Château Brane-Cantenac

Grand Cru Classé en 1855 Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend

9.234 ratings
9.26 pro ratings
Margaux, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
Red Bordeaux Blend
Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, White Rice, Mushrooms, Pasta, Pork, Salami & Prosciutto, Pungent Cheese, Lamb, Tomato-Based, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Beef, Hard Cheese, Venison
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Sipping Fine Wine

This is last of my 2010-2012 vertical tasting. Dark Ruby (not as dark as ‘10 & ‘11) of this Second Growth Bordeaux. A difficult year but Henri Lurton did a great job creating a wonderful wine. A complex nose of ripe dark fruits and tobacco notes. Palate displays blackberry & ripe cherry, gentle espresso and oak with soft tannins that is great to drink now with some aging potential. Tasting Sample.

This is last of my 2010-2012 vertical tasting. Dark Ruby (not as dark as ‘10 & ‘11) of this Second Growth Bordeaux. A difficult year but Henri Lurton did a great job creating a wonderful wine. A complex nose of ripe dark fruits and tobacco notes. Palate displays blackberry & ripe cherry, gentle espresso and oak with soft tannins that is great to drink now with some aging potential. Tasting Sample.

Apr 1st, 2018
Matt Trader

Valentine's Day 2018. Paired with Roasted Butterflied Lobster Tail, and a Chocolate Truffle Torte. Notes to come:)

- - Brane-Cantenac is a special wine to my wife and I. It is the first Bordeaux Chateaux we ever visited on our honeymoon. It is this little modest estate sitting in the shadow of the oversized Chateaux of Cantenac Brown, but it couldn't be more opposite when you bring the wine into the mix. Classic Margaux nose but less funk and more fruit. Terrior is hard to define, but if you have been somewhere memorable, and have a wine or food from that place.. it's when you have it again and it transports you back that to that place and time that defines that for me. It smells of the cool clean air and morning dew, sunshine, gravel dust from the road we had just driven in on, leather and wood from the barn, and the fresh overtones of fruity wine just beginning fermentation in the production facility that make up the core character of the wine. It is the terrior of Cantenac, and more specifically of Brane-Cantenac.

Paired this with Roasted Butterflied Lobster, and Broccolini, and a little left over for the Chocolate Truffle Torte I made as well for Valentine's Day.

Valentine's Day 2018. Paired with Roasted Butterflied Lobster Tail, and a Chocolate Truffle Torte. Notes to come:)

- - Brane-Cantenac is a special wine to my wife and I. It is the first Bordeaux Chateaux we ever visited on our honeymoon. It is this little modest estate sitting in the shadow of the oversized Chateaux of Cantenac Brown, but it couldn't be more opposite when you bring the wine into the mix. Classic Margaux nose but less funk and more fruit. Terrior is hard to define, but if you have been somewhere memorable, and have a wine or food from that place.. it's when you have it again and it transports you back that to that place and time that defines that for me. It smells of the cool clean air and morning dew, sunshine, gravel dust from the road we had just driven in on, leather and wood from the barn, and the fresh overtones of fruity wine just beginning fermentation in the production facility that make up the core character of the wine. It is the terrior of Cantenac, and more specifically of Brane-Cantenac.

Paired this with Roasted Butterflied Lobster, and Broccolini, and a little left over for the Chocolate Truffle Torte I made as well for Valentine's Day.

Feb 15th, 2018
Patrick Derdeyn

A bit austere on PnP, but continued to jmprove in the decanter before it was gone after an hour. Would love to visit again with food sometime.

A bit austere on PnP, but continued to jmprove in the decanter before it was gone after an hour. Would love to visit again with food sometime.

Jan 20th, 2018
Felipe Ferreiro

Sommelier/Wine Director Restaurante Las Rias Bajas

9.3

Magnificat Juvé & Camps

Magnificat Juvé & Camps

Nov 3rd, 2016
Jenny Hemmer

Black cherries, cigar, nice acidity with round finish.

Black cherries, cigar, nice acidity with round finish.

Mar 12th, 2016
Amit Srivastava

Classic . Short but a nice finish. Enjoyable wine .

Classic . Short but a nice finish. Enjoyable wine .

Aug 3rd, 2020
Corey Chen

very tight and subtle. Strawberry note is pretty lovely! Guess it simply needs more time.

very tight and subtle. Strawberry note is pretty lovely! Guess it simply needs more time.

Sep 15th, 2019
Ryan Humenick

Yeah, it was good. I’d pay ~$30. First glass needed to breath a bit.

Yeah, it was good. I’d pay ~$30. First glass needed to breath a bit.

Mar 10th, 2018
Jeff Ball

Nice cola flavor with mineral notes. Good balance.

Nice cola flavor with mineral notes. Good balance.

Mar 9th, 2018
Mike Ancuta

Had with flank steak with a mustard sauce from Ina. Fresh and easy to drink. Could of let opened a little to see how this would of changed but it went quick.

Had with flank steak with a mustard sauce from Ina. Fresh and easy to drink. Could of let opened a little to see how this would of changed but it went quick.

Dec 29th, 2016