2010 Chateau Brane Cantenac, 2nd Growth Margaux (3 x Double Magnum)

France Bordeaux Margaux

The 2010 Brane-Cantenac was picked September 27 to October 14. It remains closed on the nose despite vigorous aeration, although there are shards of light as it reveals gorgeous, stony black fruit and pencil lead aromas, plus a hint of iris. The palate is medium-bodied and incredibly well focused, displaying razor-sharp tannin and a balletic poise from start to finish that belies the awesome structure of this Margaux. It is almost clinical on the finish, completing a stunning Brane-Cantenac that has a long future ahead of it. A benchmark for Henri Lurton. Tasted at the Brane-Cantenac vertical at the château.

2010 Chateau Brane Cantenac, 2nd Growth Margaux (3 x Double Magnum)

The 2010 Brane-Cantenac was picked September 27 to October 14. It remains closed on the nose despite vigorous aeration, although there are shards of light as it reveals gorgeous, stony black fruit and pencil lead aromas, plus a hint of iris. The palate is medium-bodied and incredibly well focused, displaying razor-sharp tannin and a balletic poise from start to finish that belies the awesome structure of this Margaux. It is almost clinical on the finish, completing a stunning Brane-Cantenac that has a long future ahead of it. A benchmark for Henri Lurton. Tasted at the Brane-Cantenac vertical at the château.

France Bordeaux Margaux
Sub-Region Margaux
Region Bordeaux
Country France
Vintage 2010
Colour Red

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Vinous

The 2010 Brane-Cantenac is bashful on the nose, quite tertiary with plenty of sous-bois and cigar humidor scents infusing the dusky black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, a fine bead of acidity with a pure and quite persistent finish. Brane-Cantenac is not a Margaux predisposed towards blind peer group appraisals and I mistook its slight terseness as a shortcoming, whereas it is simply a wine that needs much more time and made to appear more austere than it is. Another bottle tasted around the same time correlated to previous reviews. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners 10-Year On Bordeaux horizontal.

92.5 Points / Drinking 2028 - 2056

By Neal Martin / April 2020

Vinous

The 2010 Brane-Cantenac was picked September 27 to October 14. It remains closed on the nose despite vigorous aeration, although there are shards of light as it reveals gorgeous, stony black fruit and pencil lead aromas, plus a hint of iris. The palate is medium-bodied and incredibly well focused, displaying razor-sharp tannin and a balletic poise from start to finish that belies the awesome structure of this Margaux. It is almost clinical on the finish, completing a stunning Brane-Cantenac that has a long future ahead of it. A benchmark for Henri Lurton. Tasted at the Brane-Cantenac vertical at the château.

95 Points / Drinking 2025 - 2055

By Neal Martin / January 2019