93 Point Wine Advocate: A sensational effort from this garagiste estate in Pessac-Leognan, Branon’s 2006 is a blend of equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Its dense purple color is followed by soaring aromas of scorched earth, burning embers, creme de cassis, incense, and charcoal. Full-bodied with superb concentration, a multidimensional mouthfeel, moderate tannins, and a long finish, it should be at its finest between 2013-2025.
CHATEAU BRANON is an old property whose high reputation dates back to the 18th century. It is located in Léognan on the slope of a gravelly hill between Haut-Bailly and Malartic Lagravière. Its vineyards are particularly well exposed towards the south and south-west. The whole estate was in a very poor condition and partly abandoned when Sylvaine Garcin-Cathiard acquired it in 1996. Today it comprises of 6.5 hectares.
It is mainly the diversity of its soil that gives the wine its character. The exceptional soil consists of clay and gravel washed up from the Pyrenees caused by the meanderings of the Garonne over time.
In former years the wine had indisputable fame as the old ruins of the Château and the chai testify. One of the Gironde’s oldest stone wine presses can be found here. An ancient book - “Les richesses gastronomiques de la France, les vins des Bordeaux”, written by Charles Lorbac, says that the merchants Schröder and Schyler bought the 1865 vintage at a price of 1800 F (Germinal) per “tonneau”. The official documents of the classification of 1855 indicate that BRANON, at that price, was classified as a 4eme cru.
Recently Château Branon has made an incredible comeback and now produces 5000 bottles of wine composed of 50% Merlot and 50 % Cabernet Sauvignon.