Baron de Brane Margaux 2019 750ml - Bottle Shop of Spring Lake
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Baron de Brane Margaux 2019 750ml
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Baron de Brane Margaux 2019

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Category Red Wine
Origin France, Bordeaux, Margaux
Brand Baron de Brane
Alcohol/vol 14%

This is the second wine of second growth Chateau Brane Cantenac, now named Le Baron de Brane, previously known as Chateau Notton, which took its name from one of the main parcels where the grapes were planted. There is a third wine, Margaux de Brane, which is usually Merlot dominated and is made from the estates’ youngest vines. During the late 1950s and into the 1960s, having a second wine was important as the estate declassified 3 vintages, due to extremely poor, weather conditions, 1956, 1960, and 1963.

Chateau Brane Cantenac began its history in the early 17th century. At the time, the small estate was known as Domaine Guilhem Hosten and produced wine. The vineyards and estate were developed by the owner in the late 1700s, the Gorce family, and was highly regarded for its quality. The Baron of Brane, also known as “Napoleon of the Vineyards”, purchased the chateau in 1833. At the time of the sale, the estate was called Chateau Gorce-Guy. To obtain the funds needed to purchase the vineyard, the Baron sold what is now called Chateau Mouton Rothschild, which was at the time of the sale was known as Chateau Brane-Mouton.

In 1838, the Baron renamed the property, merging his name with the name of the sector where the vineyards were located, calling it Chateau Brane Cantenac. The chateau later passed to the Roy family, who were well-known in the Margaux appellation in those days, as they owned Chateau d'Issan as well. Jumping into the next century, in 1920, the Societe des Grands Crus de France, a group of merchants and growers that owned several chateaux located in the Medoc including; Chateau Margaux, Chateau Giscours, and Chateau Lagrange in St. Julien, purchased Chateau Brane Cantenac.

Five years later, M. Recapet and his son-in-law, François Lurton, took over Brane Cantenac along with Chateau Margaux. Lucien Lurton (the son of François Lurton) inherited Brane Cantenac in 1956. Today, the estate is still in the hands of the quality-driven Lurton family. Brane Cantenac is currently owned and managed by the capable, Henri Lurton. After being given the responsibility of managing Brane Cantenac, it was under the direction of Henri Lurton that large portions of the vineyard were replanted. Vine densities were increased, the drainage systems were improved and the plantings were also, slowly changed to their current plantings.

Chateau Brane Cantenac took time to excel. But starting with the 2009 vintage, every year has seen vast improvements in character and quality. 2015, 2018, 2019, and 2020 are, however, the best wines produced in the long history of the estate. The 75-hectare vineyard of Brane Cantenac is planted to 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 4.5% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot, and .5% Carmenere. Carmenere was used for the first time in the 2011 vintage. The Petit Verdot was planted in 2008. 2017 is the first vintage where Petit Verdot was added to the blend. The 75 hectare Left Bank vineyard of Brane Cantenac is essentially unchanged since it earned Second Growth status in the 1855 Classification of the Medoc. The entire vineyard can be divided into 120 separate parcels. 

At least that is the case with the 45 hectares used to produce the Grand Vin of Brane Cantenac. Those 45 hectares are planted close to, and surrounding the chateau. Those vines are located just in front of the Cantenac plateau and are the best terroir that Brane Cantenac owns. At its peak, the vineyard has an elevation of 22 meters. That parcel is the heart and soul of their wine. Not just for the elevations, but for the depth of the gravel which can be as deep as 12 meters. They have other parcels, which are further inland. But much of those grapes are placed into their second wine. Those additional hectares can be divided into 3 main sections.

Behind the chateau, they have 15 hectares of vines on gravel and sandy soils. They have 10 hectares across the road with sand, gravel, and iron and a 13-hectare parcel with gravelly clay called Notton, which is used for their second wine. More than vineyards, the property maintains beautifully, manicured gardens and verdant parkland. To produce the wine of Chateau Brane Cantenac, the wine is vinified in a combination of temperature-controlled, traditional, 22 oak vats, 18 concrete tanks, and 20 stainless steel vats that vary in size from 40 hectoliters all the way up to 200 hectoliters, which allows for a parcel by parcel vinification. 40% of the fermentation takes place in the oak vats. The remainder is done in stainless steel and concrete. The oldest vines are vinified in the oak vats that are selected to allow for separate parcel by parcel vinification.

The younger vines are vinified more often together in the same vats. However, the Carmenere and Petit Verdot are entirely micro-vinified, meaning that those grapes are completely vinified in their own French oak barrels, using micro-vinification techniques. This takes place with the Carmenere and Petit Verdot because the amount of grapes produced is so small. Some vats can of Brane Cantenac be co-inoculated, meaning they go through alcoholic fermentation and malolactic fermentation simultaneously. At Chateau Brane Cantenac, malolactic fermentation takes place in a combination of French oak tanks and barrels. The majority of the Grand Vin goes through malolactic in barrel. The wine of Brane Cantenac is aged in an average of 60% new, French oak barrels for 17 months before bottling. The initial 2 months of aging are done with the wine on its lees, which adds more depth to the wine.

Chateau Brane Cantenac, due to its elegant, feminine style, can be enjoyed young, with decanting. But you are missing all the nuances that come with age. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 2-3 hours, give or take. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Brane Cantenac is usually better with at least 10 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Brane Cantenac offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 12-35 years of age after the vintage.

This 2019 has a beautiful dark purple color with violet hues. The nose intoxicates with its floral fragrance. Peony and violet mingle with strawberry, dark cherry, and blackcurrant aromas; an aromatic complexity punctuated by a very fine wooden hint. The wine is supple and smooth on the entry, developing at the same time on a medium-bodied and fresh mid-palate, the silky and already well melted tannins make this wine of a great finesse. The aromas of juicy dark cherry, strawberry, and violet candy, reappear to accentuate the greediness of this wine. A wine of beautiful balance with a long ageing potential. Drink from 5 to more than 10 years. Aerate before pouring.  

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The 2019 Baron de Brane is the first to use a tiny amount of amphora in the elevage. It offers fine lift on the nose of almost airy red berry fruit, raspberry confit and rose petals; a light loamy scent emerges with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with a fresh opening, and a little angular initially, but it coheres toward the middle, delivering tart red cherries, fine acidity and good delineation toward the pencil-lead-infused finish. This is a fine Deuxieme Vin from the estate that should drink well for a decade and more. 14.2° alcohol

December 2021
Jeb Dunnuck
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The second wine of Brane-Cantenac, the 2019 Baron De Brane is more Merlot-dominated and has a fleshy, medium-bodied, supple style as well as rock-solid aromatics of black cherries, cedar pencil, and chocolaty herbs. It's already drinking nicely yet should keep for a decade.

April 11, 2022
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