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Community Tasting Notes (47) Avg Score: 89.5 points

  • Family dinner (parents over!) - roast lamb etc.

    Opened and decanted about an hour and a half before consuming. Soft and subtle on the nose, well integrated flavours. Beautifully supple, everything I've come to expect from drinking older Bordeaux, with a really gentle and engaging character.

    This wine feels like going home, back to your favourite pub; the sun's out and you're meeting up with an old friend; I'd happily drink this all day, any day.

    I can quite believe the drinking window being suggested by Cellartracker users, and only wish I had more of this to try on down the line.

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  • Close close. Medium in all parameters. Lets see in 3-5 yr.

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  • 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.

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  • Really nice old world nose with notes, of earth, dark currant, cedar, wet tobacco leaf, much more primary on the palate with fine somewhat bitter tannins and medium acidity and a medium plus finish

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  • 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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  • By Chris Kissack
    October 2011, (See more on Winedoctor...) 16 points

    (Château Brane-Cantenac (Margaux)) 2006 Rather more withdrawn aromatically then the later vintages tasted here.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.
  • By Chris Kissack
    November 2010, (See more on Winedoctor...) 15.5 points

    (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.
  • By Chris Kissack
    April 2007, (See more on Winedoctor...) 12-13 points

    (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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