2012 Château Brane-Cantenac "Baron de Brane", Margaux, Bordeaux, France

A deep ruby color with violet tints, showing remarkable intensity. A highly aromatic nose with black fruit aromas (blackberries and cassis) and delicate floral notes. Vanilla and spices are present on the second nose. The attack is full and round, and the mid-palate very generous, with sweet tannins. This is a well-balanced and full-flavored wine.



Château Brane-Cantenac is rightly seen as one of the pinnacles of Margaux. Baron is the property’s Second wine, made with the same strict attention as its sibling, but given a shorter, 12-month barrel aging to achieve an aromatic, densely flavored style, with elegant tannins.

This vintage is perfectly à point. Mid ruby color, the Cabernet Sauvignon (60% of the blend) is apparent in the violet, blackberry, and cassis aromas, which intermingle beautifully with savory spice. The palate is velvety and freshly balanced; the finish being immensely satisfying for immediate drinking.


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 Médoc. 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.


Grape(s) Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Farming Organic