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2eme Cru Classe, Margaux,

Chateau Brane-Cantenac - 2eme Cru Classe, Margaux, 2016

France
Red Wine from Bordeaux · France
Price: £85.00
Case Rate: £85.00
Ex Tax: £70.83
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Wine Region: Bordeaux
Wine Area: Margaux
Winery: Chateau Brane-Cantenac
Wine Maker: Henri Lurton
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Grape Percentage: 70 % Cabernet Sauvignon 27 % Merlot 2 % Cabernet Franc 1 % Carmenère
Alcohol Percentage: 13.5%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2026
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Rating 96 pts  Wine Advocate/Robert Parker
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Country:
Wine Region: Bordeaux
Wine Area: Margaux
Winery: Chateau Brane-Cantenac
Wine Maker: Henri Lurton
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Grape Percentage: 70 % Cabernet Sauvignon 27 % Merlot 2 % Cabernet Franc 1 % Carmenère
Alcohol Percentage: 13.5%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2026

Wine tasting notes

Deep purple colour. Very complex nose revealing aromas of black fruits, toast, vanilla, and floral and fresh notes. In the palate the wine is supple and round, the tannic structure is fine and silky, and the finish persists with a very pleasant aromatic back palate. A wine dense, fleshy with a remarkable depth and a perfect balance: refine and powerful tannins. Probably one of the greatest vintages of those two last years. Long ageing potential.

Expert reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2016) - 96 pts

The 2016 Brane-Cantenac is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Carmenere picked from 22 September until 17 October (the tiny parcel of Carmenere picked three days later). The yields came in at 51 hectoliters per hectare and it is matured in 75% new oak and 25% one-year-old barrels, the final alcohol level 13.3%. It has a beautifully defined, very detailed bouquet with mineral-rich black fruit laced with cedar and graphite notes, living up to its nom de plume as the "Pauillac of Margaux." The palate is simply the best that I have ever tasted at the estate, without question. This has presence, but also weightlessness, filigree tannin and perfectly pitched acidity, with real intensity and drive. The tension here is outstanding and the persistence is incredibly long. It is not the showiest of all the 2016s by a long stretch, and yet it is everything you could possibly want from a Margaux. Like Beychevelle this year, the 2016 Brane-Cantenac puts recent vintages in the shade, thanks not only to the growing season, but also a new punching down system in their gravity-fed winery that was completed in 2015. The 2016 is a benchmark against which future vintages will be compared.


JancisRobinson.com (2016) - 17.5 pts

Tasted blind. Sweet and easy. Not dramatic but well mannered and all in balance. Inky and very Margaux. Henri Lurton and his sustainable viticulture will presumably be very pleased that his wine was the group's second-favourite Margaux after Ch Margaux in this Southwold tasting.