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Date Printed: 12/26/2014
Chateau Branon  2010
Chateau Branon 2010
(search item no. 121295)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 12/26/2014: $149.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points

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About Chateau Branon:

CHATEAU BRANON is an old property whose high reputation dates back to the 18th century. It is located in Léognan on the slope of a gravelly hill between Haut-Bailly and Malartic Lagravière. Its vineyards are particularly well exposed towards the south and south-west. The whole estate was in a very poor condition and partly abandoned when Sylvaine Garcin-Cathiard acquired it in 1996.

It is mainly the diversity of its soil that gives the wine its character. The exceptional soil consists of clay and gravel washed up from the Pyrenees caused by the meanderings of the Garonne over time.

In former years the wine had indisputable fame as the old ruins of the Château and the chai testify. One of the Gironde’s oldest stone wine presses can be found here. An ancient book - "Les richesses gastronomiques de la France, les vins des Bordeaux", written by Charles Lorbac, says that the merchants Schröder and Schyler bought the 1865 vintage at a price of 1800 F (Germinal) per "tonneau". The official documents of the classification of 1855 indicate that BRANON, at that price, was classified as a 4eme cru.

Recently Château Branon has made an incredible comeback and now produces 5000 bottles of wine composed of 50% Merlot and 50 % Cabernet Sauvignon.