Château Branaire Ducru - Saint Julien

95 points - The Wine Advocate
95 points - The Wine Advocate
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90 points - The Wine Advocate
89 points - The Wine Advocate
95 points - The Wine Advocate
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93 points - The Wine Advocate
94 points - The Wine Advocate
89 points - The Wine Advocate
88 points - The Wine Advocate
Château Branaire Ducru - 2016 - 75cl - Onshore Cellars

Château Branaire Ducru - Saint Julien

95 points - The Wine Advocate
95 points - The Wine Advocate
90 points - The Wine Advocate
90 points - The Wine Advocate
89 points - The Wine Advocate
95 points - The Wine Advocate
93 points - The Wine Advocate
93 points - The Wine Advocate
94 points - The Wine Advocate
89 points - The Wine Advocate
88 points - The Wine Advocate
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The 2019 Branaire-Ducru unwinds in the glass with aromas of raspberries, blackcurrants, sweet soil tones and hints of cigar wrapper, rose petals and cedar. Medium to full-bodied, deep and layered, it's youthfully tightly wound, with terrific concentration, tangy acids, powdery tannins and a long, saline finish. While this is a little reserved out of the gates, its energy and classical proportions will richly reward bottle age.
The 2016 Branaire-Ducru is a real classic, and in the fullness of time, it will likely rival or even surpass the more charming, demonstrative 2019. Unwinding in the glass with deep aromas of dark berries, cassis, loamy soil, pencil shavings and cigar smoke, it's medium to full-bodied, layered and concentrated, with a taut, structured profile and a long, penetrating finish. The only missing ingredient here is time.
Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Branaire-Ducru has an earthy nose over a core of red and black currants with hints of tapenade, pencil shavings and sage. The medium-bodied palate is firm and chewy, with just enough fruit and a lively finish.
Deep ruby/purple, with sweet cranberry, mulberry and raspberry/blueberry fruit, this is always a distinctive St.-Julien and the 2012 has managed to avoid any of the hollowness or harsh tannins that can afflict some of the Médocs. It is elegant, well-made and an outstanding effort in this vintage. Drink it over the next 15 or more years.
Deep garnet colored, the 2010 Branaire-Ducru starts off just a little bit tired, with roasted nut, balsamic and stewed plum notions giving way to hints of dusty soil, sautéed herbs and dried mulberries. Full-bodied, the palate has a good amount of dried berry flavours with a chewy texture and stewed tea notes on the finish.
The 2009 Branaire-Ducru has a medium to deep garnet color and reveals compelling notions of warm cassis, licorice, baked plums and hoisin with hints of sautéed herbs and pencil lead. Youthful and medium to full-bodied, it has a generous core of black fruits with a firm and grainy structure and bags of freshness, finishing long with great purity.
A stunning success for the vintage, this enticing St.-Julien reveals notes of lead pencil shavings, sweet raspberries and black currants and a subtle touch of oak. Elegant, restrained yet authoritative and impressively intense, it is a medium to full-bodied, lightly tannic effort will be even better with 1-2 years of bottle age and will keep for 15-20 years.
Floral nuances combined with lots of mulberry, raspberry and sweet blackcurrant fruit are followed by a medium to full-bodied, beautifully pure, textured, complex wine with soft tannin. It should drink well relatively early on (2-3 years) and last 15 or more.
A beautiful wine from Branaire, the 2000 is close to full maturity, and should offer plenty of pleasure over the next 15-20 years. Its deep ruby/purple hue is accompanied by scents of boysenberries, black currants, and spring flowers. This medium to full-bodied, pure St.-Julien hits the palate with authority, displaying silky tannins as well as wonderful richness, depth, and texture.
Notes of menthol, raspberries, chocolate, crushed rock, and a notion of flowers emerge from this medium-bodied 1990. While neither as concentrated nor ageworthy as most Branaires made in the 21st century, it is an attractive, soft, elegant wine that should drink well for 5-6 years.
Tannins are likely to always dominate this vintage for Branaire. Dark garnet with an attractive bouquet of earth, minerals, cedar, spice, and currants, this wine remains firm and structured. Cedar, graphite, red currants, and mineral flavours are present in its medium-bodied presentation on the palate.
Type:
Red
Country:
France
Region:
Bordeaux
Appellation:
Saint Julien
Producer:
Château Branaire Ducru
Grapes/Blend:
Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon
ABV:
13.5%
Pairing Sugesstions:
Lamb, Beef, Venison, Game Birds, Duck, Charcuterie and Cured Meats

