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Date Printed: 10/19/2014
Chateau Brane-Cantenac  2003
Chateau Brane-Cantenac 2003
(search item no. 92778)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/19/2014: $59.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"This is another Margaux estate that has become re-energized and is now producing wines consistent with its 150-year-old classification. The dark plum/ruby-colored 2003's stunning aromatics include flamboyant notes of plums, cedar, burning embers, and dried herbs. Full-bodied, elegant, layered, and rich, yet filled with finesse and delicacy, it is surprisingly soft, round, and gentle. While appealing at present, it will evolve for 15-18 years."
Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
91 Points

"Aromas of blackberry, cherry and light toasted oak. Full-bodied, with soft tannins and a medium finish. Pretty wine. Balanced and refined. Best after 2011."
Wine Spectator
90 Points

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About Chateau Brane-Cantenac:

Established in the 18th century, at which time it was known as "Gorce", this large estate is located on the best gravelly outcrops of Cantenac. A century before the 1855 classification, it was considered one of the best second growths in the M├ędoc. In 1833, Baron de Brane (called "Napoleon of the Vines") sold his estate in Pauillac, Brane-Mouton, and bought Gorce, which he renamed "Brane-Cantenac", ten years later.

Lucien Lurton's grandfather acquired the estate in 1925, and was succeeded by his grandson in 1956. Lucien Lurton's son, Henri, currently manages the estate and puts all his efforts into producing a great Margaux in each and every vintage, reflecting Brane-Cantenac's superb vineyard soil.