2018 Brane-Cantenac (Margaux)

74% Cabernet Sauvignon/23% Merlot/2% Cabernet Franc/1% Petit Verdot. Yield 45 hl/ha.Harvest dates Merlot 17-24 Sept, Cabernet Franc 1 and 5 Oct, Cabernet Sauvignon 25 Sept - 5 Oct, Petit Verdot 11 October. Pure, fresh, long, structured. Rather closed up at the moment, but very impressive. Refined and balanced. (NT 30/04/19)
Margaux, Medoc, Bordeaux FRANCE
Wine Style
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon
Closure Style
drink or keep
Bottle Size
Case Quantity
Wine Score
95 points, Jane Anson, decanter.com, April 2019
16 points, Julia Harding, jancisrobinson.com, April 2019
92-94 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, robertparker.com, April 2019
92-95 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2019
93-95 points, Chris Kissack,
    • Buy Duty Paid
    • Buy In Bond
      Stock in
    Stock in
    *Stock on
    Price inc Add to Basket
    Unit 75cl 5 12 -
    Case 6x75cl - 2 -
      Stock in
    *Stock on
    Price ib Add to Basket
    Case 6x75cl 2 -
2018 Brane-Cantenac (Margaux)

Media Reviews

Jane Anson

This is a serious wine, with well constructed walls and floor, but it`s full of life too, with brambled, succulent and generously-extracted fruit on the nose. It has less immediate charm than some in the appellation and will take a while to come round, but it has clear ageing ability and is one to savour. You feel the precision and confidence in how it presents itself. 1% Petit Verdot makes up the blend - there was no Carmenère in the grand vin in 2018. 45hl/ha yield. 70% new oak. Drink 2027 - 2042. 95 points

Julia Harding

74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot; 70% new oak. Darkest core with barely a rim. Prettily scented, reminding me, along with Angludet just tasted, of the aromatic distinctiveness of classic Margaux. A bit dry and slim on the palate but the tannins have been gently handled and there’s freshness to finish. 16 points

Lisa Perrotti-Brown

The 2018 Brane-Cantenac is deep garnet-purple in color and delivers expressive black cherry compote, blueberry coulis and crème de cassis scents with suggestions of cigar box, Provence herbs and lavender. Full-bodied with mouth-filling, rich black fruit preserves, it has a velvety texture and a long, perfumed finish. 92-94 points

Antonio Galloni

The 2018 Brane-Cantenac captures all of the natural richness of the year. Ample, creamy and resonant, the 2018 offers quite a bit of intensity while retaining its mid-weight sense of structure. Dark red cherry, mint, spice, and dried rose petals are some of the signatures. Even with its obvious volume the 2018 retains lovely aromatic freshness and nuance. The 2018 is an especially juicy, open-knit Brane-Cantenac. Grilled herbs, menthol, spice and anise add an attractive upper-register to the perfumed finish. The blend is 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. Tasted three times. 92-95 points

Chris Kissack

The blend is 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Ve rdot, and the alcohol is 13.4%. The yields were 45 hl/ha. There is a fresh and smoky character to the nose, with a little reduction showing on this sample. The palate shows some real class though, with a very elegant integration of gently polished and medium-bodied texture, with a little phenolic substance to the weight of the wine, with a backbone of silky tannins, fresh acidity and charming, floral, perfumed fruit, all tinged with bay leaf and green peppercorn. A very attractive, elegant style with potential, and overall an impressive Brane-Cantenac this year. The élevage here will be in 70% new oak and 30% second-fill oak. 93-95 points

If you like this you may also be interested in...