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Château Branaire Ducru

Château Branaire Ducru

Château Branaire-Ducru is situated on the opposite side of the road from Château Beychevelle in the south of the Saint Julien appellation. The vineyard used to be...

Château Branaire-Ducru is situated on the opposite side of the road from Château Beychevelle in the south of the Saint Julien appellation. The vineyard used to be a part of the massive Beychevelle estate in 1680 but was sold to Jean-Baptiste Braneyre. The estate was passed on through marriage to the Duluc family and then to a distant relative Gustave Ducru who added his name to the wine in 1875.

In 1988 Patrick Maroteaux bought the property and has quietly improved the vineyards, the cellar and the reputation of this fourth-growth estate to what is now, one of the most essential properties of the Médoc.

Branaire-Ducru's 60 hectares of vineyards are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon 70%, Merlot 22%, Cabernet Franc 5% and Petit Verdot 3%. The proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend is even higher than that in the vineyards, 80-85% in most years, which is one of the highest in the Médoc.

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Bordeaux

Bordeaux, in the southwest of France, needs little introduction as one of the world's most famous, prestigious and prolific wine regions. The majority of Bordeaux wines (nearly 90...
Bordeaux, in the southwest of France, needs little introduction as one of the world's most famous, prestigious and prolific wine regions. The majority of Bordeaux wines (nearly 90 percent of production volume) are the dry, medium- and full-bodied red Bordeaux Blends that established its reputation.

The finest (and most expensive) of these are the wines from the great châteaux of the Haut-Médoc and the Right Bank appellations Saint-Émilion and Pomerol. The former is focused (at the top level) on Cabernet Sauvignon, the latter pair on on Merlot.

The legendary reds are complemented by high-quality white wines based on Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc. These range from dry whites to challenge the best from the Burgundy region (Pessac-Léognan is particularly renowned) to the sweet, botrytized nectars of Sauternes.
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Saint Julien

Saint-Julien is a wine appellation located in the Médoc region of Bordeaux, France. It is known for producing some of the finest red wines in the world, with...

Saint-Julien is a wine appellation located in the Médoc region of Bordeaux, France. It is known for producing some of the finest red wines in the world, with a long history of winemaking dating back to the 17th century.

The style of production in Saint-Julien is heavily influenced by the terroir, which is characterized by gravelly soils and a maritime climate. The grapes grown here are predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc, with smaller amounts of Petit Verdot and Malbec.

The wines produced in Saint-Julien are typically full-bodied and complex, with a deep ruby color and aromas of blackcurrant, blackberry, and cedar. They are known for their firm tannins and long aging potential, with some of the best vintages capable of aging for several decades.

One of the most famous producers in Saint-Julien is Château Léoville Las Cases, which has been producing wine since the 17th century. Their wines are known for their elegance and finesse, with a perfect balance of fruit, tannins, and acidity. Another notable producer is Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, which has been producing wine since the 18th century. Their wines are known for their power and intensity, with a rich, velvety texture and flavors of black fruit, spice, and tobacco.

Other notable producers in Saint-Julien include Château Beychevelle, Château Talbot, and Château Branaire-Ducru. Each of these producers has their own unique style and approach to winemaking, but all share a commitment to producing the highest quality wines possible.

Overall, Saint-Julien is a wine appellation that is steeped in history and tradition, with a long-standing reputation for producing some of the finest wines in the world. Whether you are a seasoned wine connoisseur or a casual enthusiast, a bottle of Saint-Julien wine is sure to impress.

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