Red

1966 Château Brane-Cantenac

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • Margaux
Drink between 1978 - 1997 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 27

  • RockinCabs wrote: 92 points

    February 21, 2019 - Continues on its later maturity plateau. Great black cherry and plum with cedary tobacco and sweet floral notes. Drink over the next few years.

    For me NM seems to have been a bit light in scoring this during his recent chateau retrospective.

  • Pey2001 wrote: 88 points

    February 28, 2018 - An inherited treasure from my wife's grandfather. I was handling this bottle while packing up my cellar to move temporarily for renovations. I just lightly pressed the top of the neck to check the cork, and it fell into the bottle! Oh crap, I thought, this one is done, and I was just going to try it. But low and behold, it wasn't corked and was drinkable! Not amazing, but not bad. A pale amber-to-garnet in colour, the nose on this wine was the best part. Subtle and fruity with hints of red berries and a little dirt. On the palate this wine is clearly past it. Very smooth with hardly a trace of tannin, but still a little kick of acidity. The flavour feels almost watered down, not in an unpleasant way, but as if to suggest what the wine could have been if it had been drunk earlier. Not at all as delicious and intense as a 1961 Phelan Segur I inherited from the same grandfather, but still a very pleasant surprise for a wine over 50 years old!

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  • englishman's claret wrote: 90 points

    September 12, 2017 - On the basis of the fine-boned, floral nose, you'd identify this as a Margaux (commune not chateau) if you were told you were tasting a 66 and masked to the rest of the details. It's pretty and such a contrast to the Montrose in the next glass; here, all of the fruit is redcurrant and raspberry. The touch of volatile acidity that pokes through detracts from the overall picture somewhat. Lithe body; the tannins have melted away. Drink them now.

  • RockinCabs wrote: 92 points

    September 10, 2017 - 1966 Bordeaux (Ducru, Brane, Montrose) (Concord, MA): Nose: Elegant, perfumed and giving a nose of red cherry, plum juice, florals, earth and cinnamon. Palate: Resolved, silky and light with a lifted elegance that Jancis might describe as "limpid". Nice notes of red berries, cherry, earth and redhots/allspice. Finish: Deeply perfumed in the finish and lingering with sensual red cherry and dark floral notes.

    Very similar to the prior bottle.

  • RockinCabs wrote: 93 points

    May 13, 2017 - Nose: Exhibited gorgeous morello cherry, overripe strawberry, baking spice and florals. Palate: Silky and supremely elegant feel. Beautiful red/black fruit, spice, cocoa and earth/truffle notes. Finish: Coffee, Black Cherry and floral, earth and sweet truffle notes.

    Inner mouth perfume on the 66 really won the day. Very happy I can drink this a few more times.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1966
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château Brane-Cantenac
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Médoc
  • Appellation Margaux
  • UPC Code 3453522111056

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 3 (2%)
  • In Cellars 133 (70%)
  • Consumed 55 (29%)

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