The nose offers blackberry, mint, sandalwood and cedar notes, and a beautiful energy. The palate is medium bodied with fine tannin, featuring intense blackberry laced with soy, cedar, and tobacco. The classic, slightly austere but well-defined finish lingers in the mouth. Excellent!
Since Henri Lurton took over in 1992, he has made it his mission to produce the best possible wine, reinforcing Brane’s position as a second classified growth in 1855. The result is a fine wine that perfectly expresses its remarkable terroir.
60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc aged for 18 months in French oak barrels, with 70% new.
91—93 Barrel sample. A firm, but generous wine with well balanced fruit and tannins. It has a solid core, surrounded by ripe, sweet fruit, freshened by acidity. -R.V.
Tasted at Bordeaux Index's annual 10-Year On tasting in London.The 2006 Château Brane-Cantenac has a typical nose from the estate, although it is more reminiscent of a Saint Julien than a Pauillac: savory red berry fruit, tertiary notes and sandalwood developing with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, a slight green-ish tinge underneath, quite structured and with plenty of freshness towards the finish. My quibble is that for a Brane-Cantenac it is more developed than its peers. As such, it is drinking better than the 2005 at the moment since the preceding vintage requires more bottle age. That said, I would not be inclined to cellar it any more than a dozen more years. Tasted January 2016. Anticipated Maturity: 2016-2028