The $10,000 Cellar, Part Three

Topping off the cellar with Cabernet-based wines


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If a rough and tough, masculine Pauiliac is not your thing, an elegant and refined Margaux might be a better match for your palate. Problem is, there really aren’t that many elegant Margaux left. In fact, very few are. The second growth Brane-Cantenac, while moving with the pack, tends to express its Margaux roots quite well.

A wine made of barely more than half Cabernet Sauvignon (the rest primarily being Merlot with a dollop of Cabernet Franc) will tend to be rather opulent and rich as Brane-Cantenac generally is. This is what Margaux tends to be about, along with supple tannins and elegant red fruit. Give these a few years in the cellar and you’ll be able to experience classic modern Margaux.

Brane-Cantenac $75

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    Apr 18, 2012 at 4:23 PM

  • Snooth User: wine o200
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    Just trying a Tardieu Laurent 1997 Bandol at the moment, yes rustic, but those tannins are fine and dusty now. Should go with the lamb strips, capsicum , tomato, caramellised onion and bonconcini, or perhaps one of your right bank Bordeaux might fit the bill.

    Apr 20, 2012 at 9:09 AM

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