Chateau Brane Cantenac - Margaux - red - 2012 - 750 ml
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WHAT THE WINEMAKERS ARE SAYING
“Spring was challenging, with very rainy weather in April as vines began shooting, but excellent summer weather made up for it, with the hottest August since 2003. Getting the harvesting date right was crucial in order to obtain fully ripe grapes, without endangering their health by allowing the rain at the end of September and in October to take its toll. Brane’s great success in this vintage is down to the terroir, which leads grapes to ripen early. The fact that we included
68% of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend of BraneCantenac bears witness to its beautiful maturity, and to the excellent work that was done in the vineyard.
Very dense and deep purple color. The nose is classic, straight, featuring red fruits, open tobacco and graphite aromas that display great vivacity. The velvety attack gives way to a medium-bodied palate, saline, delivering fine tannin and a nice freshness, with a tang of white pepper and fennel lingering on the finish. Very surprising wine.
At the heart of the distinguished Margaux appellation, Château Brane-Cantenac stands proudly. Renowned for producing wines of remarkable elegance and finesse, this 75-hectare estate is an emblem of quality and excellence in the world of fine wine. Vineyards are stamped with the will of men. Begun 250 years ago, Brane-Cantenac’s legend is the tale of a thriving relationship between man and earth, which grows stronger as the ages go by. Named ‘Hostein’ in the 18th Century, this great wine estate was bought by the Gorce family, and produced one of the Medoc’s most renowned wines long before the 1855 classification.
As for our 2nd wine, Baron de Brane, its name pays hommage to the famous Baron Jacques-Maxime de Brane, the ’Napoléon des Vignes’, owner of the property in the 19th Century. For the past four generations the Lurton family has been at the helm, devoted wardens who continue to ensure that the property flourishes, producing wines of the greatest quality.
Since 1992, Henri has continued the journey that his father and ancestors began. Although a proponent of innovation and new technology, Henri is careful never to lose sight of the traditional values that remain an inherent part of Brane’s identity. Above all, he is proud of the unique terroir, and recognises the need to treat the soil, vines and grapes with immense respect as he carefully steers Brane’s future course.
Appellation : Margaux
Topography : The chateau is positioned on an illustrious plateau, its topography provides superb natural drainage, with stony soils forcing the roots of the vines to delve deep into the earth for sustenance.
Surface of the vineyard: 75 hectares
Grape varieties: 55%
Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 4.5% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot, 0.5% Carmenere