2011 Duluc de Branaire Ducru St Julien
Château Branaire Ducru is a Fourth Growth Bordeaux according to the official classification of 1855. The 123-acre estate is in St.-Julien-Beychevelle, on the left bank of the Gironde River. It is owned by the Marotteaux who produce this bottling as their second label. The vineyards are planted to 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22 % Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. The estate dates back to the late 17th century, when it was acquired by Jean-Baptiste Braneyre. Robert M. Parker Jr. has written that Branaire is “largely ignored by speculators, (but) is favored by wine drinkers…The finest vintages are magnificently scented, deep, rich wines that are as good as other top wines of St. Julien.”
92 points, Wine Spectator
...mouthfilling layers of plum sauce, blackberry compote and warm ganache, all lined with a charcoal note that adds texture and length. Delivers depth and polish on the finish, with the fruit echoing pleasantly.
92 points, James Suckling
This is tight and structured, with blueberry and mineral character. Full and firm with excellent tannins for the vintage.
France, Bordeaux, St. Julian
Cabernet-Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit-Verdot
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