This morning we are delighted to release one of our favourite wines, the leading Second Growth from Margaux, the impressive Brane Cantenac. Proclaimed the “Jewel in the Crown” by Neal Martin, Brane Cantenac 2020 is an impressive effort from the Lurton family, perhaps their best ever, with Martin claiming “Quite simply, this is the finest Brane-Cantenac that I have tasted from barrel”. With increased focus on the vinification process and harnessing the potential of the redesigned winery, the Lurtons have produced a phenomenal wine. Martin describes it as, “Harmonious and poised, this is an absolutely fantastic Brane-Cantenac.” Jeb Dunnuck agrees, claiming that it is “another remarkable 2020 in the making,” whilst Suckling muses, “Perhaps the best of the trilogy years” awarding it his highest ever Brane Cantenac score of 96-97 points. 

The release price today is £600 per 12 IB or £300 per six IB. As a Second Growth, Brane Cantenac rubs shoulders with the likes of Cos, Montrose, Pichon Baron, Pichon Lalande, Leoville Las Cases and Ducru Beaucaillou, yet is available at a fraction of the price. Priced at £50 per bottle, this is serious wine at a very friendly price, “a must buy” as simply put by Martin. We couldn’t agree more. With volume down 50% we highly recommend to secure your allocation as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.   

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 IB or £105 per case of six IB provides top claret for any budget. With a score of 92-93 points from James Suckling, this is an unmissable wine for Margaux fans looking for a more approachable style.