Branaire Ducru 2014

Branaire Ducru 2014

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75 cl









4ème Grand cru classé Saint-Julien


RP 89/100 Vinos 89/100 JS 93/100 JR 16.5+/20


Rating : (90 - 92) / 100

Drink Date : 2018 - 2032

Reviewed by : Neal Martin

Issue Date : 30th Apr 2015

Source : 218, The Wine Advocate

The Chateau Branaire-Ducru is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc picked between 24 September with the early-ripening Merlot, and finishing on 11 October. The yields came in at 40 hectoliters per hectare and Patrick Maratoux explained the importance of waiting for the correct maturity of each parcel. It has a tightly wound bouquet with black cherries and orange peel aromas, focused if not quite as complex as say, Chateau Beychevelle. The palate is medium-bodied, sinewy in the mouth with tensile tannins. This is a wine that seems to be making a huge effort in this vintage, but I would like to see more finesse manifested on the finish by the time it is in bottle. You know, I think that will develop. That 12 to 13% vin de presse lends this Branaire Ducru impressive sustain on the finish and I suspect that it will coalesce throughout the barrel ageing in two-thirds new oak (though the sample shown at the chateau was 100% new oak).

Branaire Ducru is one of the great classics of Saint-Julien. It is a more sober property, aesthetically, than its neighbor Château Beychevelle, but which is also the source of an excellent wine. This firm and full-bodied Fourth Grand Cru Classé develops a very interesting aromatic palette where the dominance of Cabernet is characterized by very marked notes of blackcurrant. Plum, cedar wood and some years chocolate, complete this subtle anthology of flavors offered by this great wine for laying down.
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