Second Grand Cru Classé (Second Growth) of Margaux
Chateau Brane Cantenac was founded in the 18th century under the name of Gorce. It was bought in 1983 by the Baron de Brane and became Lurton family's property in 1925. It is a second great classed growth (1855 classification) of the prestigious appellation of the left bank of Bordeaux, the appellation Margaux. The 75-hectare vineyard is planted on deep quaternary gravel soil, at a density of 7,000 to 8,000 vine stocks/ha. Following the sustainable viticulture principles, the vines have been subjected to biological experimentations since 2010 on part of the estate (parcel la Verdotte). The vineyard is made up of 4 grape varieties: 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 4.5% Cabernet Franc, and 0.5% Carmenère.
Château Brane Cantenac makes 3 Bordeaux red wines: the first wine is the Grand Vin de Brane Cantenac, with a very impressive quality level since 1995. A second wine named "le Baron de Brane" is produced by the Château Brane Cantenac but tends to be softer than the first wine. It comes from vats of wines selected for their suppleness, because Merlot makes the majority of this blend; it benefits from shorter aging in barrels (12 months). Finally, a third wine called "Margaux de Brane" has a very fruity style (with red berries notes). It is silky, rather round and unctuous, an easy to drink wine with immediate pleasure. The first wine of Brane Cantenac is in the classic trend of the Margaux wines, medium-bodied but very tasty with delicate notes of smoke, blackcurrant, earth and tobacco. In their best vintages (2015, 2014, 2010, 2009, 2005, 2000, 1996) the wines of Brane Cantenac can be kept for up to 20 years in the cellar. These vins de garde (wines for ageing) from Brane Cantenac estate are sought after by amateurs, because the price of the bottles is reasonable and of good value for money.
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