2010 Chateau Brane-Cantenac (Case of Six)

Year: 2010
Appellation: Margaux
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 90-93
Wine Advocate: 93-96
Vinous Media: 92-95
Jeff Leve: 92-94
James Suckling: 91-92
Red Wine


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"A fresh, floral style, with violet and rose aromas followed by a mix of vibrant red currant and blackberry fruit. The dusty finish has good underlying acidity, keeping it racy. " (WS)

"After nearly two decades of mediocre performances, Brane Cantenac has been doing impressive work over the last decade. While the 2010 may not eclipse the 2009 or 2005, it is an exceptional wine from proprietor Henri Lurton. A dense purple color is accompanied by a floral-scented bouquet revealing notes of licorice, graphite and red as well as black currants. Layered, rich and concentrated, this impressively constructed, seamless Margaux has plenty of tannin, but it is buried under the extravagant fruit and glycerin. This rich, pure, authoritative 2010 should drink well young yet keep for 25-30+ years." (WA)

"(a blend of 62% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot and 8% cabernet franc; 13.5% alcohol) Purple-ruby. Highly c omplex aromas of red plum, cassis, violet, graphite, and cedar. Then focused and suave on the palate, with flavors of pure blackberry, blueberry pie and flint. Finishes with broad, polished tannins and impressive length. This excellent Brane-Cantenac is a highly nuanced and structured wine with plenty of life ahead. If it gains in sweetness, it may well eventually rate a score at the high end of my range. Drink 2020-2040." (IWC)

"2010 Brane Cantenac From a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc, the Bordeaux wine reached 13.5% alcohol, which is high for Brane Canenac. With a pH of 3.70, there is no sensation of heat in the wine. The Grand Vin represents 33% of the harvest. The wine opens with a delicate perfume of floral, jammy dark berries, cassis, oak and tobacco scents. Fresh, blackberry, floral, licorice and black cherry flavors, round ample tannins and a sweet, spicy cassis finish are the hallmarks of this wine. This shows more depth and acidity than the 2009." (JL)

"Balanced and polished, with pretty tannins and an attractive fruit. Very elegant for the vintage. Lovely length to the wine.$$" (JS)