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Chateau Branaire Ducru, St Julien 2010

R1,800

A pure and classic St-Julien which is elegant, ripe, supple and well-balanced, magnified in a fantastic year

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Description

Description

 

Additional information

Additional information

Curated Selection

Top Rated, Bin Ends

Grape Variety

Bordeaux Blend, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Other Varietals

Producer

Bordeaux Chateaux

Product Type

Red Wine

Vintage

2010

Wine Group

Prestige

Wine Occasion

Indulgence, Icon & Invest

Wine Region

Bordeaux, Bordeaux – Left Bank

Critics Top Rating

95 points

Story

Story

Château Branaire-Ducru is situated on the opposite side of the road from Château Beychevelle in the south of the St-Julien appellation. Patrick Maroteaux has owned the property since 1988 and he has invested heavily in new plantings as well as installing a spanking new cuvier and an ultra-modern chai.

Branaire-Ducru produces a pure and classic St-Julien which is elegant, ripe, supple and well-balanced. It is classified as a 4ème Cru Classé.

Specifications

Specifications

Blend – 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23.5% Merlot, 4.5% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. The proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend is one of the highest in the Médoc.

Ageing – The wines are matured in oak barriques (65% new).

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

“Producer Patrick Maroteaux continues to fine-tune and turn out a succession of brilliant wines from this chateau,” comments Robert Parker, “which sits across the famous Medoc Route du Vin from Beychevelle.”

A layered young red with lots of black olives and berries on the nose. Full body, with velvety and chewy tannins. It all comes together at the end with a lovely sweet fruit.

Critic Ratings

Critic Ratings

Wine Enthusiast – 95 points

This rich, full wine shows the chateau to be at the top of its form. It’s finely balanced, pushing both its fruit and acidity, with the tannins taking the supporting role. With its power leashed, this shows the stylish side of Saint-Julien, although it will certainly age for many years. 2/1/2013


Vinous – 95 points

The 2010 Branaire-Ducru has a lovely mélange of red and black fruit, hints of dried blood and autumn leaves suggesting that this is moving into its secondary phase. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, a fine bead of acidity, good body and a fresh marine-tinged finish that is an absolute joy. There is an abiding symmetry about this wine and it is in for the long-haul. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners 10-Year On Bordeaux horizontal. Drink 2023 – 2055. Neal Martin, vinous.com, April 2020


Robert Parker Wine Advocate – 94 points

This wine is more backward than I would have normally expected, but nevertheless, it is very impressive. The 2010 Branaire-Ducru displays an inky bluish purple color and loads of mulberry, raspberry, black currant, graphite and floral notes in its intense aromatics. Medium to full-bodied , with sensational ripeness, purity, texture and length, the tannins are slightly more prominent than I remember from barrel, but they are sweet and ripe (as opposed to astringent and bitter). This beautiful wine needs 4-6 years of cellaring and should keep 25-30 years. Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (205), March 2013


James Suckling – 94 points

A layered young red with lots of black olives and berries on the nose. Full body, with velvety and chewy tannins. It all comes together at the end with a lovely sweet fruit. Try after 2017. James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2013

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