2010 Baron de Brane Margaux
The second wine of Brane-Cantenac, a blend of 47% Merlot and 53% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Wine Spectator 89 to 92 pts
"Bright and intensely floral, with a lovely violet aroma and long, rich plum sauce, blackberry and currant notes. There's lush toast, but it's nicely integrated. Very suave."
James Suckling 91 pts.
March 2013 - A wine with chocolate, berry and vanilla character with full body, round tannins and a fresh finish. Solid and firm. Needs two or three years of bottle age.
WiNERY TASTING NOTES
November 2014: Attractive dark red hue with a highly aromatic nose typical of Margaux. In the mouth, a tight, smooth attack with a very fine balance of delicateness and soft, rounded tannins.
The 2010 vintage is uncannily similar to the previous vintage: a dry year but with water reserves that had been replenished the previous fall. The cool nights of a pleasant summer imparted full aromatic expression and unusually high levels of phenolic compounds.
The climate in 2010 corresponded marvelously to Brane’s terroir. The plateau’s clay-like gravel subsoil can give the vines the humidity the grapes need to mature in conditions of extreme dryness. Aromatic expression also being a major quality of this terroir, it was particularly rich at Brane this year. The severity of the blend may seem surprising but it was the key to a perfect balance...
Harvest dates: 27th September - 14th October
Yield: 41 hl/ha
Barrel ageing: 12 months in 20% new French oak
Ageing potential: 10-15 years. At its best from 2015 onwards.
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