Château Bertrand Braneyre - 2010

WEATHER CONDITIONS

Despite arriving on the tail of the 2009 vintage, the 2010 vintage is a superb wine with an imposing structure and excellent acidity.

It has a good chance of surpassing the 2009 vintage in around fifteen years.

A tough start was had after a cold, wet winter, with a cold, wet June leading to a failure of the fruit to set and millerandage on the merlots.

But temperatures rose at the end of June, with the summer being especially dry. There was a 2-week heat wave at the end of July which caused the vines to stop growing. Luckily, temperatures dropped in August and September and moderate rainfall made up for the water stress.

In late September and early October, sunny days and cool nights allow the harvesting (in smaller quantities than in 2009, due to the weather conditions in June) of fruity grapes high in tannins and colour.

 

THE HARVEST STARTED ON OCTOBER 6.

A fruity, intense vintage which will reach its full potential in the next few years.

 

TASTING NOTE

Deep purple colour.

A highly aromatic nose of ripe red berries.

A powerful, fruity and intense palate balanced by woody notes from the barrels.

A powerful, persistent aftertaste.

A good wine for long aging. 



Château Bertrand Braneyre - 2009

WEATHER CONDITIONS

Conversely to the 2008 vintage which caused a great deal of worry before producing very positive results, the 2009 vintage seemed like a gift from the gods.

-  Flowering in early June, accompanied by warm, dry and sunny weather

-  Early ripening.

-  Completed ripening thanks to warm, dry weather in August and September and some small instances of rainfall in September.

-  Cool night-time temperatures, which contributed to the accumulation of pigment, helped maintain acidity and allowed flavours to develop through slow ripening.

-  Finally, a dream harvest in late September and early October in exceptionally dry weather conditions.

 

THE HARVEST STARTED ON SEPTEMBER 28

The wine produced was crisp and voluptuous with very ripe fruity notes. The colour and tannins were intense and suggested excellent aging potential, but its subtlety and elegance dominated over its intensity.

An exceptional vintage, as good as 2005.

 

TASTING NOTE

A dark garnet colour.

A vinous nose with very ripe red berry and prune notes.

An incredibly complex palate, both intense and smooth. Intense, silky tannins. Notes of liquorice and ripe red berries, complemented by the wood of the barrels.

An extraordinarily rich, intense aftertaste.

What an incredible vintage!



Château Bertrand Braneyre - 2008

WEATHER CONDITIONS

A challenging year for vintners. After a mild, dry winter, the start of the vines was delayed by the cold period that took place between mid-March and the end of April.

It hailed a few times during the rainy month of May, which put a strain on some of the vine parcels.

Flowering occurred in June during a cool, rainy period, which led to failure of the fruit to set.

A long period of good, dry weather between late June and August 10 helped develop the potential of the tannins and colouring.

Another challenging period from mid-August to September 16, cold and wet, was luckily followed in mid-September by good, dry weather thanks to the appearance of a wind from the northeast.

The nights, which remained cool, allowed for gradual, balanced ripening, favouring elegant aromatic expressions.

 

THE HARVEST STARTED ON OCTOBER 8

The wine produced was surprising, with high colour and tannin concentrations while retaining a very smooth mouthfeel.

 

TASTING NOTE

A garnet colour.

A thick caramel and cocoa nose.

A flavourful, mellow palate with orange and candied berry notes. A harmonious tannin structure.

A long, creamy aftertaste. 



Château Bertrand Braneyre - 2007

WEATHER CONDITIONS

Dismal weather conditions from May to August, with heavy rainfall, allowed the soil’s water reserves, which had been low after four dry years, to be restored. Temperatures were lower during this period than for the 2006 vintage.

Special monitoring was necessary, due to the conditions, to protect the vineyard against mildew.

However, like in the previous years, an especially sunny September provided excellent conditions to allow the grapes to ripen in very good conditions.

A careful sorting of grapes on the vine, and the desire to not rush the cabernet sauvignon harvest in order to let it ripen fully, leads to a very good harvest.

 

THE HARVEST STARTED ON OCTOBER 1ST

The wines produced were characterized by fresh red berry notes. The tannins are ripe and balanced, with no hint of austerity.

 

TASTING NOTE

Coral colour.

A very fresh nose with notes of caramel, tobacco and underbrush.

A palate characterized by aromas of acidic red berries (redcurrant, raspberry, cranberry) combined with a delicate woody flavour provided by the barrels.

A lively, acidic and fruity aftertaste with an elegant tannin structure.

A wine to be enjoyed immediately. 



Château Bertrand Braneyre - 2006

WEATHER CONDITIONS

After a great deal of rainfall in March, the temperature in the next four months was significantly higher than the season’s average. July reached heat wave levels.

Unfortunately, a cool, rainy August slowed ripening.

Early September was excellent with temperatures of 35°C, which were unfortunately followed by heavy rainfall. But late September and early October were sunny enough to allow the grapes to fully ripen.

This vintage needed to be harvested and made into wine with care and selectiveness.

 

THE HARVEST STARTED ON SEPTEMBER 27

The wine produced was more classic than that of the 2005 vintage, with balanced and intense-tasting merlots and structured cabernets with a high potential for aging.

