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  • By Richard Jennings
    1/21/2012, (See more on 91 points

    (Château Brane-Cantenac) Very dark red violet color; lovely cassis, cedar, olive nose; cassis, cedar, olive palate; needs 1-2 years; medium-plus finish 91+ points (53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc)


  • By Chris Kissack
    October 2011, (See more on Winedoctor...) 17.5 points

    (Château Brane-Cantenac (Margaux)) This is aromatically very different to the 2010. The elegant fruit has moved into a more tobacco-tinged character, with sous bois, dried leaves, a little tinge of cigar to match. There is still plenty of primary fruit here though; this is not overly advanced. The flesh here is unsurprisingly more pronounced than in 2010, and certainly represents the vintage very nicely, but it is perhaps more restrained than some other 2009s. It remains very harmonious and reserved on the palate, and then in the finish there is a sudden wave of exotic fruits and spices, and a flourish of ripe tannins too. Very nicely balanced. Really long and fresh despite the flesh of the vintage. More energy here than in the middle. More substance too.
  • By Chris Kissack
    March 2010, (See more on Winedoctor...) 17-18+ points

    (Chateau Brane-Cantenac Margaux) The blend here is Cabernet Sauvignon 53%, Merlot 40%, Cabernet Franc 7%. Very attractive, stylish fruit here on the nose, with a dark character, quite lifted, perfumed with violets. The same lifted style on the palate, supple texture, perfumed, with fresh fruit. Ripe and substantial tannic frame, just a touch dry in the finish. A wine of substance here. Well done.

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