Château Brane-Cantenac: The Lurton Era

Sadly Baron Hector died in 1835, just a couple of years after acquiring the estate. Back in 1794 he had married Laure de Fumel (1775 – 1813), best known for her tenure of Château Margaux, and they had one child. It was this son, one Baron Joseph-Maxime de Brane (born 1796), who subsequently inherited the estate. He then sold it to a group led by Gustave Roy, who also owned Château d’Issan, accompanied by his wife and two brothers-in-law. Here, as in almost every château profile I write, is where the rot probably began to set in.

Château Brane-Cantenac

Despite Roy’s investment in the estate, financing the construction of new cellars and vinification facilities, the property went into an almost inevitable decline. The late-19th century saw a sequence of vineyard disasters, phylloxera and oidium, compounded by war and economic depression, and as a consequence the quality of the wines faltered. In 1919 the group sold the vineyards and château to the Société des Grands Crus de France, a consortium that also owned Château Margaux, the aforementioned Château d’Issan, Château Lagrange and Château Durfort-Vivens.

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