The 2018 Brane-Cantenac opens with a super-classic bouquet of dried herbs, pencil shavings, licorice and mint. Medium in body and wonderfully nuanced, Brane-Cantenac marries the natural richness of the year with a classic structural feel. This is one of the most elegant, restrained 2018s readers will come across. I loved it.
Anticipated maturity: 2028-2048
Robert Parker 93
The 2018 Brane-Cantenac is medium to deep garnet-purple in color, leaping from the glass with vibrant notes of kirsch, black raspberries and warm cassis, plus suggestions of roses, forest floor and cinnamon stick with a waft of cedar chest. The medium-bodied palate is wonderfully elegant and refreshing, weighing in at just 13.5% alcohol, while not scrimping on the interplay of red and black fruits. It has lovely soft tannins and a long, perfumed finish. Impressive!
Anticipated maturity: 2024-2042
Area under vines: 75 hectares
Soils: Deep ‘graves’ from the quaternary era
Average age of the vines: 35
Planting density: 6666 to 8000 plants per hectare
Average yield: 45 hl/ha
Production: 150 000 bottles a year
Ageing: 18 months in barrels, using 60 to 70% new oak
- Cabernet Sauvignon 55%
- Merlot 40%
- Cabernet Franc 4,5%
- Carmenère 0,5%
Second wine: Baron de Brane
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