2014 chateau brane-cantenac 2eme cru classe, margaux
Why We're Buying
Château Brane-Cantenac is one of the most distinguished chateaux in the Margaux appellation. During the 19th century, it was run by Baron Hector de Branne, who was known as the "Napoléon of the Vines." While Château Brane-Cantenac, 2ème Cru Classe Margaux doesn't hold Napoléon-like authority over other Bordeaux wines, it remains an essential part of the region's identity.
A little bit lighter than some of the 2014 Margauxs, but this is quite an elegant wine with a long, dry finish of some sophistication. Drink now or hold.
Lovely fragrance, the class evident from start to the finish. Very Brane-Cantenac: floral, great finesse, elegant persistence and a good future.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2014 Brane-Cantenac has a very classy bouquet, very well defined with blackberry, cedar and tobacco scents, that trademark graphite scent emerging with a few swirls of the glass. It is exactly what you expect from this Margaux estate. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, well-judged acidity, graphite and cedar towards the linear finish that will clearly need several years to unfold. Classic Margaux really, but wise owls will cellar it away for several years.
This is a complete wine, full of both tannins and great swathes of ripe fruit. It has a serious side as well in its solid structure and concentration. The juicy blackberry fruits are beginning to calm down and meld into a fine dense wine that will age very well. Drink from 2025. Cellar Selection.