"One of the stars of the appellation in this vintage. Bravo!" - Robert Parker. Château Branaire-Ducru, Fourth Classified Growth from Saint-Julien, has seen heavy investments since Patrick Maroteaux took over in 1988 - new plantings, new cuvier and an ultra-modern chai. The 2011 vintage is a great success, just entering it's drinking window. Nose of red fruit jam, chocolate and cedar. Powerful and complex palate with aromas or ripe fruit, cocoa and charcoal. Velvety tannins and persistent finish. Everything we love in a great St-Julien. High Class!
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|Wine Characteristics||When & how to drink?|
4ème Grand Cru Classé
Dry Red wine
67% Cabernet Sauvignon
5% Petit Verdot
4% Cabernet Franc
from now to 2030
Decant 2 hours before
35 years old
18 months in oak barrels with 60% new oak
|What experts say|
91-93/100 "A top-notch effort from this estate, the 2011 exhibits an exotic perfume of lead pencil shavings, white chocolate, raspberry jam and red as well as black currants. Loads of fruit, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel and velvety tannin suggest this beauty will drink well for 15+ years. It is one of the stars of the appellation in this vintage. Bravo!"
16.5/20 "Deeply coloured. Dark chocolate and dark fruit. Attractively dry, powder-fine tannins. Malty and juicy finish. Fresh length, persistent. (JH)"
94/100 "With dense fruit and a powerful, complex structure, this is one of the best wines from this chateau. Blackberries, black plums and a rich, generous character are all here, along with fine tannins."
92/100 "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."
Gold Medal at Decanter World Wine Awards " Delightful scented lift to the nose - of discreet black fruits with notes of spice and cedar. Cool, classy character, understated, with long, lifted flavours of damson and plum fruit harmonising with finely-textured, supple tannins. Acidity is fresh and lively, lending drive and persistence."