2009 Chateau Brane-Cantenac
By Chateau Brane-Cantenac
2009 Chateau Brane-Cantenac from Chateau Brane-Cantenac, Margaux, Bordeaux
The venerable 2009 vintage of Chateau Brane-Cantenac from its eponymous producer represents a pinnacle in the storied history of the Margaux appellation. Harvested in a year that bestowed upon Bordeaux growers an almost mythical status, this wine resonates with the mastery and alchemy that only nature paired with human expertise can achieve.
A Harmony Between Climate and Craftsmanship
The 2009 vintage was marked by optimal climatic conditions; an arid summer embraced by a serene autumn. This allowed the grapes to reach a balance seldom encountered, leading to wines of both intensity and structure, poised with remarkable ageing potential. The 2009 Chateau Brane-Cantenac is imbued with these same virtues, capturing the essence of its exceptional terroir.
Embarking on a Sensory Odyssey
Upon decanting, the wine exudes inviting aromas of ripe blackcurrant and violets, intertwined with subtle hints of tobacco and cedarwood – a testament to its pedigree. On the palate, it is an orchestrated symphony where opulent dark fruit harmonises with silken tannins and a hint of graphite minerality, culminating in an enduring, elegantly structured finish. Immaculate integration of oak adds layers of complexity without overwhelming the fruit purity that Margaux wines are celebrated for.
Intended for discerning oenophiles and collectors alike, the 2009 Chateau Brane-Cantenac presents an investment opulence. As one uncorks this bottle, it is not merely a wine that is unveiled but a tapestry of history woven from one extraordinary year in Bordeaux. As it approaches its optimal drinking window, it maintains both the vigour for further cellaring and the grace to enthral today's connoisseur.
In summation, when evaluating the investment prospects of fine wines such as the 2009 Chateau Brane-Cantenac, one must acknowledge not just the wine itself but also the narrative it encapsulates: a magnificent vintage year at an estate quintessential to Margaux’s aristocracy.
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Scores and tasting notes
Medium to deep garnet colored, the 2009 Brane-Cantenac displays notes of warm red and black plums, Morello cherries and mulberries with hints of spice cake and earth. Medium-bodied, elegant, soft and fleshy, it delivers a lively line of freshness and an earthy finish.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 14 March 2019