Château Bertrand Braneyre - 2019
Château Bertrand Braneyre - 2019

WEATHER CONDITIONS 

Very dry winter, milder than usual except for January causing a sudden early bud burst. Unsteady month of April with abundant showers.

May and June turned out to be rather cold and rainy thus threatening the flowering season.

An exceptionally warm summer with highly uneven showers that limited the damage caused by early droughts but could possibly delay the start of berry ripening. A dry, warm, sunny month of September made up most of the late ripening of the grapes.

 

TASTING NOTES

Not available yet (ageing in oak barrels)

 



Château Bertrand Braneyre - 2018
Château Bertrand Braneyre - 2018

WEATHER CONDITIONS

A rainy, rather chilly winter leading to a late bud burst. April was unstable with a wet start, then an abnormal heat and a rather cold end of the Month.

May and June were particularly wet with local hail storms and an outbreak of mildew.

An exceptionally dry summer from mid July on reduced the mildew damage threat and allowed the grapes to ripen.

An early vintage, as well as a super late season gave the berries what was needed to attain optimal maturity. 

 

TASTING NOTES

October 2020

Not available yet (ageing in oak barrels).

 



Château Bertrand Braneyre - 2017
Château Bertrand Braneyre - 2017

WEATHER CONDITIONS

A cold and dry winter in January, then mild and rainy in February and March causing an early bud burst. The month of April saw an exceptional, historical frost.

Thanks to the return of Spring in May, plants were able to flower normally.

Summer was exceptionally dry which luckily did not lead to water stress in the vineyard.

The end of the season was nicely sunny and dry allowing us to pick ripe Cabernet Sauvignon grapes in good weather conditions.

2017 is a delicate vintage marked by considerable heterogeneity.

 

TASTING NOTES

October 2020

Soon available (oak barrel ageing coming to an end).



Château Bertrand Braneyre - 2016
Château Bertrand Braneyre - 2016

WEATHER CONDITIONS

A mild and extremely rainy winter followed by a wet spring, which led to a delay of vine shoot and leaf growth.

Thankfully the dry weather that followed, allowed buds to flower well.

An exceptional dry and warm summer led to temporary water scarcity.

Rainfall beginning of September was a saving grace for berry ripening. From mid-September through to October sunny and dry weather conditions allowed for the grapes to come to full maturity and be harvested without any upheaval.

Perfect conditions to pick excellent quality grapes.

 

TASTING NOTES

October 2020

Intense, profound ruby red in colour with hints of purple.

Very fresh and fruity on the nose, beautiful aromas of ripe fruit with mineral touches.

Well-balanced in the mouth; rather soft attack with beautiful fresh red fruit. Abundant sensation

of unctuosity with great persistence.

Firm texture, a wonderful vintage!



Château Bertrand Braneyre - 2015
Château Bertrand Braneyre - 2015

WEATHER CONDITIONS

A pretty normal winter with rain in the first months, followed by colder weather from mid-January to mid-February. Then came a gorgeous dry and warm spring which allowed the buds to flower almost to perfection.

Ideal climatic conditions to satisfy the first 2 conditions of a good vintage: early, fast and even flowering and fruit setting.

A dry and warm start of the summer between fruit setting and early ripening followed by a saviour month of August to intensify the ripening stage of the berries. The 3rd condition for a successful red wine vintage is for berries to stop growing the moment ripening kicks in.

September and October: fresh, sunny and rainless months leading to an untroubled harvest with beautiful and fully ripened grapes.

All elements gathered at the right time in the right conditions for a top vintage.

 

TASTING NOTES

October 2020

Ruby red colour.

Complex aromas of red fruit on the nose with mineral notes.

On the palate overall smoothness with fine tannins.

Elegant and fine lingering flavours.



Château Bertrand Braneyre - 2014
Château Bertrand Braneyre - 2014

WEATHER CONDITIONS 

After a rainy and mild winter followed an early budburst. Spring was characterized by unstable weather leading to an irregular and uneven vine growth.

Weather improvements in June allowed for the projected yield to be reached. A total lack of warm, dry weather conditions in July and August put a stop to the vines to develop before the start of grape growth.

September and October were a saving grace and assured a full grape ripening.

Relatively late but successful harvest which happened in the best possible climate conditions for all grape varieties.

 

TASTING NOTE

October 2020

Intense garnet colour.

Great bouquet on the nose with aromas of candied cherries, some notes of undergrowth.

On the palate great structure and wonderful balance.

Beautiful long finish.   

 

 



Château Bertrand Braneyre - 2012
Château Bertrand Braneyre - 2012

WEATHER CONDITIONS

A late vintage, product of a very wet spring, another exceptional dry summer and a moody autumn. Harvesting had to be done quickly. All in all, 2012 is the very antithesis of 2011.

A wintery spring led to a late growth of the vines and the start of unequal grape ripening.

Summer only kicked in mid-August, however conditions were dry enough to allow for the grapes to fully mature and stop the vines to overgrow. 

 

TASTING NOTES

October 2020

Vivid garnet colour.

On the nose plenty of red fruit with some empyreumatic (toasty) notes.

On the palate delicate and elegant hints with well blended-in tannins.

Slightly long finish with persistent and powerful aromas.

 

 

 



Château Bertrand Braneyre - 2011
Château Bertrand Braneyre - 2011

WEATHER CONDITIONS 

The 2011 vintage was a tricky one: seasons moved all over the place.

A vintage without spring where vines went from the winter cold straight into warm summer weather. Budbursts end of March were followed by an exceptionally early flowering period mid May. Then came an early ‘veraison’ (grape ripening) in July without enough water supply.

Red grapes ripened slowly and irregularly. August seemed like autumn. September felt like a hot, dry summer which allowed the cabernet-sauvignon grapes to ripen fully.

Harvesting started earlier than normal but was spread over time with a risk of grey mould kicking in.

 

TASTING NOTES

October 2020

Deep red, garnet colouring.

Very fine and fresh bouquet with fruity hints of dark cherry aromas.

Elegant and pleasant flavours on the palate with fine tannins, good acidity and a delicate, fresh finish.

 

 



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.

Beginning of the harvest on October 6: a fruity, intense vintage which will reach its full potential in the next few years.

 

TASTING NOTES

Colour: deep purple

Nose: a highly aromatic nose of ripe red berries

Mouth: 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.



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 - 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 - 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.

Start of the harvest 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 NOTES

Colour: a lovely carmine colour with orange highlights

Nose: 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 persistant aftertaste.