Branon 2011


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Tasting Notes

A spectacular jewel from the Garcin family, this small vineyard near Haut-Bergey consists of 15 acres planted with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. A dense purple color is accompanied by notes of blackberries, cassis, graphite and charcoal embers that cut a broad, medium to full-bodied swath across the palate. It is another 2011 that proves the surprisingly high quality of the wines from Pessac-Leognan and Graves in this vintage as well as the qualitative commitments of the Garcin family. Drink it over the next 10-15 years.

Score: 94 Robert Parker, Maturity: 2014-2029 Date: 01 April 2014

Unfortunately, there are only 500-600 cases of Branon produced from a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grown in a vineyard situated near Malartic-Lagraviere and Haut-Bailly. Much better than its stablemate Haut-Bergey, the 2011 Branon exhibits notes of camphor, barbecue smoke, black currants and blueberries. This intensely rich effort tastes of old vines, ink and graphite. This medium to full-bodied, rich Pessac-Leognan should drink well for 15 or more years.

Score: 91 - 93 Robert Parker, Maturity: 2012-2027 Date: 30 April 2012

Lifted cassis fruit, good clarity and depth but a shows a little greenness.

Score: 15 - 16 Decanter, Maturity: 2015-2020 Date: 16 April 2012

This has a nice sappy core, showing lots of linzer torte and kirsch notes, with fresh, mouthwatering toasted spice hints chiming in on the finish. Offers solid flesh and drive. An excellent effort.

Score: 91 - 94 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator Date: 11 April 2012