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FINE+RARE, Apr 2024

This is full of fresh blackcurrant and dark forest fruit, with a hint of smoke and a lovely, leafy freshness. The palate offers full, enveloping tannins, balanced by zippy acidity, with a core of plum and soft, dark fruit. 13.8% alcohol and 3.54pH. Blend:77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 1% Carménère, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc

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95
95/100

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96
95-96/100

James Suckling

94
93-95/100

William Kelley, Wine Advocate

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95 - 97 points
Jeb Dunnuck
Score 95-97/100 · Jeb Dunnuck, May 2024

Readers looking for one of the hidden gems in the vintage should jump on the 2023 Château Brane-Cantenac, an incredibly impressive Margaux that does everything right. Cassis, graphite, violets, lead pencil, and leafy tobacco notes all emerge on the nose, and it's medium to full-bodied on the palate, with classy, integrated oak, flawless balance, and fine tannins. I love its overall purity, as well as its balance, and it should need just 4-5 years of bottle age to show its potential. Tasted twice.

95 - 97 points
Jeff Leve, The Wine Cellar Insider
Score 95-97/100 · Jeff Leve, The Wine Cellar Insider, May 2024

Cuban cigars, cedar, cassis, spice, forest floor, and flowers open the perfume. On the palate, the wine shines with its silky textures, vibrancy, and hints of salty rocks that ride along effortlessly, with its layers of, sweet, ripe, black with red fruits. There is length, and refinement. Taking close to 1 month to harvest is what the difference with 2023. This is another vintage that Brane Cantenac lovers should have in their cellars. The wine blends 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and 1% Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Carmenere. 13.5% ABV, 3.77 pH. The harvest took place September 4 - October 2. The Grand Vin was produced from only 40% of the harvest.

94 - 96 points
Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Independent
Score 94-96/100 · Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Independent, May 2024

The 2023 Brane-Cantenac is deep garnet-purple in color. Scents of blackcurrant jelly, boysenberries, and black raspberries slowly emerge from the glass, giving way to notions of charcoal, pencil lead, and a waft of tree bark. The medium-bodied palate has a solid structure of racy acidity and firm, ripe, grainy tannins supporting the tightly wound black and red fruit flavors, finishing on a lingering mineral note. The blend is 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot, with pH 3.59.

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Brane Cantenac

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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