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Tasting notes
FINE+RARE, Apr 2023

The 2022 vintage of Brane-Cantenac is a tribute to Henri Lurton’s late father Lucien, who passed away in 2023 having arrived at the property in 1954, as well as Henri’s 30th vintage at the helm. It’s also the finest wine he thinks he’s ever made – feeling it will stand alongside vintages like 1945 or 1961 in the history books. A wine of great aromatic complexity, notes of perfumed black fruit, spice and cocoa gently unfurl from the glass. Medium-bodied, the palate has a striking balance between alcohol and dynamic acidity, with a wonderful floral lift that remains throughout. The fine silky tannins provide the wine with a significant backbone before they slowly melt away, leaving a long, satisfying finish. The latest iteration of this classic Margaux is full of promise – and Henri Lurton is justified in his pride.

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97
97/100

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96
95-97/100

William Kelley, Wine Advocate

97
96-97/100

James Suckling

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96 - 98 points
Jeb Dunnuck
Score 96-98/100 · Jeb Dunnuck, Jun 2023

I was absolutely blown away by the 2022 Château Brane-Cantenac, which looks to be a reference point vintage for this château. Based on 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc, Carmenère, and Petit Verdot, it sports a deep purple hue to go with incredible aromatics of crème de cassis, lead pencil, sandalwood, and spring flowers. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, it shines for its purity of fruit, has ultra-fine tannins, a great mid-palate, and one heck of a finish. It hit 14.3% alcohol with a pH of 3.6, and like many estates today, they utilized quite a bit of press wine (15%) in the final blend. This is clearly up with the finest wines from the appellation and is well worth seeking out.

96 - 98 points
Jeff Leve, The Wine Cellar Insider
Score 96-98/100 · Jeff Leve, The Wine Cellar Insider, May 2023

Deeply colored, the wine opens with violets, lilacs, roses, cigar wrappers, creme de cassis, spice and lavender aromatics in the perfume. On the palate, the wine is pure silk and velvet. There is a beautiful elegance, symmetry, and balance you notice as soon as the wine graces your palate. There is length, purity, and refinement making this effortless to taste. The finish has no edges, leaving you with a wealth of sensuous fruits. Fans of Brane Cantenac should run, not walk, and buy this gem as prices continue to remain reasonable for a wine of this character, and quality. The wine blends 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, and 1% of Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Carmenere. The wine is 14.3% ABV, 3.61 pH. The harvest took place September 7 - October 4, with the Carmenere being picked October 10. This is the earliest start to a harvest in the history of the estate. Yields were 31.5% hectoliters per hectare. The Grand Vin was produced from only 42% of the harvest.

95 - 97 points
William Kelley, Wine Advocate
Score 95-97/100 · William Kelley, Wine Advocate, Apr 2023

A blend of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and the balance Cabernet Franc, Carmenère and Petit Verdot, the 2022 Brane-Cantenac unwinds in the glass with aromas of dark berries, crème de cassis, black truffles, loamy soil, burning embers and violets. Medium to full-bodied, deep and velvety, with a fleshy core of fruit, terrific concentration and lively acids, it concludes with a long, perfumed finish. This is a terrific 2022 that may rival or even surpass the 2019 if it realizes all its potential in bottl

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Château Brane-Cantenac has been a consistent performer in the Margaux wine appellation since Henri Lurton took over the property, but thanks to replanting and investment in the last decade, quality has seen another sharp upswing.

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