2000 Chateau Brane-Cantenac
By Chateau Brane-Cantenac
2000 Chateau Brane-Cantenac from Chateau Brane-Cantenac, Margaux, Bordeaux
The millennium vintage of 2000 marked an extraordinary chapter in the viticultural annals of Bordeaux, with many châteaux delivering wines of profound complexity and distinction. Among these, the 2000 Chateau Brane-Cantenac from Chateau Brane-Cantenac reveals an exquisite alignment of climatic serendipity and deft winemaking.
Sublime Sophistication: A Testament to Terroir
A quintessential expression of Margaux finesse, the 2000 Chateau Brane-Cantenac encapsulates the beguiling combination of power and elegance innate to this revered appellation. This vintage offers an amalgamation of ripe blackberry and cassis notes, woven with subtle hints of violets and tobacco, a narrative that speaks volumes about its sublime terroir.
Harvesting Excellence: Optimal Conditions
The turn of the century harvest bestowed an optimal blend of sunshine and temperate weather, resulting in grapes that achieved impeccable balance. The 2000 vintage allowed each parcel within the Brane-Cantenac estate to express its individual character fully, culminating in a blend that articulates both the richness of the season and the layered nuance expected of a top Margaux.
Investment-wise, the 2000 Chateau Brane-Cantenac emerges as an alluring proposition. As it gracefully forges onward through its maturity, its notable longevity and accolades make it a compelling concentration in any diversified wine portfolio.
Vintage Vibrancy and Enduring Elegance
Two decades on, the wine radiates with a deep garnet hue and offers a structured palate that seamlessly merges tannic backbone with a velvety texture—a rare equilibrium typifying this extraordinary vintage. The finish is long, resonant with spice-infused dark fruit that persists with admirable persistence.
Veterans of Bordeaux will affirm that the 2000 Chateau Brane-Cantenac exemplifies one of the zeniths for investment-grade wines from this storied region. It remains one of the pinnacles for collectors, enthusiasts, and connoisseurs alike—yielding delight in every glass while promising potential for further appreciation in value.
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Scores and tasting notes
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. Tasted April 2015.
Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 30 December 2016