity, coupled with silky, smooth textures, cherries, black raspberries, plum tobacco and smoky, earthy notes. This is just now starting to get going. Another 5 years will add more complexity and depth to the wine. The wine is made using a blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc.

Medium bodied, elegant in style, with a focus on freshness and purity, coupled with silky, smooth textures, cherries, black raspberries, plum tobacco and smoky, earthy notes. This is just now starting to get going. Another 5 years will add more complexity and depth to the wine. The wine is made using a blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc.

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With a beautiful perfume filled with black cherries, cassis, earth, spice, fresh herbs and tobacco, this medium bodied, elegant Margaux is developing well. Due to its lighter style, this will please some tasters more than others. Starting with the 2009, the wines have added more concentration, while retaining the freshness and refined quality the chateau is known for.

With a beautiful perfume filled with black cherries, cassis, earth, spice, fresh herbs and tobacco, this medium bodied, elegant Margaux is developing well. Due to its lighter style, this will please some tasters more than others. Starting with the 2009, the wines have added more concentration, while retaining the freshness and refined quality the chateau is known for.

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Powerful aromas need very little coaxing before tasters experience flowers, cassis, fennel and cherries. Medium/full bodied, this elegant style of Margaux is soft and refined. Finishing with freshness, spice and sweet black cherries, this finesse style of Bordeaux wine should drink well young.

Powerful aromas need very little coaxing before tasters experience flowers, cassis, fennel and cherries. Medium/full bodied, this elegant style of Margaux is soft and refined. Finishing with freshness, spice and sweet black cherries, this finesse style of Bordeaux wine should drink well young.

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2004
88
The color of rose hip tea, more interesting on the nose than the palate, with its truffle, tobacco and cassis aromatic profile. Lightly styled, with bright cassis and cranberry in the finish, this is a wine to drink sooner than later. The wine is a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc.

The color of rose hip tea, more interesting on the nose than the palate, with its truffle, tobacco and cassis aromatic profile. Lightly styled, with bright cassis and cranberry in the finish, this is a wine to drink sooner than later. The wine is a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc.

3,534 Views   Tasted
2003
90
With flowers, tobacco, earth and blackberry aromas, this medium bodied wine has retained some freshness on the mid palate, ending with a slightly dusty, red berry finish. The wine is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc.

With flowers, tobacco, earth and blackberry aromas, this medium bodied wine has retained some freshness on the mid palate, ending with a slightly dusty, red berry finish. The wine is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc.

5,235 Views   Tasted
2002
88
Medium bodied, with a firmness to the tannins, a nose with a lot of tobacco tinged charm, red fruits and an earthy, forest and leafy component. The wine lacks the elegance and charm often enjoyed in subsequent vintages. The wine was made blending 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc.

Medium bodied, with a firmness to the tannins, a nose with a lot of tobacco tinged charm, red fruits and an earthy, forest and leafy component. The wine lacks the elegance and charm often enjoyed in subsequent vintages. The wine was made blending 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc.

3,175 Views   Tasted
2001
90
Medium bodied, finesse styled wine with a fresh, soft, elegant, cherry, tobacco and earthy character. Lots of charm, and fragrance, but not a lot of depth. The wine was made from a blend with an unusually high percentage of Merlot: 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc.

Medium bodied, finesse styled wine with a fresh, soft, elegant, cherry, tobacco and earthy character. Lots of charm, and fragrance, but not a lot of depth. The wine was made from a blend with an unusually high percentage of Merlot: 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc.

3,909 Views   Tasted
2000
92
Medium-bodied, elegant, fresh, and soft in texture, the wine opens with its blend of flowers, truffle, tobacco leaf, and currants. The wine is vibrant and fresh with an edge to the red berries in the finish. This is clearly in its drinking window. Drink 2022-2035.

Medium-bodied, elegant, fresh, and soft in texture, the wine opens with its blend of flowers, truffle, tobacco leaf, and currants. The wine is vibrant and fresh with an edge to the red berries in the finish. This is clearly in its drinking window. Drink 2022-2035.

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2 decades of age has been kind to this wine, adding weight, complexity, and richness. Now you find a medium-bodied, soft, fresh, energetic, earthy wine filled with sweet, red fruits and dried floral notes. Elegant, balanced, and fresh, the wine expresses purity in a reserved manner, finishing with earth and herb overtones with a touch of thyme and hint of cocoa to go along with the sweet cherries in the finish. This is drinking beautifully today. The wine is a blend of 55% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc. Note to self... Drink more old vintages of Brane Cantenac!

2 decades of age has been kind to this wine, adding weight, complexity, and richness. Now you find a medium-bodied, soft, fresh, energetic, earthy wine filled with sweet, red fruits and dried floral notes. Elegant, balanced, and fresh, the wine expresses purity in a reserved manner, finishing with earth and herb overtones with a touch of thyme and hint of cocoa to go along with the sweet cherries in the finish. This is drinking beautifully today. The wine is a blend of 55% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc. Note to self... Drink more old vintages of Brane Cantenac!

