Nose of dark fruits and earth but there is something stinky here. On the palate, lean and tight with dark fruits and slate notes and then there is a barnyard character which is someting I might like in Burgundy but certainly not in Bordeaux. As the wine sat in the glass, it got worse and was basically showing nothing but black stink in the end. I had thought i heard this winery was trying to make a comeback but this is a sad attempt, I'm afraid. I see the other notes here which are remarkably consistent so maybe I had an off bottle but there was nothing wrong with the wine that I could identify and we had it at Nick & Sam's in Dallas and the other 5 wines we tried were all in perfect condition.
Meaty, barnyard claret. Broken down blackcurrant with wet leaves and leather. Very different to the last time I tried - less light, less refined, less ethereal. The opposite of each really - more st Julien - but still lovely. A little too much maturity perhaps?
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(Château Brane-Cantenac (Margaux)) 2006 Rather more withdrawn aromatically then the later vintages tasted here. With a little more air it does reveal a very appealing, slightly honeyed style of fruit, dark and very seductive in character. I find it alluring and hugely seductive. I think it has some complex elements to the fruit, like black bean, and there is still a little oak showing through with that honeyed note. There is no harshness on the palate unlike some wines of the vintage, showing only a silky front which fades slowly, yielding to a more structured midpalate, although the fruit always stays well on top in a soft and elegant layer, backed up by appropriately firm acidity. There is grip in the finish but it is ripe and meaty. An impressive effort.
(Chateau Brane-Cantenac (Margaux)) An attractive perfume, soft but gently smoky, overall quite appealing. A very soft character on the palate, but then more substance in the middle. A nice little suggestion of grit here, this is a wine with some tangible substance. Soft and slightly chewy tannins, and fresh acids. Another competent wine which if it firms up with a little bottle age will drink well. I like the aromatics though; this could have real appeal to those looking for genuine old-school Margaux. Certainly better than my 2007 barrel sample suggested.
(Chateau Brane-Cantenac Margaux) A lot of character here, which is good. A firm and nutty style, rather perfumed, almost to the level of being soapy. Rather chalky palate, all structure and no flesh. Rather bare tannins. This wine lacks flavour, character and concentration.
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