The 2000 Brane-Cantenac is a blend of 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 55% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc. It has a really wonderful bouquet that is coming into its own: potent with black truffle and gravel infusing the red berry fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with a saline tang on the entry. It is not a powerful or huge wine, but there is impressive length here and genuine complexity on the finish, with black truffle, cedar and tobacco notes vying for attention. Henri Lurton oversaw a really quite fabulous, almost aristocratic Brane-Cantenac in this millennial year. (NM)
Very rich aromas of ripe strawberries, spices and flowers follow through to a full body with velvety tannins and an outstanding structure. It’s always a little austere. But so much there. Just coming around now. Delicious.
Rather open, with a briary backdrop to the core of juicy plum, blackberry and black currant confiture notes. There are fresh anise and lilac flavors too, with the finish showing a cedary echo while staying supple in feel overall.—2000 Bordeaux blind retrospective (December 2015). Drink now through 2020. (JM, Web-2016)
Bright ruby-red. Blueberry, violet and licorice on the nose. Juicy, pure and nicely delineated; dark berry flavors offer more inner-mouth perfume than texture. Rather firm today, but stylish and nicely balanced.
A solid, chunky structure is the hallmark of this big wine. The fruit is black, full of dark tannins. Perhaps it lacks subtlety, but that is replaced with great power and potential. (RV)
Mid ruby. Lots of solid development even if not an ethereal heart-stopping moment on the nose. Neat and well balanced and perhaps at its peak already. Fresh fruit and a bit of lusciousness. Certainly no hint of under-ripeness.
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