Address: Château Brane-Cantenac 33460 Cantenac France
Telephone: +33 (0)5 57 88 83 33
Visits: By appointment only
Details: Margaux, 2ème cru classé, 75ha, gravel, gravel-clay & sandy-gravel/pebbles
Vineyards: Cabernet Sauvignon 55%, Merlot Noir 40%, Cabernet Franc 4.5%, Carmenère 0.5%
The Gorce family was already producing good quality wine from these deep gravelly soils in the late 1700s. Such was their wine’s reputation that in 1833 Baron Hector de Brane sold his Château Brane-Mouton – it became Mouton-Rothschild! – to buy out the Gorces. For half a century the vineyard, now Brane-Cantenac, was improved and expanded and the small 17th century château rebuilt more grandly. Then came phylloxera and oidium, and in 1919 the estate was acquired by the consortium that salvaged Châteaux Margaux, d’Issan and Durfort Vivens. Normality resumed in 1925 with the estate’s sale to the great winemaking family of Lurton. Now, Henri Lurton is rebuilding the quality – and has, unusually, redesigned the brand label.