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Château Branon

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2014 Château Branon  (Pessac-Léognan) 91

A new, fresh style of wine for Branon, now produced by the brother of owner Helene Garcin. Truffle, tobacco and blackberry notes lead to a more finesse driven approach with a tangy, dark chocolate and blackberry finish. Gone is the opulent style to which we have become accustomed, at least in this vintage. This will undoubtedly please some people but it may alienate fans of the estate’s older, more lavish vintages. 90-92 Pts

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2013 Château Branon  (Pessac-Léognan) 90

Coconut, espresso bean, smoke, boysenberry and jam are coupled with flashy, fleshy textures and an open, plush personality. From a blend of 50% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.5% alcohol with a pH of 3.7. 89-91 Pts

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2012 Château Branon  (Pessac-Léognan) 92

Silky, lush and polished, this soft, round, forward wine finishes with sweet, ripe plums and silky tannins.

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With smoke, spice, incense, earth and ripe dark berries, the wine is soft, polished, oaky and silky. Filled with dark chocolate-covered berries, it ends in an oak-filled, spicy finish. 90-92 Pts

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2011 Château Branon  (Pessac-Léognan) 92

Lush, dense, ripe fruits, espresso bean, smoke and black cherry jam aromas lead to a smooth, soft, plush, early drinking wine of pleasure.

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2010 Château Branon  (Pessac-Léognan) 95

Silky, soft, sexy and packed with vanilla, oak, smoke, blackberries, licorice and chocolate, the wine is lush, sweet and complex. If the wine integrates into the wine, and I think it will, this will become a more compelling wine than it already is. Clearly, this is a modern Pessac Leognan, but I love it!

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Branon Using a blend of 50% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, this 500 case wine reached 14% alcohol. Scents of coffee bean, truffle, tobacco and jammy blackberry meld with a big, sweet, ripe, long, smoky, jammy berry, mocha infused, sultry textured finish. 93-96 Pts

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2009 Château Branon  (Pessac-Léognan) 96

2009 Branon is deep ruby with purple accents. The wine shows truffle, tobacco, cassis, caramel, and coffee notes in the nose. The palate enjoys the feeling of rich, opulent, fleshy blackberries being draped across it. The wine has a concentrated, sweet berry finish. On average, only 500 cases a year are produced of this wine. 94-96 Pts

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2008 Château Branon  (Pessac-Léognan) 92

The wine offers a smoke,espresso, blackberry, licorice, tobacco, cocoa and black raspberry filled perfume. From a blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc, the wine is soft, round and supple textured, but it lacks the density found in the better vintages of this small production, Pessac Leognan wine.

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2006 Château Branon  (Pessac-Léognan) 91

Full bodied, lush, rich and concentrated, with an oaky, licorice, black cherry, cocoa and plummy character. If the oak better integrates, this will be a much better wine.

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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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2004 Château Branon  (Pessac-Léognan) 90

Espresso bean, smoke, earth, licorice and ripe blackberry scents open to a forward, round, lush, modern style of wine that was made from a blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon.

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2000 Château Branon  (Pessac-Léognan) 94

It's interesting tasting this wine since it was released. It's clearly a wine of pleasure with its rich, lush, fat, plush textures and concentrated dark fruits. On the nose, licorice, smoke, tobacco and dark berries are also in full force. At 14 years of age, perhaps this is not going to develop a lot more complexity with additional age. However, there is no hurry to drink it as I doubt its sensual qualities are going to fade for years.

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Still dark in color, with a young nose, the wine remains primary. Rich, supple, ripe and long, there is a lot going on with this modern style of Pessac Leognan. I'd give it another 3-5 years.

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Licorice, caramel, smoke, chocolate covered boysenberries and truffle scents open to a fat, dense, low acid, fleshy, opulent wine that delivers a lot of pleasure. While this is wonderful to drink today, another 3-5 years should bring out more secondary characteristics. The wine is modern in style and sexy in an obvious way. But that's a good thing. There are times when you just want to get right down to it.

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Tobacco, cigar box, cassis, chocolate, boysenberry, earth and truffle scents are found as soon as the wine slips in your glass. Your palate enjoys layers of sweet, juicy, cassis, mocha and fresh black, with a hint of oak and flashy textures. This is drinking great today and should continue to get better for at least the next decade.

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With its jammy black fruit, oak and licorice filled nose is plush, rich, polished and intense. This is a very suave, stylish style of wine.

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Smoke, cassis, coffee, chocolate and a hint of oak make the aromatics. Very concentrated, rich and complex. Full bodied with an opulent texture and a sexy style. Very little of this wine is made. If you see it, grab a bottle. 05 is also a great wine and the 08 looks tasty as well.

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