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2001 Chateau Brane-Cantenac

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2001 Chateau Brane-Cantenac from Chateau Brane-Cantenac, Margaux, Bordeaux

The millennial year of 2001 bestowed upon the Margaux appellation a bounty of finesse and elegance in its wines. The season was marked by climatic generosity, allowing for an expression of terroir that was both pure and articulate. Among the treasures to emerge from this vintage stands the 2001 Chateau Brane-Cantenac from Chateau Brane-Cantenac, a testament to the harmony of nature and human artistry.


An Oenophile's Treasure: The 2001 Vintage Qualities

The 2001 vintage in Margaux was not without its challenges; a wet spring advanced to a moderate summer, concluding with an ideal ripening period that bestowed balance and depth to the fruit. It is within this tapestry that the 2001 Chateau Brane-Cantenac unveils its intricate weave of ripe blackberry, cassis, and delicate florals, underpinned by a gracious tannic structure. On the palate, it courts complexity with hints of cigar box and forest floor, a silhouette of classic Margaux refinement.


A Refined Investment

Discerning collectors understand the enduring value of such a vintage. As a wine investment, the 2001 Chateau Brane-Cantenac represents an exemplary choice. Poised perfectly at its drinking window's entry, it offers both immediate gratification and the potential for further graceful aging. Its investment credentials are enhanced by its provenance from Chateau Brane-Cantenac, a name synonymous with consistency and quality in Bordeaux.

The essence of fine viticulture and expert vinification converge seamlessly in this vintage. For those seeking to enhance their portfolio with a slice of Margaux's history or simply wish to indulge in exceptional taste experiences, the 2001 Chateau Brane-Cantenac is an opportunity not to be overlooked. It encapsulates the subtlety and poise that one expects from Margaux, preserved impeccably in this particular expression.

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Tasted at the Brane-Cantenac vertical at the château, the 2001 Brane-Cantenac is a blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. It has impressive lift on the nose: blackberry, raspberry and minerals, a bouquet that is captivating. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, a core of black fruit, spice and licorice with a lovely peacock's tail on the finish. This is a Margaux with a skip in its step, more light-hearted and carefree than the 2000. I have always adored this wine and it is showing extremely well with 14 years on the clock. This is quite simply superb. Tasted April 2015.

Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 30 December 2016

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