The vineyards carry within them the will of men. The legend of Brane-Cantenac, born 300 years ago, evokes a flourishing relationship between man and the earth, which has grown over the years. Called Hostein in the 18th century, this large vineyard was then bought by the Gorce family, and produced one of the most famous wines of the Medoc long before the classification of 1855.
Since 1992, Henri continues the journey started by his father and his ancestors. While being a follower of innovation and new technologies, Henri never loses sight of traditional values which remain an intrinsic part of Brane’s identity. Above all, he is proud of his unique terroir and aware of the need to treat the soil, the vineyard and the grapes with the utmost respect, ensuring the destinies of Brane.
Each plot and sub-plot has unique characteristics, making it more suitable for certain grape varieties. In Brane, the grape varieties include Cabernet Sauvignon (55%), Merlot (40%), Cabernet Franc (4.5%) and Carmenère (0.5%). The vineyard is constantly micro-managed with a single objective: to produce grapes of optimal quality while maintaining low yields. The replanting efforts of recent years and a transition to organic viticulture demonstrate their strong commitment to sustainable viticulture.
The 2000 Brane-Cantenac is a blend of 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 55% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc. It has a really wonderful bouquet that is coming into its own: potent with black truffle and gravel infusing the red berry fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with a saline tang on the entry. It is not a powerful or huge wine, but there is impressive length here and genuine complexity on the finish, with black truffle, cedar and tobacco notes vying for attention. Henri Lurton oversaw a really quite fabulous, almost aristocratic Brane-Cantenac in this millennial year. Tasted April 2015. [93 Points, Neal Martin – robertparker.com]