2017 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 light singed alder hint leads the way here, along with light bay leaf and savory notes, while the core of gently steeped black cherry and plum fruit fills in slowly. Shows modest intensity through the finish but the flavors knit nicely.
A tight, focused center palate to this red with blackberries, dark chocolate, hazelnuts and smoke. Medium to full body, polished tannins and a juicy, lightly chewy mouthfeel. A blend of 74% cabernet sauvignon, 21% merlot, 4% cabernet franc and 1% petit verdot. Try after 2022.
Dark cassis fruit notes run right through the body of the wine, the oak slightly overpowering on the attack but brought perfectly back into balance by the time you are halfway through. It's enjoyable and confident, there is plenty of character, and it stretches out nicely through the palate, maintaining interest. Accomplished winemaking.
Deep colour. Juicy black fruit and perfume. Some rose and cassis. Inviting. Juicy and sweet extract. Good tannins and acidity. Lots of oak, even at this age. Juicy fruit flavours. Soft long finish.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Brane-Cantenac starts off a tad restrained and reluctant to show, opening out to notes of baked blackberries, plum preserves and crème de cassis with hints of cigar box and tar. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is wearing a lot of muscular fruit with firm, grainy tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing with great length. Needs time! Rating: 92+
The 2017 Château Brane-Cantenac should be a terrific wine and offers a medium-bodied, nicely concentrated, silky, elegant style. Loads of black raspberries, cedar pencil, and dried flower notes as well as sweet fruit, ripe tannin, and a complex, layered texture make for a classic Margaux that’s going to drink nicely for two decades.
While the wood flavors are palpable in this wine, so are the firm tannins and dense black fruit. These elements suggest a wine that will have power and great concentration while also generous blackberry fruits. Drink from 2024.