This small jewel of a property owned by the Garcin family has been making great wine for a number of years, with the only problem being its very limited availability. Their beautifully deep 2005 has a dark purple color and displays charcoal, blackberry and cassis fruit, with some smoky barbecue notes in the background. This full-bodied, opulent wine is still youthful at age 10, and promises to continue to evolve for another 15-20 years. Pure and stunning, this is a great wine of the vintage. Drink 2015-2035.
|Score: 96+||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (219), June 2015|
A small garagiste operation producing between 500-600 cases, Branon is owned by Helene Garcin. The vineyard, which is planted with equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, is beautifully situated near Haut-Bailly and Malartic-Lagraviere. The gorgeous 2005 exhibits a classic Graves nose of graphite, charcoal, chocolate, scorched earth, blackberries, cassis, and hints of creosote and earth. The wine is opulent and full-bodied with a sensational texture as well as sweet tannin. This compelling Pessac-Leognan is more forward than the tannic Medoc cuvees. It will offer good drinking in 5-10 years, and should last for 2-3 decades
|Score: 96||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (176), April 2008|
Sadly, there are only 500 cases of this blend of equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon harvested from a small vineyard sandwiched between Haut-Bailly and Malartic-Lagraviere. The wine’s upbringing includes such Burgundian winemaking techniques as a double triage at the sorting tables prior to the grapes going into the open-top fermenters, cold macerations, malolactic in barrel, aging on its lees, and little clarification at bottling. Aromas of crushed rocks, acacia and lilac flowers, blueberries, creme de cassis, camphor, and a hint of creosote are followed by a full-bodied wine with fabulous fruit purity, a marvelous texture, and sweet tannin. This prodigious 2005 should hit its peak in 5-6 years, and last for three decades. Bravo to Helene Garcin and her winemaking guru, Dr. Alain Raynaud.
|Score: 94/96||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (170), April 2007|
Alain Raynaud is now the winemaking consultant for all of the Garcin family’s wines (Haut-Bergey and Clos l’Eglise in Pomerol, Barde-Haut in St.-Emilion, and Branon, a garagiste cuvee from Pessac-Leognan). The 2005 is the finest effort from Branon since 2000. An inky/purple color is followed by aromas of smoke, truffles, earth, camphor, blueberries, and blackberries. A wine of tremendous ripeness, full-bodied power, layers of extract, high tannin, and crisp acidity, it is a classic claret. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2028.
|Score: 92/95||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (164), April 2006|
|Score: 91||James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, February 2008|
This shows lots of berry and chocolate character. Full-bodied, round and silky. Very pretty. Could be at the level of the outstanding 2000.
|Score: 89/91||James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, March 2006|
Tasted blind. Mild and vibrant on the nose. Tannins almost fully evolved. But a tad vegy on the finish. Fast fade on the end. 13.5%
|Score: 15.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, March 2017|
Dry, and fresh and zesty and transparent. Really appetising and interesting
|Score: 17.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2009|
Delicately meaty spiced fruit, rich, juicy and very frank mid palate. Firm but extremely fine-grained tannins. Medium weight and refined. Drink 2010-16.
|Score: 16+||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2006|
This is a tiny property in Pessac Leognan owned by the Garcin-Cathiard family of Haut Bergey. Modern style wine making with a hint of jam. Impressive depth but not a lot of Graves typicity.
|Score: 15.5||Farr Vintners, April 2006|
Very good saturated deep red. Cherry, plum, smoke and warm earth on the nose, lifted by spices and menthol. Fat, sweet, lush and impressively concentrated; comes across as more powerful but less pliant today than the 2006, with a firm tannic structure for a wine from this property. Not at all over the top; in fact, this gives the impression of a lower pH than the 2006 today. May be even better than it's showing now.
|Score: 92+||Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, June 2008|