2012 Baron de Brane Margaux
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Purple dress with purplish reflections and a beautiful intensity. The nose is very aromatic, with notes of black fruits (blackberry and blackcurrant) and some floral touches of remarkable finesse. The bustle has vanilla and spicy notes. The attack is ample and all in roundness. The mid-palate very generous and the tannins have a nice sweetness. We find the balance of this beautiful vintage. A very greedy wine!
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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