The combination of sand and gravel soils found in this area of southern Médoc are ideal to support both Cabernet Sauvignon and a high proportion of Merlot. The Margaux appellation always produces wines with a fragrant bouquet, supple texture and feminine softness.
The prestigious history of Brane-Cantenac though, is not linked to a personality or a family but to its incomparable soil, which has been carefully studied over the years by top specialists. Recognised throughout the estate’s history as one of the finest in the Médoc, Brane’s terroir long gave the estate its unofficial ranking as ‘first of the seconds’. The heart of the estate is an unbroken block of 45 hectares, which has remained unchanged for three centuries.
Henri Lurton chose to centre the First Wine of Brane-Cantenac on this original 45 hectare terroir. The expansion of the vineyard during the 19th and 20th centuries, however, was effected especially through purchasing new plots from classed growth neighbours (Margaux, Kirwan, Issan, Cantenac-Brown), which ensured that the whole of the production of Brane’s 1st and 2nd wines would be of very high quality.
Baron de Brane is a selection of the most supple wines produced at Chateau Brane Cantenac and given 12 rather than 18 months of maturation in barrique. The Cabernet Sauvignon dominant blend has evolved a beautiful intense aromatic nose of red fruits, spice and toasted oak. The palate combines richness, sweet fruit and concentration, the hallmark of the glorious 2005 vintage, and is balanced with supple integrated tannins.
A beautiful intense aromatic nose of red fruits, spice and toasted oak followedby a rich, sweet concentrated palate, the hallmark of the glorious 2005 vintage, and supple tannins.
Serve with grilled or roasted lamb, fine cuts of steak, game stews and well flavoured cheeses.