Brane Cantenac has been consistent in over-delivering in recent years, steadily closing the gap with illustrious names like Palmer. The Baron de Brane may not have the depth of the it's bigger brother, but it's extremely suave and charming.
The 2010 vintage has a very detailed nose with pure blackberry, crushed stone and subtle tobacco aromas that gain intensity with aeration. The palate is very balanced, chewy, smooth and round. The dense and silky mid-palate develops red fruit and spicy and minty flavours. Lots of delicacy and freshness going toward an attractive finish.
A deep ruby in the glass, this has an expressive nose of ripe plums, bramble fruits and a hint of savoury spices. The palate is juicy on entry, chock full of summer fruits that are supported by ripe but crunchy tannins. Through the mid palate come notes of graphite, rosemary and nutmeg which add a layer of complexity. Smooth tannins and fresh acidity keeps the wine in perfect balance and adds freshness, but the silkiness means that this wine is already perfect to drink. We still suggest some decanting time.
93/100 Farr Vintners