Bordeaux

2019 Branaire Ducru

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6 x 750ml
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The 2019 Branaire -Ducru is one instance where I felt that the first two bottles via the UGC shipment were not quite correct, so I requested two more direct from the château. They were different. It has plenty of dark berry fruit on the nose mixed with smoke, tobacco and undergrowth scents - just classic Saint-Julien. The palate is medium-bodied with a tangy saline entry, fresh and defined by the crisp tannins. Whereas the first samples lacked a bit of cohesion, this is more focused and detailed with a seriously impressive classically styled, graphite tinged finish. Result? Best Branaire I've tasted in barrel. Kudos to François-Xavier Maroteau and his team. Read more
Critic Reviews
Expert Review
95 POINTS
Neal Martin - Vinous

The 2019 Branaire -Ducru is one instance where I felt that the first two bottles via the UGC shipment were not quite correct, so I requested two more direct from the château. They were different. It has plenty of dark berry fruit on the nose mixed with smoke, tobacco and undergrowth scents - just classic Saint-Julien. The palate is medium-bodied with a tangy saline entry, fresh and defined by the crisp tannins. Whereas the first samples lacked a bit of cohesion, this is more focused and detailed with a seriously impressive classically styled, graphite tinged finish. Result? Best Branaire I've tasted in barrel. Kudos to François-Xavier Maroteau and his team.

Expert Review
95 POINTS
Antonio Galloni MW - Vinous

The 2019 Branaire-Ducru is rich, layered and sumptuous. Black cherry, licorice, spice, leather tobacco and tar build effortlessly in the glass. The 2019 impresses with its density and pure power, which makes it perhaps atypical for Branaire by its historic standards, but it may be the direction the château seems to be headed in. The aromatics are a bit closed right now, but time in bottle should help take care of that.

Expert Review
95 POINTS
Antonio Galloni MW - Vinous

The 2019 Branaire-Ducru dazzles from start to finish. All the Brainaire signatures - rose petal, lavender, red and purplish fruit - are present, but they are kicked up a few notches, with all of the radiance of the year on full display. Soft, plush and so alluring, the 2019 Branaire is one sexy wine. Impressive. Tasted two times.

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94 POINTS
Neal Martin - Vinous

The 2019 Branaire-Ducru is one that I was eager to re-taste in bottle. Deep in color, it has a very well-defined nose of tightly packed dark berries, the tobacco element less obvious than before, and slightly more floral, with light sous-bois notes developing with aeration. The 60% new oak is neatly integrated. The palate shows real vivacity and tension on the entry and delivers crunchy black fruit, touches of blue fruit and a little iodine. Sappy from start to finish, this has a real saline tang that urges you back for another sip. There is definitely is more substance compared to previous vintages, and I wager that this represents the best Branaire-Ducru in recent years. 13.7% alcohol

Expert Review
94 POINTS
Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW - Wine Advocate

Sporting a deep garnet-purple color, the 2019 Branaire-Ducru starts off a little broody, with woodsmoke and graphite-inspired scents giving way to an emerging core of warm cassis, mulberries and fruitcake plus touches of mocha, rose petals and bouquet garni. Medium-bodied, the palate reveals surprising energy with bags of perfumed black fruits juxtaposed by compelling tension and a fine-grained texture, beautifully supporting the tightly knit layers, finishing on a lingering mineral note. If the bottled wine delivers on this promise, I foresee a wonderfully poised, nuanced Branaire-Ducru of the sophistication and caliber that has not been seen for quite some time. Exciting!

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93 POINTS
Peter Moser - Falstaff Magazine

Dark ruby, opaque core, purple reflections, subtle brightening on the rim. Delicate notes of liquorice, wild blackberries, some leather and nougat, inviting bouquet. Juicy, fine red cherry fruit, silky tannins, fresh acidity, subtle fruit on the finish, lively, delicate style, ready to drink soon and yet with some ageing potential.

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93 POINTS
Jane Anson - Decanter Magazine

Floral-studded nose along with cassis fruits, this is an enjoyable Branaire Ducru that is easy to recommend. Lighter-framed than some in the appellation with its characteristic fine tannins making this a medium-term drinker within the St Julien context. Plenty of juice running through the palate, enjoyable baked earth and menthol notes and a kick of salinity on the finish. A yield of 43hl/ha. 4% Cabernet Franc completes the blend.

Expert Review
92 POINTS
Neal Martin - Vinous

The 2019 Branaire Ducru has a fresh and vibrant bouquet, very well defined with beautifully integrated oak, quite precise graphite-infused black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with a ferrous opening, gritty in texture, quite edgy and sharp with an almost citrus fresh, tensile finish. Very fine. Tasted blind at the Southwold annual tasting.

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Technical Attributes
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Tasting Notes

The 2019 Branaire Ducru has a fresh and vibrant bouquet, very well defined with beautifully integrated oak, quite precise graphite-infused black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with a ferrous opening, gritty in texture, quite edgy and sharp with an almost citrus fresh, tensile finish. Very fine. Tasted blind at the Southwold annual tasting. NM Vinous 92 Points

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Winemakers Note

56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc Alc.: 13,70% In Bordeaux, ‘classicism’ is not a term uttered lightly. Some estates continue to perpetuate, both in the style of their wines and the image they have created, an air of consistency that suits them well. Branaire-Ducru included. This stems not only from its history, dating back to Jean-Baptiste Branaire in 1680, together with a long line of four families since that time, but also from its vineyard, comprising 60 hectares of vines on the Beychevelle plateau, remaining mostly unchanged since its classification in 1855. If we were to sum up the distinctive Saint-Julien style in a single wine, we would possibly head to Château Branaire-Ducru, where for more than thirty years the Maroteaux family have cultivated a certain notion of understated Medoc. This notion of understatement is echoed by the pricing policy if the estate. Indeed, the quality of the wines produced at Branaire Ducru is unbeatable at this level of price. As an illustration, we have calculated the average of the ratings for the last vintages in Saint-Julien and the average of the last release prices: Léoville Las Cases 96,96 - 147,60 € Ducru Beaucaillou 96,53 - 119,52 € Léoville Barton 95,00 - 55,24 € Léoville Poyferré 94,95 - 57,12 € Beychevelle 93,72 - 52,56 € Branaire Ducru 93,36 - 35,64 € 2019 following along the same line, true to the family's philosophy of winemaking: “A story written and conceived for pleasure, devoted to pleasure. So true is it that in the land of Medoc, pleasure is the ultimate outcome of all efforts.” Tasting Note : Rich, intense colour. An expressive nose, a sophisticated combination of pure black and red fruits. The palate is wonderfully smooth with powerful intensity, maintaining its fineness and elegance. A beautiful acidity, propelling the wine on a long finish.

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International Marketplace Product: Estimated dispatch from Sydney warehouse: Aug 30th, 2024


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