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2018 Brane-Cantenac, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1407917 96 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This is now performing as one of the top Margaux estates. Their latest release shows structure, elegant black fruits and rich tannins. Densely textured and vibrantly fruity, the wine has a fine future. Drink from 2027. *Cellar Selection* (RV) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

95 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Deep and generous blackberry fruits and rich chocolate, there is good balance here with depth and interest and a ton of flavour. Really good stuff, with juice and a drive forward through the palate. (JA) Inner quote mark (11/2020)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark A quintessential Margaux as well as one of the finest wines I've tasted from this estate, the 2018 Château Brane-Cantenac is based on 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, all aged in 70% new French oak. Beautiful cassis and mulberry fruits as well as notes of leafy tobacco, spice, cedarwood, and spring flowers emerge from the glass. Medium to full-bodied, beautifully balanced, and elegant, it has loads of fruit, a seamless texture, and a good spine of acidity. Give bottles 4-5 years and enjoy over the following 30 years or more. 95+ Inner quote mark (3/2021)

95 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Aromas of mushroom, meat, bark and iodine with blackberries and blackcurrants, following through to a full body with firm, creamy tannins that give structure and form to the wine. Tight on the finish. Long and persistent with presence. Drink after 2025. Inner quote mark (3/2021)

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2018 Brane-Cantenac opens with a super-classic bouquet of dried herbs, pencil shavings, licorice and mint. Medium in body and wonderfully nuanced, Brane-Cantenac marries the natural richness of the year with a classic structural feel. This is one of the most elegant, restrained 2018s readers will come across. I loved it. (AG) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2018 Brane-Cantenac is medium to deep garnet-purple in color, leaping from the glass with vibrant notes of kirsch, black raspberries and warm cassis, plus suggestions of roses, forest floor and cinnamon stick with a waft of cedar chest. The medium-bodied palate is wonderfully elegant and refreshing, weighing in at just 13.5% alcohol, while not scrimping on the interplay of red and black fruits. It has lovely soft tannins and a long, perfumed finish. Impressive! (LPB) 93+ Inner quote mark (3/2021)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Classic fragrance, violets and fresh blackcurrants. Lovely nose. Silky entry, with a rush of fresh cassis fruit and vibrant acidity in tandem on the palate. Svelte but intense, retaining all the freshness of great Bordeaux while exhibiting hints of the solar vintage in the ripeness of fruit. Long and fine with subtle spices lingering on the finish. Lots to enjoy here. 17++/20 points (TP) Inner quote mark (10/2020)

K&L Notes

93 points Neal Martin for Vinous: "As I wrote in my barrel report, the bouquet is more forthcoming than other vintages, scents of blackberry, cranberry, fern and mint lending it a Pauillac touch, as you often find on Brane-Cantenac in its youth. The palate is very well balanced with a fine bead of acidity. As usual, there is a soupçon of underlying greenness that will dissipate with bottle age. This brims with energy yet remains very classic in style. Will it drink earlier than other vintages? I am not so sure; revisiting this in bottle, I would certainly afford it 4–5 years." (3/2021)


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By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/15/2019 | Send Email
2018 Brane Cantenac was another favorite of our group at En Primeur week. 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 0.5% Carmenere, 0.5% Petit Verdot. They produced a very elegant, sexy wine this year, with a sweet core of mocha and cola berry, silky tannins to carry the plush fruit, and overall seamless structure. This will go down as one of their greatest wines yet.

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/16/2019 | Send Email
Brane-Cantenac is a showstopper in 2018, confirmed on multiple tastings where is was often among the best in the room. There is a level of purity and refinement that has shown itself in the past few years but is center-stage in this vintage. Intermingling black and red fruits are surrounded by fine tannin, good intensity, and balanced acidity. There's a ton going on here and it should thrill collectors for a long time to come.

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