This afternoon we are delighted to release one of our favourite wines, the leading second Growth from Margaux, the impressive Brane Cantenac. It is a wine we tried before lockdown at the Chateau, our first glimpse of the vintage, a wine immediately reminiscent of their brilliant 2010 and 2016. It has been awarded 94-96 by Neal Martin, who says ‘It’s almost already hard to resist, with beautiful balance and purity, yet still has solid underlying tannins. Again, the balce here is brilliant.’ Jane Anson has awarded it 96 points and James Suckling 93-94.
The price today is superb indeed, offered at £498 per case of 12 or £249 per six, a 20% discount to last year. The average price of all vintages from 2005 is £578, so today’s release looks very attractive compared to the 16% vintage premium. It is one of the highest ever scoring wines from the Estate, alongside the 2016 which trades at £630, the 2009 and 2010 which trade at £720 and £780 respectively and the 2005, which costs £740 a case. Priced at £41 a bottle for a wine of this calibre, gives it a Price Over Points ratio (POP) of 33, which is fantastic for a leading second growth. We recommend this highly.
Chateau Brane Cantenac was founded in the 18th Century by the Gorce family. At the time it was one of the most expensive wines in Bordeaux, the same price as Chateau Mouton Rothschild’s contemporary incarnation. In fact, The Baron of Brane, known as the “Napoleon of the Vineyards” purchased Brane Canteanc in 1833, selling what was to become Mouton Rothschild in order to do so. It was then classified as a Second Growth in 1855. Today, it is owned by the Lurton family, run by Henri Lurton, who has replanted large swathes of vineyards and overhauled the winemaking procedure since taking over in 1992. The quality in recent vintages reflects its brilliant terroir and consistently makes one of the finest wines of Margaux. Around 11,000 cases are made every year.
Also released today is Baron de Brane, one of the best value wines of Bordeaux which priced at £210 per case of 12 or £105 per case of six provides top claret. With a score of 92-93 points from James Suckling the wine has a POP score of 16.8. We consider anything below 20 as unmissable.