Château Branon Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend 2005

$149

A small garagiste operation producing between 500-600 cases, Branon is owned by Helene Garcin. The vineyard, which is planted with equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, is beautifully situated near Haut-Bailly and Malartic-Lagraviere. The gorgeous 2005 exhibits a classic Graves nose of graphite, charcoal, chocolate, scorched earth, blackberries, cassis, and hints of creosote and earth. The wine is opulent and full-bodied with a sensational texture as well as sweet tannin. This compelling Pessac-Leognan is more forward than the tannic Medoc cuvees. It will offer good drinking in 5-10 years, and should last for 2-3 decades. Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

William Feinstein

This is a big, brooding wine. Bell pepper, graphite and leather dominate the palate. Highly tannic but stays on the acceptable side. Merlot really comes through.

This is a big, brooding wine. Bell pepper, graphite and leather dominate the palate. Highly tannic but stays on the acceptable side. Merlot really comes through.

9.2

Thijs Hendriks

96+

96+

9.6

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