Château Branaire-Ducru 2011 Saint-Julien 4ème Grand Cru Classé


"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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Producer
Vintage
Appellation
Classification
Region
Type
Grapes
Château Branaire-Ducru
2011
AOC Saint-Julien
4ème Grand Cru Classé
Bordeaux
Dry Red wine
67% Cabernet Sauvignon
24% Merlot
5% Petit Verdot
4% Cabernet Franc
 
Drink
Open
Serve
Food
from now to 2030
Decant 2 hours before
17-18°C
Roasted poultry
grilled beef
duck breast
mature cheese
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Soil
Vineyard
Farming
Vines
Harvest
Yield
Alcohol
Ageing
Clay, Gravel
60 hectares
Sustainable
35 years old
Manual
37hl/ha
13%
18 months in oak barrels with 60% new oak
 ComplexityComplexity Scale Red Wine
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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!"

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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."

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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."

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Château Branaire-Ducru 2011 Saint-Julien 4ème Grand Cru Classé

Château Branaire-Ducru 2011 Saint-Julien 4ème Grand Cru Classé

"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!