Founded in the 18th century (when it was known as “Gorce”) and considered one of the best second growths at the time of the 1855 Médoc classification, this estate is located on one of the finest gravelly hillocks in Cantenac. Indeed, Brane-Cantenac was often sold at first growth prices!
The estate was acquired in 1833 by Baron de Brane, known as “Napoleon of the Vines,” who renamed it Brane-Cantenac.
In 1925, Léonce Récapet, owner of Château Margaux, purchased the property. His grandson, Lucien Lurton, took over the reins in 1956. In 1992, Lucien’s son Henri, oenologist and ampelographer, followed in his father’s footsteps after having gained experience in South Africa and Chile.
From the moment he arrived, Henri Lurton has done his utmost to make this great Margaux reflect the brilliance and complexity of its outstanding terroir year in and year out, always seeking a balance between vintage character and the wine’s intrinsic elegance. Brane-Cantenac now has a state-of-the-art cellar with sophisticated equipment such as a new optical sorting system, and its owner is totally dedicated to producing the best possible wines!
Tasted at the Brane-Cantenac vertical at the château, the 2012 Brane-Cantenac, now in bottle, has developed a satisfying bouquet of blackberry, tar and tobacco, keeping within the Brane-Cantenac style, but perhaps delivering a little more fruit intensity than it showed out of barrel. The 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. This is commendable for the vintage, although I would suggest it will offer more pleasure in its youth, rather than something that I would insist upon cellaring. Tasted January 2016.
[90 points – Neal Martin – Dec 2016 -robertparker.com ]