Brane-Cantenac 2020 En Primeur: “absolutely fantastic”

  • “Superior to the previous two vintages,” according to Neal Martin.
  • The wine has been released internationally at £600 (12×75).
  • The 2016 has the same Benchmark Critic score and is available at a similar price.

The 2020 Château Brane-Cantenac has been released for €48 per bottle ex-négociant, up 21.2% on the 2019 release.

The international trade is offering the wine for £600 per 12×75, 20.5% more than the current Market Price of the 2019. Volumes are reportedly down 50%.

The 2020 also boasts a higher score from Neal Martin, who deemed it “superior” to the previous two vintages. Only the 2020 and the 2016 received 96 points from the critic and are available at a similar price level. See more Fair Value analysis below.

Critical opinion

Neal Martin (Vinous) gave the 2020 Brane-Cantenac a barrel range of 95-97 points. He called it “harmonious and poised”; “an absolutely fantastic Brane-Cantenac” and “a must-buy”.

Antonio Galloni awarded a range of 94-96, saying that he “especially admired the sense of classicism and energy here”. “A superb showing from Brane-Cantenac and the team led by Henri Lurton,” he added.

Jane Anson (Decanter) revealed it was “a low-yield wine that has kept an impressively fresh core” and gave it 94 points.

The wine also received 96-97 points from James Suckling and 94-96 from Jeb Dunnuck. Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW (The Wine Advocate) gave it 91-93.

Fair Value

Today’s release is available for 4.3% more than the current Market Price of the 2016, which presents an attractive alternative.

Buyers might also wish to look back to last year’s release (NM 95), which costs £100 less.

 

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