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2020 Chateau Brane-Cantenac

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2020 Chateau Brane-Cantenac from Chateau Brane-Cantenac, Margaux, Bordeaux

The 2020 Chateau Brane-Cantenac from Chateau Brane-Cantenac, a gem in the prestigious Margaux appellation of Bordeaux, showcases the splendid intricacies this vintage has to offer. Having observed the course of Bordeaux vintages for decades, the 2020 iteration possesses distinct attributes that are compelling for any shrewd wine investor.


A Vintage of Resilience and Grace

Despite challenges posed by nature in 2020, with tempests threatening the vines and a global pandemic overshadowing the season, the exquisite terroir of Margaux demonstrated unwavering resilience. The result is a wine that articulates a dramatic narrative; one of adaptation and meticulous nurturing by the venerable team at Chateau Brane-Cantenac.


The Distinct Profile of 2020

Upon aeration, the wine divulges an aristocratic bouquet - amorous wafts of violet mingling with ripe blackcurrants and subtle scents of cedar wood. The palate is greeted with an ensemble of silky tannins and vibrant acidity harmoniously interwoven within the dense, rich texture. This structure imparts an apparent longevity which earnest investors seek out as promises of future grandeur. A sommelier's lexicon is barely sufficient to articulate the grace bestowed upon this wine by its unique growing season – it truly transcends ordinary description.

The 2020 vintage shines particularly due to its early approachability coupled with potential for profound evolution in the bottle. Truly, this wine is expected to flourish marvelously, gaining complexity and finesse as years cascade like liquid time.


In Summary

Embarking upon the investment journey with the 2020 Chateau Brane-Cantenac from Chateau Brane-Cantenac aligns you not only with exceptional quality but an emblematic story of a vintage year. Esteemed collectors and connoisseurs will undoubtedly discern the impeccable balance and imminent promise hidden within its youthful vivacity. One can look forward to witnessing the evolution of this vibrant composition as it unfurls its narrative in each glass over the coming years.

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The 2020 Brane-Cantenac is composed of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Carménère and 1% Petit Verdot. It weighs in with 13.7% alcohol and a pH of 3.71. Deep purple-black colored, it has a beautifully expressive nose of fresh redcurrants, blackcurrant jelly, kirsch and rose oil, plus hints of tobacco leaf, wild sage and crushed rocks. The medium-bodied palate is elegantly styled with a plush texture and plenty of freshness supporting the red berry and earthy flavors, finishing fragrant.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 20 May 2021

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