2012 Brane-Cantenac, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)
With 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.
Plush, with a legitimate structure buried in the core of steeped plum and blackberry fruit. A warm stone note lurks in the background. Well-rendered.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A beauty from Henri Lurton, the 2012 Brane Cantenac exhibits classic notes of spring flowers intermixed with black raspberries, black currants and damp forest floor. This medium-bodied, sweet, ripe, quintessentially elegant, medium-bodied Margaux is nicely concentrated as well as sexy. Enjoy it over the next 10-12 years.
A wine with currant and berry character. Full body, with chewy tannins that are polished and juicy. Solid core of fruit yet harmonious for the vintage. Like it better than 2011.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep red-ruby. Blackcurrant, licorice and a whiff of smoke on the nose. Fresh, expressive flavors of redcurrant, tobacco, fresh herbs and bitter chocolate are enlivened by good vinosity. Finishes with building but ripe tannins, a delicate herbal touch and a restrained sweetness.
The Lurton family's Chateau Brane-Cantenac is a second growth from Margaux. For the 2012 vintage, the cepage is 68% Cabernet Sauvignon and 32% Merlot, and the wine has been receiving great scores from the critics.