Baron de Brane
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The name of our second wine honours Baron Jacques-Maxime de Brane, who owned the estate in the 19th century. Blended from vats carefully selected for their suppleness, it is aged just like the First Wine, but for a 12-month period.
We got off to a slow start, with a cool, damp spring. Thunderstorms and hail in May were challenging, and led to serious mildew threats. These were dealt with quickly and carefully, using sustainable treatment techniques. Flowering began rather late, in June, and coulure became an issue. The grape colour change occurred in early August and took some time. Early September was equally difficult, with irregular conditions slowing ripening. However, the weather changed drastically from September 15 and remained fair until the end of the harvest. Very thorough sorting ensured we completely eliminated vegetation debris and unripe grapes. The wines show great potential, firmness and finesse.
Garnet-coloured, showing signs of a good evolution in bottle. Strong leather, white tobacco and cassis on the nose. In the mouth this wine has classic Medoc characteristics: tight tannins and excellent length. A vintage to hold on to
Harvest dates: 29th September - 17th October Yield: 45 hl/ha % First Wine produced: 34 Barrel ageing: 12 months in 30% new French oak Ageing potential: 10-15 years. At its best from 2015 onwards.