Chateau Brane Cantenac, Margaux, France 2015

Known for its elegance, finesse and excellent quality, Brane Cantenac has been one of the best performers of Margaux in 2015 vintage, highly acclaimed by wine critics. The wine has real complexity and wonderful floral perfume. The well-integrated tannins and nice acidity produce a benchmark Margaux palate.

Drink 2022 - 2035

Details

Type: Red Producer: Chateau Brane Cantenac Appellation: Margaux 2nd Growth Grand Cru Classé Vintage: 2015 Grape: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc Country: France Region: Bordeaux Style: Savory and classic Alcohol: 13,5% Content: 750ml Allergens: Contains Sulfite

 (€104 / liter)

Reviews

96 points, Jeannie Cho Lee 
Subtle, elegant, quietly powerful, this is one of the best Brane-Cantenacs I have tasted over the past decade. The wine is seamless, with lovely violet, cedar and cassis flavors and silky, dense tannins. A beautiful wine that has both restraint and power.
95 points, Vinous
"The 2015 Brane-Cantenac is powerful, structured and explosive in feel." A deep, resonant wine, the 2015 shows off the charts ripeness allied to formative structure and tannic booklet become approachable and more than that. The dark stone fruit, smoke, tobacco, spice and leather flavours pack a huge punch, but it's the wine's balance in the Left Bank in 2015. Brane-Cantenac is a total pleasure bomb. I can not wait to taste it with a little bottle of age." by Antonio Galloni
94 points, James Suckling
This is very big and rich wine with dense and rich tannins, lots of ripe fruit. Blackberry, blueberry flavours. Muscular yet polished.
93-95 points, Wine Advocate
The 2015 Brane-Cantenac is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Carmenère that was picked from 17 September until 7 October (that Carmenère was actually picked on 19 October). It was cropped at 51 hl/ha. This is classic Brane-Cantenac down the line: austere at first, almost aloof, but very well defined and over time it starts revealing lovely tobacco-stained black fruit. The palate is very well balanced with raspberry and wild strawberry on the entry, perhaps more red fruit than I was anticipating. Veins of undergrowth and cedar are in situ on this very well-balanced, reserved and classic Margaux boasting a long and persistent finish that feels satisfying, reassuring even. Not a Margaux for those that seek tons of fruit, it is nonetheless a very terroir-expressive wine that will repay those who know that this cru demands preferably 12-15 years in the cellar. Henri Lurton never wavers from his style of Margaux and it pays dividends here on this great wine for those with patience. by Jeb Dunnuck
93 points, Wine Spectator
Silky and refined, with seductive crushed plum and raspberry fruit that glides along, perfectly melded with singed alder and mesquite notes along with black tea and warm licorice details. A violet element hangs in the background, adding to the elegance. Best from 2020 through 2035. 12,500 cases made." by James Molesworth
92 points, Wine Advocate
"The 2015 Brane-Cantenac is medium to deep garnet-purple in color with a nose of crushed blackberries and chocolate-covered cherries with touches of dried herbs and tilled soil. Medium-bodied, refreshing and elegant in the mouth, with chewy tannins, it has a herbal lift on the finish." by Lisa Perrotti-Brown
17,5 Jancis Robinson 
Exceptionally deep crimson. Meat and wildflowers on the nose - very interesting. Definitely out of the ordinary. Left-field wine that should not disappoint. Racy and lifted. Really very elegant. Chapeau! 


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