“Derived exclusively from the château’s holdings on the deep gravel soils of the plateau of Brane, the 2019 Brane-Cantenac has turned out brilliantly and merits a special effort to seek out. Wafting from the glass with aromas of wild berries, pencil shavings, violets, sweet loamy soil and cardamon, it’s medium to full-bodied, layered and concentrated, with lively acids, ripe tannins and a beautifully seamless, perfumed profile. Retaining all the estate’s signature elegance but with an extra dimension of depth and intensity, it’s the finest Brane-Cantenac of the modern era and one of the great successes of the 2019 vintage. Drink date: 2029 – 2065” – 97 points, Wine Advocate, April 2022 (William Kelley)
With the 2019 vintage, Brane-Cantenac has produced its finest wine of the modern era. After grafting over Merlot vines to Cabernet Sauvignon, Henri Lurton and his team were finally able to craft a balanced blend derived solely from the plateau of Brane, the estate’s finest terroir. And the result is a wine with all Brane-Cantenac’s signature elegance, but supplemental mid-palate depth and texture, not to mention the remarkable textural sensuality and vivid, expressive aromas that are such a signature of this vintage. One of the true bargains of the 2019 en primeur campaign, it continues to represent incredible value for a wine of this quality. It’s a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, and it was matured in entirely new barrels.
“The 2019 Brane-Cantenac is wild and exotic from the very first taste. The aromatics alone are dazzling. Super-ripe dark cherry, plum, spice, tobacco, new leather, menthol and cinnamon are all kicked up in this flamboyant Margaux. The 2019 is radiant and generous, yet also retains a very classic sense of structure. The precision here is just unreal. In 2019, Brane-Cantenac is an absolute head-turner. It is the sort of wine that abounds in Bordeaux, a wine that offers tremendous quality and relative value.” – 97 points, Vinous, Antonio Galloni