96 POINTS: JAMES SUCKLING - So much ripe and sweet tobacco on the nose with currant and blackberry character. Full body, intense tannins with density and beauty. It’s a wine with great structure and panache for this estate.
96 POINTS: VINOUS - The 2016 Brane-Cantenac has been on a roll of late, under the watchful eye of Henri Lurton. This latest bottled vintage is superb. The divine, pure blackberry and bilberry bouquet develops touches of graphite in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, silky-smooth texture and a superb bead of acidity. This is not a powerful Brane-Cantenac, and it is perhaps less austere than I suspected en primeur, but it should drink beautifully over the next three decades. If you have a penchant for traditional claret, it really doesn’t come better than this. (NM) (1/2019)
95 POINTS: WINE ENTHUSIAST: This firm, structured wine is solid with tannins and with the weight associated with the vin-tage. The fruitiness is as important, an explosion of rich berry flavors that will give pleasure as the wine matures.