4,885 Views   Tasted
With a developed nose, tobacco, truffle, red pit fruits and earthy scents are easy to find. Medium bodied and elegant in style, the wine ends wine a sweet cherry and cassis filled finish. This is close to full mature and should be enjoyed over the next decade for maximum freshness. The wine has a higher amount of Merlot in the blend, when compared to today\'s vintages: 55% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc.

With a developed nose, tobacco, truffle, red pit fruits and earthy scents are easy to find. Medium bodied and elegant in style, the wine ends wine a sweet cherry and cassis filled finish. This is close to full mature and should be enjoyed over the next decade for maximum freshness. The wine has a higher amount of Merlot in the blend, when compared to today\'s vintages: 55% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc.

9,501 Views   Tasted
This opens with a red and black fruit filled perfume, complicated by notes of tobacco, forest and spice. Elegantly textured and medium bodied, most of the tannins have already melted away.

This opens with a red and black fruit filled perfume, complicated by notes of tobacco, forest and spice. Elegantly textured and medium bodied, most of the tannins have already melted away.

8,207 Views   Tasted
1999
90
Medium bodied, finesse in style, this elegant charmer is fully ready to deliver all its soft, fresh, earthy, floral, leafy, red berry character. The wine was made with a blend of 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc.

Medium bodied, finesse in style, this elegant charmer is fully ready to deliver all its soft, fresh, earthy, floral, leafy, red berry character. The wine was made with a blend of 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc.

5,124 Views   Tasted
1996
90
Fully mature, elegant in style, medium bodied, and slightly more focused on the perfume, with its blend of tobacco, cigar box, cherries, flowers and herbs. The strong floral and herb character comes from the large amount of Cabernet Franc in the blend. There is some dryness in the finish, but the nose is so pretty and ripe has ripeness, I gloss over that. But that issue will increase with more cellaring as the fruit fades. There is no reason to age this wine any longer. The wine was produced from blending 47.6% Merlot , 35.4% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Cabernet Franc.

Fully mature, elegant in style, medium bodied, and slightly more focused on the perfume, with its blend of tobacco, cigar box, cherries, flowers and herbs. The strong floral and herb character comes from the large amount of Cabernet Franc in the blend. There is some dryness in the finish, but the nose is so pretty and ripe has ripeness, I gloss over that. But that issue will increase with more cellaring as the fruit fades. There is no reason to age this wine any longer. The wine was produced from blending 47.6% Merlot , 35.4% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Cabernet Franc.

5,379 Views   Tasted
1995
91
Medium bodied, quite soft and silky, with almost, but not quite high pitched fruits. The freshness works here, with all the gentle tannins, strong floral, earthy, tobacco notes and sweet, red cherry and red plum in the finish. This is probably at peak, where it will remain for at least another 10-15 more years, if well stored. The wine was made from a blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc.

Medium bodied, quite soft and silky, with almost, but not quite high pitched fruits. The freshness works here, with all the gentle tannins, strong floral, earthy, tobacco notes and sweet, red cherry and red plum in the finish. This is probably at peak, where it will remain for at least another 10-15 more years, if well stored. The wine was made from a blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc.

4,135 Views   Tasted
1990
89
This light ruby colored wine was showing signs of age. With complex aromatics of tobacco, truffle, cassis and fresh leaves were a pleasure to spend with, Medium bodied with elegant textures, the wine finished with spicy cassis. The wine was made blending 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 13% Cabernet Franc.

This light ruby colored wine was showing signs of age. With complex aromatics of tobacco, truffle, cassis and fresh leaves were a pleasure to spend with, Medium bodied with elegant textures, the wine finished with spicy cassis. The wine was made blending 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 13% Cabernet Franc.

4,054 Views   Tasted
1989
90
The wine is light in color. Aromatics of truffle, earth, cassis, spice, and cedar are a pleasure to sniff. Medium bodied and elegantly textured, this fully mature wine ends in a short, cherry and plum note

The wine is light in color. Aromatics of truffle, earth, cassis, spice, and cedar are a pleasure to sniff. Medium bodied and elegantly textured, this fully mature wine ends in a short, cherry and plum note

3,741 Views   Tasted
1988
85
More earth and tobacco than fruit is going on here. The wine is medium bodied, with an austerity to its bright, crisp, red fruit character. This is at full maturity, so if you have been holding a bottle in your cellar, drink up. The wine was made from blending 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc.

More earth and tobacco than fruit is going on here. The wine is medium bodied, with an austerity to its bright, crisp, red fruit character. This is at full maturity, so if you have been holding a bottle in your cellar, drink up. The wine was made from blending 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc.

3,450 Views   Tasted
1986
91
A very nice, fully-mature wine here, that manages not to display the hard tannins found in the majority of wines from this difficult year. Medium bodied, soft, finesse in style, there is a complex, earthy, cherry, pipe tobacco filled bouquet that meshes perfectly with the soft, earthy, red fruits on the palate. There is no reason to age this any further. The wine was made from a blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc.

