Peter Maude Fine Wines

2021, Château Brane-Cantenac, MARGAUX 2ème Grand Cru Classé

$112.70

Bordeaux Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Carmenere, Merlot, Petit Verdot.

Henri Lurton - proprietor - now producing the best wines in Margaux behind the superstars of Château Margaux, Palmer and Rauzan Ségla. Farr Vintners.

Dark plum colour, attractive rich texture, with high aromatics and clear power on the nose. Not exuberant, more red and blue, cool fruits, with purity and power, this has concentration and is one of the best in Margaux in this vintage. Has personality and balance, with curls of black chocolate and liqourice, balancing out the ever-present fresh acidities of the vintage. 41.2hl/h yield, high for the year, but without dilution which was a potential pitfall of high yields. A potential upscore in bottle. 94 Jane Anson

A medium-bodied, very polished Brane-Cantenac with firm yet fine and textured tannins. Deep and compact core of black fruit, herbs and spices. Pretty liquorice and clove notes. Structured and long. 94-95 James Suckling.

The 2021 Brane-Cantenac shows considerable promise, exhibiting a deep bouquet of wild berries, cassis, spices and violets, followed by a medium to full-bodied, layered and impressively concentrated palate that's framed by powdery tannins, concluding with a long, mouthwatering finish. This seamless and enveloping wine is a blend of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and the balance Carmenère and Petit Verdot. Once again, it's derived from the château's best holdings on the plateau of Brane and is maturing in entirely new barrels. 93-95 William Kelley, Wine Advocate.

The 2021 Brane-Cantenac has a fragrant nose of dark red fruit, undergrowth, pencil box and light minty scents, understated at first but opening up nicely in the glass (it always requires patience). The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins and fresh as a daisy, displaying impressive tension. This focused, precise Brane-Cantenac conveys a great deal of harmony. The tensile, graphite finish lingers long in the mouth. While not quite reaching the lofty heights of "peak Brane,” this is a very commendable and quite cerebral wine for the vintage. 92-94 Neal Martin.

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