Jeb Dunnuck
James Suckling
Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
Wine Enthusiast
Wine Spectator
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Chateau Brane Cantenac 2015

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Product description

Established in the 18th century, it was known as "Gorce" this large estate is located on the best gravelly outcrops of Cantenac. A century before the 1855 classification, it was considered one of the best second growths in the Medoc. In 1833, Baron de Brane (called "Napoleon of the Vines") sold his estate in Pauillac, Brane-Mouton, and bought Gorce, which he renamed "Brane-Cantenac", ten years later.

Lucien Lurton's grandfather acquired the estate in 1925 and was succeeded by his grandson in 1956. Lucien Lurton's son, Henri, currently manages the estate and puts all his efforts into producing a great Margaux in every vintage, reflecting Brane-Cantenac's superb vineyard soil.

96 Points - Wine Enthusiast

Rich, fruity and with great potential, this ripe wine is also dense with firm tannins. Its juicy fruits are a part of a package with concentrated tannins and smoky wood flavours that allow for long aging. This is an impressive wine from one of the Margaux properties owned by the Lurton family. Drink from 2025.

94 Points - James Suckling

Quite impressive ripe dark plums and blackberries with sweet, earthy depth and cedary background oak on the nose. The palate has smooth, slick tannins that carry rich dark fruit that is long and fresh. This has terrific energy and depth. Vibrant. Incredible length. Drink from 2022.

94 Points - Jeb Dunnuck

The 2015 Chateau Brane-Cantenac checks in as a mix of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot and the balance Cabernet Franc and Carmenere brought up in roughly 75% new French oak. This medium to full-bodied beauty excels on all accounts and gives up gorgeous notes of blackcurrants, lead pencil, spice and hints of toasted bread. Polished, impeccably balanced, concentrated, and with ripe tannin, it's a rock star in 2015 that can be drunk young or cellared for 20-25 years. Bravo!

93 Points - Wine Spectator

Silky and refined, with seductive crushed plum and raspberry fruit that glides along, perfectly melded with singed alder and mesquite notes along with black tea and warm licorice details. A violet element hangs in the background, adding to the elegance. Best from 2020 through 2035.

93 Points - Decanter

Beautifully concentrated floral, fragrant fruit plus minerally depth with smoothness to come. A very fine wine from this on-form second growth.

92 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2015 Brane-Cantenac is medium to deep garnet-purple in colour with a nose of crushed blackberries and chocolate-covered cherries with touches of fried herbs and tilled soil. It has an herbal lift on the finish, is medium-bodied, refreshing and elegant in the mouth, with chewy tannins.