 

TASTING NOTE

A deep purple colour.

A fresh nose with hints of red berries and underbrush.

An aromatic, fresh nose, highly structured and pleasantly supported by nutty tannins.

A consistent aftertaste with a nice tannin structure and no dryness.

A wine which could be aged for another two or three years. 



Château Bertrand Braneyre - 2005

WEATHER CONDITIONS

Ideal conditions starting in May (constant sun without excessive heat, little rain and cool nights) lead to the slow ripening for which the Médoc’s legendary vintages are known.

 

THE HARVEST STARTED ON SEPTEMBER 29

The wine produced was indeed of the excellent vintage that was foreseen. The Merlots turned out as well as the Cabernets: an intense, elegant fruit, balance, deepness, richness, full body and extreme freshness, and a nearly unlimited potential for aging.

An exceptional vintage.

 

TASTING NOTE

An intense vermilion.

A nose of ripe figs, prunes and candied berries.

A well-rounded, rich and aromatically complex palate with a smooth tannin structure.

A long, silky aftertaste.

An excellent wine!



Château Bertrand Braneyre - 2004

WEATHER CONDITIONS

A pleasant, dry June brought about rapid and consistent flowering.

The mild weather continued into July, but got a great deal worse starting on August 15 with not enough sun and too much rain. But, as for the 2002 vintage, an excellent first half of September led to a spectacular recovery.

The result is a vintage of extraordinary maturity and highly consistent quality, regardless of variety.

 

THE HARVEST STARTED ON OCTOBER 4

Once the wine was made, the result was a vintage made for aging, with silky, balanced tannins and remarkable body despite the generous yield.

 

TASTING NOTE

Cherry colour with light orange highlights

A sweet, fruity nose, complex and harmonious.

A heady palate with distinct, yet harmonious tannins. Notes of ripe, red berries (strawberries, raspberries).

Long-lasting but smooth aftertaste.

A wine that can be enjoyed immediately. 



Château Bertrand Braneyre - 2003

WEATHER CONDITIONS

The appearance of the first leaves in March and the beginning of flowering in the end of May suggested an early harvest.

Starting on April 1st, the south wind brings a drought upon the vineyard.

Starting on August 20, a disruption from the west puts an end to the heat spell and restores the ripening process, which had been put on hold by the drought, especially for the merlot variety.

 

THE HARVEST STARTED ON SEPTEMBER 29

An early harvest, started on September 29, brought in exceptionally ripe grapes, with great success for the Cabernet Sauvignon variety.

 

TASTING NOTE

Purple in colour, with bright highlights.

A light, fruity ripe berry (cherry) nose.

A pleasant mouth feel, lively and fruity, heightened by a slight nuttiness.

A fresh, long-lasting aftertaste, rich in tannins. 



Château Bertrand Braneyre - 2002

WEATHER CONDITIONS

Early May marked the start of a long period of cold and bad weather, which slowed flowering and raised fears of insufficient fertilization. Indeed, failure of the fruit to set was observed on all varieties in June.

After a sunny period in July, August was very cold and wet. The grapes matured slowly and we began to worry. But a miracle happened in September, with the arrival of an Indian summer that lasted until mid-October.

In the end, we produced a Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant wine for the 2002 vintage which was powerful and balanced with an excellent tannin structure, suggesting that it would age well.

 

THE HARVEST STARTED ON OCTOBER 10

 

TASTING NOTE

Vermilion in colour, deeper than that of the 2001 vintage.

Very aromatic red berry nose combined with aromas of wet underbrush.

Fine and delicate palate, fresh and fruity. Nice tannin structure heightened by a slight nuttiness.

Fruity aftertaste without dryness. 



Château Bertrand Braneyre - 2001

WEATHER CONDITIONS

A mild and humid winter followed by a very rainy July delayed the vine’s growth cycle.

A sunny September allowed the grapes to mostly catch up on ripening.

 

THE HARVEST STARTED ON OCTOBER 4

The late harvest began on October 4 and required a great deal of care in collecting the cabernet sauvignon, whose ripening had been more delayed than that of the merlot.

In the end, careful sorting allowed the 2001 vintage to be a success.

 

TASTING NOTE

Carmine colour with orange highlights.

The nose reveals autumnal notes of underbrush, hummus and moss with light nutty tones.

On the palate: a smooth start combining autumnal flavours and red berries (raspberry, blackberry). Fine and delicate nutty notes.

A flavourful, delicate aftertaste.

This is a good time to drink it with duck magret or rib steak.



Château Bertrand Braneyre - 2000

WEATHER CONDITIONS

The vines started budding early and began to flower in the first few days of June.

The warm weather in August and September allowed the grapes to mature splendidly.

 

THE HARVEST STARTED ON OCTOBER 2

From the very start of the harvest, the wine produced, richly coloured, powerful and robust, made it clear that 2000 would be an excellent vintage.

 

TASTING NOTE

A lovely carmine colour with orange highlights.

The nose reveals notes of prune, candied cherries and underbrush.

On the palate: notes of very ripe red fruits. A lightly acidic taste which combines well with its slight nutty, buttery and toasted notes.

Full-bodied and flavourful without aggressive tannins. Elegant and persistent aftertaste.