2014 Branon, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)
Very backward, with a loamy wall of grip in front of the core of dark plum, currant and fig fruit. Features a long, bramble- and tar-filled finish. There's a lot going on here, but the parts are still wrestling with one another. Shows great energy overall, however, so this is easily worth one's patience. (JM, Web-2015)
A red with layers of berries, dark chocolate and stones that follow through to a full body, firm tannins and a fresh center palate.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Château Branon 2014 is a blend of 50% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon that is matured in 100% new oak. The wood element stands out on the nose although there is sufficient fruit underneath to support it. The palate is medium-bodied with dense, quite rigid tannin. There is good density here, firm in the mouth, a 'solid' Pessac-Léognan that will hopefully develop more personality on the finish. (NM)
The 2014 Branon emerges from a two hectare parcel that now technically lies within Haut-Bergey, the Garcin family's other Léognan estate, but that retains its own distinct personality. Iron, smoke, game, savory herbs and dark stone fruits power across tha palate in an intense wine endowed with tons of pure density and mid-palate richness. Big yet well-integrated tannins support the explosive, powerful finish. This is another compelling effort from proprietor Hélène Garcin and her team. The blend is 50% Merlot , 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Cabernet Franc. (AG)
Notes from The Wine Cellar Insider: "A new, fresh style of wine for Branon, now produced by the brother of owner Helene Garcin. Truffle, tobacco and blackberry notes lead to a more finesse driven approach with a tangy, dark chocolate and blackberry finish. Gone is the opulent style to which we have become accustomed, at least in this vintage. This will undoubtedly please some people but it may alienate fans of the estate’s older, more lavish vintages." 90-92 points, tasted April 24, 2015.