A very nice, fully-mature wine here, that manages not to display the hard tannins found in the majority of wines from this difficult year. Medium bodied, soft, finesse in style, there is a complex, earthy, cherry, pipe tobacco filled bouquet that meshes perfectly with the soft, earthy, red fruits on the palate. There is no reason to age this any further. The wine was made from a blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc.

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1985
85
Rusty, brick colored, this smoke, cassis, ash and earthy scented wine is medium bodied and ends with a short, black cherry note. This is fully mature and requires drinking sooner than later. The wine is produced from a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc.

Rusty, brick colored, this smoke, cassis, ash and earthy scented wine is medium bodied and ends with a short, black cherry note. This is fully mature and requires drinking sooner than later. The wine is produced from a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc.

3,940 Views   Tasted
1983
91
Elegant, refined, silky and soft, with a floral, tobacco, truffle and sweet cherry nose, this medium bodied charmer is fully mature.

Elegant, refined, silky and soft, with a floral, tobacco, truffle and sweet cherry nose, this medium bodied charmer is fully mature.

4,152 Views   Tasted
1961
92
More than fully mature, with the color of bricks and rose hip tea, medium-bodied wine is elegant, soft, energetic, refined and silky. The red fruits still offer freshness, sweetness and lift, coupled with cedar, tobacco, spice and forest leafy notes. I imagine this sells at reasonable levels at auctions, so it is probably worth taking a chance on this, if you see any.

More than fully mature, with the color of bricks and rose hip tea, medium-bodied wine is elegant, soft, energetic, refined and silky. The red fruits still offer freshness, sweetness and lift, coupled with cedar, tobacco, spice and forest leafy notes. I imagine this sells at reasonable levels at auctions, so it is probably worth taking a chance on this, if you see any.

3,700 Views   Tasted
1959
92
The nose, with its bouquet of flowers, cigar box, cherries, cedar and wet earth could keep any taster busy. Medium-bodied, bordering on light, the wine is elegant, refined and silky, with sweet red berries, earth and cigar wrapper on the palate and in the finish. This is a text-book example of what a pretty wine tastes and feels like. It is not going to develop from here, but if it's well stored, it should continue providing pleasure for up to a decade from here.

The nose, with its bouquet of flowers, cigar box, cherries, cedar and wet earth could keep any taster busy. Medium-bodied, bordering on light, the wine is elegant, refined and silky, with sweet red berries, earth and cigar wrapper on the palate and in the finish. This is a text-book example of what a pretty wine tastes and feels like. It is not going to develop from here, but if it's well stored, it should continue providing pleasure for up to a decade from here.

3,371 Views   Tasted
1928
93
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.

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.

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This bottle made me feel like either I needed to take up smoking, or quit, I was not sure which message it was sending. This could have been a Graves. Smoke, ash, cigar box, earth, tobacco, wood fire, lit cigar and cigarettes, along with pipe tobacco and hint of cassis made up the smoke filled perfume. Full bodied, but with only faint hints of dark berries poking through, this was an interesting experience. Interestingly, I recently discovered the 1928 was kept in wood for 4 years before bottling. This may have had some effect on the quality of the wine. However, the saying about wines over 20 years of age holds even more truth when the wine is over 80 years old! After 20 years of age, there are no great wines, just great bottles. But it will remain a great memory having tasted a wine with my father that is almost a decade older than he is!

This bottle made me feel like either I needed to take up smoking, or quit, I was not sure which message it was sending. This could have been a Graves. Smoke, ash, cigar box, earth, tobacco, wood fire, lit cigar and cigarettes, along with pipe tobacco and hint of cassis made up the smoke filled perfume. Full bodied, but with only faint hints of dark berries poking through, this was an interesting experience. Interestingly, I recently discovered the 1928 was kept in wood for 4 years before bottling. This may have had some effect on the quality of the wine. However, the saying about wines over 20 years of age holds even more truth when the wine is over 80 years old! After 20 years of age, there are no great wines, just great bottles. But it will remain a great memory having tasted a wine with my father that is almost a decade older than he is!

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1926
92
Smoke, cigar box, tobacco, truffle, earth and cherry pipe tobacco notes created the complex nose. On the palate, the medium bodied wine was still showing sweet, fresh, red fruits and soft, elegant, refined textures.

Smoke, cigar box, tobacco, truffle, earth and cherry pipe tobacco notes created the complex nose. On the palate, the medium bodied wine was still showing sweet, fresh, red fruits and soft, elegant, refined textures.

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1887
88
Tobacco, spice box, green pepper, wet earth and mint, with a suggestion of smoky berries on the nose, this medium bodied wine finishes with sweet and tart, red fruits and elegant, soft textures. Pure history in the glass.

Tobacco, spice box, green pepper, wet earth and mint, with a suggestion of smoky berries on the nose, this medium bodied wine finishes with sweet and tart, red fruits and elegant, soft textures. Pure history in the glass.

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