2012 Branon Bordeaux Blend

  • Bordeaux Blend
  • 750ML
  • WA 94
  • NM 92
  • WS 92
  • AG 92
  • JS 90

Reviews for 2012 Branon Bordeaux Blend

WA 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2015
A luxury cuvée from this tiny, 15-acre vineyard in the heart of Léognan owned by the Garcin family, the final blend on the 2012 Garcin is 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc and the rest Merlot. A big... A luxury cuvée from this tiny, 15-acre vineyard in the heart of Léognan owned by the Garcin family, the final blend on the 2012 Garcin is 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc and the rest Merlot. A big, full-throttle, full-bodied, impressive Pessac-Leognan, with notes of charcoal fires, burning embers, blueberry and blackberry fruit, this full-bodied, rich, supple wine is very impressive, beautifully textured and quite pure and long. This is a star of the vintage and certainly one of the best Pessac-Léognans. Drink it over the next 10-15 years. - Robert Parker
NM 92
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, May 2013
(NM90-92 points) Tasted from a barrel sample at en primeur. The Branon is a blend of 50% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon (plus four rows of Malbec.) It has a sophisticated bouquet with clean, ripe... (NM90-92 points) Tasted from a barrel sample at en primeur. The Branon is a blend of 50% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon (plus four rows of Malbec.) It has a sophisticated bouquet with clean, ripe cedar and tobacco scented black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with a salty-tang on the entry. I like the tension here and the poise – a classically styled Branon that does not have the weight of a top vintage, but it is certainly well crafted.
WS 92
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, March 2015
This is nicely packed and has good energy, with lots of blackberry, boysenberry and black currant paste flavors, carried by briary yet integrated grip. Finishes vividly, showing mouthwatering anise and fruitcake notes... This is nicely packed and has good energy, with lots of blackberry, boysenberry and black currant paste flavors, carried by briary yet integrated grip. Finishes vividly, showing mouthwatering anise and fruitcake notes. Best from 2017 through 2025. 500 cases made.
AG 92
Antonio Galloni - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, January 2016
A dark, racy wine, the 2012 Branon is tightly wound and full of energy, with terrific balance of forward fruit and acidity. Black cherry, plum, mocha and spices meld together effortlessly. This deep, resonant... A dark, racy wine, the 2012 Branon is tightly wound and full of energy, with terrific balance of forward fruit and acidity. Black cherry, plum, mocha and spices meld together effortlessly. This deep, resonant Pessac-Léognan could use another year or so to fully come together, but it is promising. Branon emerges from a two hectare parcel that now technically lies within Haut-Bergey, the Garcin family's other Léognan estate. The blend is 50% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Cabernet Franc done in 100% new French oak barrels.
JS 90
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, February 2015
A red with chocolate and berry character plus hints of walnuts. Medium body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. Drink or hold.