2011 Branaire Ducru

6 x 750ml
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The Collective Review

Branaire does a great job with classic, elegant and well-balanced vintages, and here it really is delivering a delicious St-Julien. Plenty of depth to the fruit, alongside pencil lead aromatics. Traces of fig and spice that reflect the drought conditions of early in the year, but it has elegance and sapidity through the finish and is extremely classic. 4% Cabernet Franc completes the blend. Jane Anson 93 Points Decanter

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This wine is based on tannins, yet it also has weight and a complex fruit structure. Its power lies in the density of its texture. —R.V Read more
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Roger Voss - Wine Enthusiast

This wine is based on tannins, yet it also has weight and a complex fruit structure. Its power lies in the density of its texture. —R.V

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Jeff Leve - The Wine Cellar Insider

From an assemblage of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 13.08% alcohol. Yields were about 10% lower in 2011 than what the estate produced in 2010. With mocha, black cherry, truffle, smoke and earthy aromas, this medium-bodied, soft-textured Branaire Ducru is dominated by cherries and finishes with a fresh, sweet chocolate and black raspberry finish. 91-93 Pts

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James Suckling

This is tight and structured, with blueberry and mineral character. Full and firm with excellent tannins for the vintage. Needs at least four years to soften but shows potential: try in 2018.

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James Molesworth - Wine Spectator

Offers 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. Best from 2016 through 2027.

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Jeannie Cho Lee MW - Asian Palate

This is a full bodied wine with attractive aromatics of fresh blackberries and red plums. The flavours are supported by generous tannins and fresh acidity. Fairly long finish. A serious wine that will age well ?wait at least 5+ years before opening.

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Robert Parker - Wine Advocate

A dense blue/ruby/purple color is followed by notes of raspberries, incense and spring flowers, supple tannins, medium body and excellent elegance as well as purity. The result is a suave, savory 2011. While it does not possess the size or richness of vintages such as 2009 and 2010, the 2011 has plenty of charm and appeal. Drink it over the next decade.

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Neal Martin - Wine Advocate

The 2011 is a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc that was picked between 14th and 29th September at just 37hl/ha. It has a straightforward bouquet of light fresh red berry fruit laced with orange rind and graphite, focused but not powerful. After five minutes there is a brine or fish scale note. The palate has a chalky entry with crisp acidity, just a little hardness in the mouth but the finish is softer. There are notes of blackberry, pain grille and graphite with a dry, crisp finish. Fine. Tasted April 2012

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Ian D'Agata - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Bright, deep ruby-red.  Sappy aromas of raspberry, blackcurrant and sweet spices are complicated by an intense note of violet.  Bright and juicy in the mouth, offering excellent volume for the vintage as well as noteworthy floral lift to the fresh dark currant and plum flavors.  The wine's sappy quality gives it good inner-mouth energy and early deliciousness, even if it lacks the structure of the best vintages.  On the other hand, by avoiding overextraction the lovely 2011 Branaire-Ducru offers plenty of early appeal. (89(+?) points)

Technical Attributes
Tasting Notes

Spring suddenly arrived and kick-started the vines. Warm, dry weather were already on us, and it benefitted the fruit. Rare showers were welcome in summer. A warmer autumn and the lack of water made for well-ripened grapes. Harvesting began early with the last picking at the estate on 29th September. The 2011 is very silky on the palate and has especially elegant structure. It is very expressive, sharp and pure. The nose is open with lovely hints of black berries and spice. Already really enjoyable.

Winemakers Note

Due to an unusual warm and dry weather in spring 2011 the growing season started very early. The unprecedented lack of rain reduced the development of the vines and the berries. It favoured a good synthesis of the polyphenolic components and a good richness of the berries. In the summer the rainfall went back to normal. However the rainfall was far too low to make up for the important lack of water that year leading to a harvest of 37 hectoliters per hectare.

The moderate summer temperatures helped to produce a good aromatic freshness of the wine. The autumn was warmer than normal and the persistent lack of water allowed a ripening of the berries in good conditions. The harvest was early in 2011. We started harvesting on 14th September and we finished picking our grapes on 29th September with a nearly ideal weather. The sanitary state of the grapes was satisfying.

As far as aromas and tannins are concerned, 2011 is a rich vintage. The dry weather conditions allowed to produce Cabernet-Sauvignon grapes of great character. They represent 67% of the blend along with 24% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc.

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