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2012 Château Brane-Cantenac

ITEM 8064342 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
chrte3 1 $75 $75
6 $75
Item Sold Amount Date
I8118533 3 $75 Feb 20, 2022
I8113301 1 $75 Feb 13, 2022
I8102778 1 $75 Jan 30, 2022
I8064342 1 $75 Jan 16, 2022
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RATINGS

93Wine Enthusiast

...marked acidity as well as black fruits, this is a wine with weight and richness. It has a dark core of firm tannins, although the aftertaste maintains the juiciness.

92Vinous / IWC

...tobacco and graphite aromas that display great vivacity...medium-bodied palate is more saline compared to previous bottles, delivering fine tannin and a tang of white pepper and fennel toward the finish that lingers in the mouth.

92James Suckling

A red with mineral, oyster-shell and currant character. Full body, chewy tannins and a long and muscular finish.

90The Wine Advocate

...bouquet of blackberry, tar and tobacco...palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin and well-judged acidity. There is a pleasant fleshiness here with a salinity on the finish that urges another sip.

16.5Jancis Robinson

Interesting and challenging nose with some complexity already. Round, dense and (just) sufficiently ripe.

PRODUCER

Château Brane-Cantenac

Château Brane-Cantenac is a 185-acre estate in Margaux, in France’s Bordeaux region. It is a Second Growth estate according to the 1855 classification. It has been owned since the early 20th century by the Lurton family. The estate was in the 19th century considered one of the best in the region, then in the mid-20th century many wine writers noted a decline in quality. But Robert M. Parker Jr. has written that since the late 1990s, “this once perennial underperformer is enjoying a renaissance…” In 2003, Parker wrote that “Brane-Cantenac is one of the rising stars of Margaux.” Vineyards are planted to 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. Some 140,000 bottles are produced annually. The second wine is Le Baron de Brane.

REGION

France, Bordeaux, Margaux

Margaux is one of Bordeaux’s most famous appellations and also one of its largest, with about 3,400 acres of vineyards. Located on the Left Bank of the Gironde River, Margaux has the greatest number of classified-growth châteaux (or crus classé) according to the 1855 classification. There are twenty-one crus classé, including the most famous estate, the first growth Château Margaux. The Margaux appellation includes vineyards around the village of Margaux and the villages of Arsac, Cantenac, d’Issan, Labarde and Soussans. Wines from the best Margaux châteaux and vintages are prized for their perfumey fragrance and elegant, silky mouthfeel. Margaux wines are predominately Cabernet Sauvignon blended with Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc.