The 2019 is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc with a dash of Petit Verdot and Carmenere. Winemaking has been updated here with a gravity-fed cellar of small wooden vats and the airpulse used for more even and quick extraction of colour and tannin. The oak has been increased to 100% new for this vintage, for 18 months. The yield is 50hl/ha, similar to 2016 and 2018. Deep purple in colour with superb aromatics - there is an interplay between fresh blackcurrant, toasty wood and savoury spice. The palate is finely etched, the black fruit of blackcurrant and dark cherries to the fore. The tannins are chalky but in harmony with the fruit, giving a silky mouthfeel. There is real precision but clear intensity and matière here. A very fine, very classic expression with superb lift and purity.
|Score: 18||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, May 2020|
The 2019 Brane-Cantenac was cropped at 50hl/ha between 18 September and 9 October. Matured entirely in new oak, it is in possession of an almost pixelated bouquet with beguiling blackberry, bilberry and crushed limestone aromas. I find this less austere than some vintages of Brane-Cantenac at this prenatal stage. The palate is silky smooth on the entry with filigree tannins, very harmonious, not a deep or powerful Margaux, yet very delineated. There is that signature touch of greenness that I often find on Brane-Cantenac on the finish, though I have learned through experience that this is assimilated with bottle age, so have a cool cellar handy. Excellent. 2028 - 2060.
|Score: 94/96||Neal Martin, vinous.com, June 2020|
A thoroughly moreish and high-quality Brane Cantenac, this is silky and seductive with impressive extraction of the tannins giving backbone and support to brambled and cassis fruits. Plenty of crushed stone and spice to add a gourmet edge alongside the just-smoked oak. Extremely high quality and one of the best Branes I've tasted at this stage. 3% of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc complete the blend. For the first time, all of the plots for this wine come from the plateau de Brane just in front of the château, a reflection of how well this terroir withstood the heat of the summer. Drinking Window 2029 - 2046.
|Score: 96||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, June 2020|
This shows exotic aromas of blackberries, wet earth, chocolate and fresh basil leaves. It’s full-bodied with round, creamy tannins and a flavorful finish. Intriguing and real on the palate.
|Score: 93/94||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, June 2020|
70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Carmenère, 1% Petit Verdot. Barrel sample.
Beautifully fresh and fragrant on both the nose and the palate. Intense but refined dark-fruit, spice and floral aromas and flavour. A touch of sweetness on attack then velvety texture and tannins. Clean, persistent finish. Great balance. The epitome of fine Margaux. Shades of the 2016? (JL)
Drink 2027 – 2045
|Score: 17.5||James Lawther MW, JancisRobinson.com, June 2020|