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One of our first visits on our recent en primeur trip was to Château Brane Cantenac who, unsurprisingly, have produced one of the better 2021s. The highlight of the visit, however, was a tasting of the exceptional 2019, which we tasted against the 2018 and 2020 vintages.  It is outstanding.

This is a wine that showed brilliantly from barrel, even better from bottle late last year, and is even better still now – it just keeps on improving.  It pulls off the remarkable trick of being plush, hedonistic and joyful and, at the same time, distinctly serious, with a fine structure, balance and poise.   It will keep and develop for decades. It is a very hard wine to beat.

William Kelley rates it 97 points – this is his top-scoring Margaux in 2019 after Château Margaux itself – and describes it as ’the finest Brane-Cantenac of the modern era and one of the great successes of the 2019 vintage’.

2019 is a vintage replete with both outstanding quality and value.  This is a wine that sums the vintage up, and is one for every lover of seriously good Margaux.

Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Qty Units Price IB GBP Per Score
Bordeaux2019Brane Cantenac

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BT22 \ 0 264600.001297 WK26466.66666666666797.0097.00Brane Cantenac0.7510
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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
William Kelley, RobertParker.com (April 2022), April 2022

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. Drink 2029-2059.

97
Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, February 2022

70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc with a dash of Petit Verdot and Carmenere. Deep ruby-purple. The nose is complex and finds pristine balance between succulent blackcurrant fruit, woody herbs, cedar and tobacco. Aromatically enticing with wonderful fragrance. The palate is fine and chalky, initially compact but bursting with weightlessly intense fruit. The structure is highly refined but ageworthy as the fruit is lined with ripe but persistent and chewy tannins. Precise but bursting with character, this is an elegant yet impressive style, led by blue, red and black fruit that is beautifully delineated and very moreish. The fruit builds in power and sweetness through to the finish, highlighting the potential and with each passing month this wine becomes ever better. Everything is in sync on this very impressive Brane Cantenac that will age well for decades. Outstanding.

96+
Thomas Parker MW, Farr Vintners, April 2022

The 2019 Brane-Cantenac, which was bottled at the beginning of July 2021, takes time to open in the glass. As I mentioned in my tasting note from barrel, this vintage was matured entirely in new oak from several cooperages and inevitably the wood is still present aromatically, though it is completely simpatico with the fruit concentration that the growing season bestowed. (Previously the Grand Vin saw 70%–80% new oak.) The intense bouquet features blackberry, crushed rock, touches of crushed flowers and a hint of lavender. The palate is beautifully balanced with layers of red berry fruit, orange peel, cedar and just a touch of graphite. As I said in my previous assessment, it does not set out to be a powerful Brane-Cantenac, which means that it retains a fine elegance toward the finish and a touch of white pepper mixed with clove on the aftertaste. (Still) excellent. 14.1% alcohol. Drink 2028-2060.

95
Neal Martin, vinous.com, February 2022
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