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2009 Brane-Cantenac, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1056629 95 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Showing beautifully, the 2009 Château Brane-Cantenac is loaded with classic Margaux notes of sandalwood, dried flowers, spice, truffle, and blackcurrants. Based on 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc brought up in 70% new French oak, it's medium to full-bodied and has a beautifully textured, elegant mouthfeel, terrific mid-palate depth, and a great finish. Inner quote mark (11/2020)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark A spectacular effort from this estate rivaling their 2005, but more flashy/flamboyant, this dark ruby/purple wine has a strikingly intense nose of licorice, flowers, plums and dark berries. (RP) Inner quote mark (2/2012)

94 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Plenty of Margaux balance and effortless elegance here, showcasing a concentrated blackcurrant and blackberry fruit character. Soft smoky oak comes in on the finish, with fine tannins and gentle floral aromatics. Only 37% of the production make it into the 1st wine, aged in 70% new oak. The vineyard here lies across a gravel outcrop, with certain sections that are sandy-gravel, with the 1st wine invariably Cabernet Sauvignon dominant. (JA) Inner quote mark (10/2020)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2009 Brane-Cantenac was picked from September 22 to October 9 with a modest 13.4° alcohol. This has long been a great Margaux. It is very delineated and yet very generous on the bravura bouquet of blackberry, raspberry, crushed stone, cedar and a touch of mint. The palate is fresh and bursting with energy right from the start. There is plenty of weight and presence here, but that tension binds this Brane-Cantenac together. Then there is that Pauillac-inspired, graphite finish that lingers for 45+ seconds. This is one of Henri Lurton’s best wines. (NM) Inner quote mark (1/2019)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Warm and rounded, this spicy wine has wood flavors just showing through the ripe fruit. It is already delicious, with rich blackberry flavors right up front, although its aging potential is evident with the concentrated, deep structure. *Cellar Selection* (RV) Inner quote mark (2/2012)

92 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Plenty of fresh plum fruit alongside the bitter chocolate in the nose, but on the palate this retains the Margaux lightness and elegant dryness, the finish just slightly warm. Inner quote mark (2/2019)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Ripe and fleshy, with an enticing mix of linzer torte, currant confiture and crushed plum fruit offset by hints of briar and bay leaf. The long finish lets roasted apple wood, singed iron and tobacco leaf notes fill in, while staying plush in feel. Combines the ripeness of the vintage with a nice old-school feel. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2012)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Good deep red. Pretty cassis and floral aromas. Silky, subtle and fresh, with sound acidity framing the pungent dark berry and lightly herbal flavors. Very nicely balanced wine with an elegant finish featuring suave tannins, an intriguing saline quality and subtle persistence. (ST) Inner quote mark (7/2012)

K&L Notes

*++ Superb aromas of red fruits and a lush mouthfeel. Cherry cola. At UGC: Great aromas of black cherry and fine texture on the palate. Note: Futures item. Wine will arrive late 2011 to 2013. You will be contacted for delivery instructions. 91 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown in Wine Advocate: "Medium to deep garnet colored, the 2009 Brane-Cantenac displays notes of warm red and black plums, Morello cherries and mulberries with hints of spice cake and earth. Medium-bodied, elegant, soft and fleshy, it delivers a lively line of freshness and an earthy finish." (03/2019)


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By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/2/2012 | Send Email
The epitome of elegance! Lovely cherry-raspberry fruit and a great mouthfeel. Superbly balanced. I love it!

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