Chateau Brane Cantenac 2013
The tasting Team's understanding of Brane-Cantenac comes from the first vertical tasting(1996 to 2006) and the second vertical tasting (2000 to 2012), hosted by Owner Henri Lurton years back at the KCC Wine Society. Given the ripe and generous temperament of vintage 2013, Brane-Cantenac 2013 is still inconsistent in the starting by nature:
It becomes genial in the next round, after long breathing.
The attack is complete, robust and intense, leading into a highly structured mid-palate.
The nose is perfumy, and the finish is long, leathery and liquorice.
The last drop gives a smooth, silky, feminine tenderness of true Cantenac character.
The gravel slopes of Chateau Brane Cantenac are among the highest within the appellation. They are at a relatively uniform depth of 30 to 36 feet—Oak treatment: 18 months, using 60% new French oak. Vintage 2007 is already drinking very well. It is one of the 15 Second Growth from the Margaux Cantenac. Scores are very consistent and significant; for example, JS writes Loads of strawberry and berry characters with a fantastic intensity. Medium body, with a beautiful core of fruit and a long finish. Rose petals and fruit. Wonderful finesse. A triumph for the vintage. The score is 93JS.