Brane Cantenac 2009
Tasting Notes and Scores
A spectacular effort from this estate rivaling their 2005, but more flashy/flamboyant, this dark ruby/purple wine has a strikingly intense nose of licorice, flowers, plums and dark berries. Medium to full-bodied, very approachable and silky, this suave, very sexy wine can be drunk early on as well as aged for 20+ years.
Robert Parker (Wine Advocate #199, Feb 2012)
Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. Always difficult to taste in its youth, I was mean with my score when I tasted the Brane-Cantenac '09 blind, but it revealed much more class with aeration. It has a very sophisticated bouquet: superb delineation and precision with wonderful minerality. The palate is medium-bodied with some hardness coming through. There is a touch of under-ripeness lurking underneath that is perhaps what diminished my score, although I have learnt that this is simply part of the youthful character of Brane-Cantenac that ebbs away with time. It will need at least a decade in the cellar as one of the vintages vin de garde. Tasted January 2013.
– eRobertParker.com, Jul 2013
[53CS/40M/7CF] Restrained cabernet cassis, a profound impression on the nose; a lovely Brane balance: rich, supple yet fresh with a particularly fine grained tannin and a fine concentration; long, graceful, ripe cassis cored wine, gently complex, long across the palate, typical Margaux in its proportions and style, very Cabernet Sauvignon in its blackcurrant fruit flavour; this has all the fleshiness (lovely Merlot) of the best of the vintage, and a fine, warm, spicy length. Very nice indeed. 2020-30+
Plenty of fresh plum fruit alongside the bitter chocolate in the nose, but on the palate this retains the Margaux lightness and elegant dryness, the finish just slightly warm. Drink or hold. (Horizontal Tasting, London, 2019) - Stuart Pigott, jamessuckling.com, March 2019