2012 Baron de Brane Margaux
The second label of the esteemed Chateau Brane-Cantenac, Baron de Brane is a thoughtful charmer. It sees a little less age in the barrel and a softer touch with the new oak than its big brother.
It's a beautiful wine, a great example of Margaux and a bit of a bargain.
Aromatic with notes of blackberry currant and floral touches. There is some vanilla and spice, generosity with the tannins and nice balance overall.
Spring was challenging, with very rainy weather in April as vines began shooting, but excellent summer weather made up for it, with the hottest August since 2003. Getting the harvesting date right was crucial in order to obtain fully ripe grapes, without endangering their health by allowing the rain at the end of September and in October to take its toll. Brane’s great success in this vintage is down to the terroir, which leads grapes to ripen early. The fact that we included 68% of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend of Brane-Cantenac bears witness to its beautiful maturity, and to the excellent work that was done in the vineyard.
Harvest dates: 27th September - 16th October
Yield: 45.5 hl/ha
Barrel aging: 12 months in 30% new French oak
Aging potential: 10-15 years. At its best from 2017 onwards
France, Bordeaux, Margaux
60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc
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