Chateau Brane Cantenac, Margaux Grand Cru Classe, 2005
95 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
A sexy, style of wine from the Lurtons at Brane-Cantenac, this wine (a blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc) has a stunning nose of forest floor, licorice, blackcurrants, plums and spring flowers. Soft tannin, full-bodied opulence and beautifully textured, lush richness, make for a brilliant wine from this large, 180-acre vineyard. In spite of the wine’s stunning forward fragrance and lushness, the color still looks as if it is 3-4 years old, rather than a decade. This is a big-time winner in 2005 and should drink well for at least another 25+ years. (RP) (6/2015)
Chateau Poujeaux, Cru Bourgeois, Moulis, 2009
2009 Poujeaux shows the estate made a big jump in quality since it was purchased by the owners of Chateau Clos Fourtet in St. Emilion. Stephane Derenoncourt is lending his skills to the winery as well. The 2009 is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Ripe blackberries, cassis, olives, spice and pepper make up the perfume. This thick, rich, full bodied, powerful wine should drink well young.
Château Tour Haut Vignoble, St Estephe, 2014/15
The purple colour with garnet reflections evolves on a nose of a beautiful intensity marked by the presence of black fruit as well as toasted notes. The palate presents a fresh and minty attack. The palate confirms the nose with the presence of blackcurrant and strawberry enhanced by sweet spices. We have here a very beautiful bottle of St Estèphe.
The Château Tour Haut Vignoble is located north of the commune of Saint-Estèphe. The vineyard is planted on gentle slopes composed of gravel and clay, which allows good drainage of the plots. The wines from this estate are recognised for their power and balance. Aging in one-year oak barrels gives the wine beautiful toasted notes.