Barrel sample. A firm, but generous wine with well balanced fruit and tannins. It has a solid core, surrounded by ripe, sweet fruit, freshened by acidity. (RV)
I can't say enough about how beautifully classic, racy, and gracious the wines of Brane Cantenac have become over the last decade. The stunningly elegant 2006 exhibits a sweet, subtle smoke note intermixed with creme de cassis in its medium-bodied style with superb nobility, concentration, and sweet tannin. Possessing a complex, luscious personality with strikingly beautiful, velvety tannins, it should be at its finest between 2012-2025+. (RP)
The 2006 Brane-Cantenac is a vintage that has been rather variable in recent vintages. This was definitely one of the better examples, offering blackberry, mint, sandalwood and cedar on the nose and conveying more energy than I anticipated. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, featuring intense blackberry laced with soy, cedar and tobacco. The classic, slightly austere but well-defined finish lingers in the mouth. Excellent! Tasted at the Brane-Cantenac vertical at the château. (NM)
Fresh and clean with pretty berry and currant character. It’s full-to-medium-bodied, with firm tannins and a clean, caressing finish. Drink now.
Deep red. Expressive nose offers black fruits, espresso and musky dark chocolate lifted by an exotic floral component. Juicy, sweet and pliant, with a generosity of texture in the context of the vintage. Has the mid-palate flavor intensity to buffer its tannins and finishes with noteworthy persistence.
Displays plum jam and currant bush on the nose. Full-bodied, with sweet, ripe fruit, soft, round tannins and a long finish. Slightly loose knit at the moment, but will come together with bottle age. Builds on your palate. Needs time. Best after 2013. (JS)
High-toned and silky. Well done! Not a long-term wine but lots of silky fun. 16.5/20 points. (JR)
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