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Chateau Branaire Ducru Saint-Julien Grand Cru 2016 (Bordeaux, France) - [WS 96, #16 Top 100 of 2019] [WE 95] [JS 95] [RP 92-94] [AG 93+] [JD 92+]
Chateau Branaire Ducru Saint-Julien Grand Cru 2016 (Bordeaux, France) - [WS 96, #16 Top 100 of 2019] [WE 95] [JS 95] [RP 92-94] [AG 93+] [JD 92+]


 
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Winery: Chateau Branaire Ducru
Varietal: 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, and 4% Cabernet Franc
Region: Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, France
Vintage: 2016
Bottle Size: 750 mL

Product Code: BRANAIREDUCRU16-W

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Ratings & Reviews

96 Points & #16 Top 100 Wines of 2019 - Wine Spectator:
"The core of this red is loaded with pure plum, blueberry and black currant fruit flavors. The polished structure is integrated, with alluring ganache, anise and sweet tobacco notes throughout, all in a polished and balanced frame. A very classy red that isn't shy about its power but pushes its purity to the fore. Best from 2024 through 2039. 15,000 cases made." — JM

95 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"The estate, at the southern end of Saint-Julien, has produced a wine that is both structured and stylish. This bold, ripe wine shows opulent black fruits and generous tannins. Juicy and structured, it has good aging potential. Drink from 2025. Roger Voss" - (5/1/2019)

95 Points - James Suckling:
"The best vintage of this wine since 2009! Effusive, fresh redcurrant and cassis aromas give this St.-Julien terrific drive and energy, the elegant, dry tannins beautifully married to the medium body, right through the long, agile finish. Drink or hold." - (19 Jan, 2019)

92-94 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2016 Branaire-Ducru is a blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc picked from 28 September until 19 October at 50 hectoliters per hectare, one of the longest harvest periods at the estate. The nose is quite intense with black fruit infused with pencil shaving and a touch of tobacco, unashamedly classic in style, a little distant compared to some other Saint Juliens but undeniably well defined and full of character. The palate is structured and masculine, exerting a firm grip in the mouth, spicier than its peers with cracked black pepper complementing the black fruit, tobacco and smoke towards the structured finish. There is great length here, very persistent in the mouth, a little "rougher" in texture than others, but that will be smoothed out during élevage and in bottle. Give this Branaire-Ducru five or six years in bottle because it has great potential, one of the best produced at the estate in recent years. (NB This sample was taken from a new barrel, though the final blend will be 60%.)" - Neal Martin (Apr 2017)

93+ Points - Vinous:
"The 2016 Branaire-Ducru is powerful, dense and explosive to a degree that is surprising for a wine that is typically much more sensual. There is lovely definition throughout, but readers will have to be patient to catch the 2016 at its very best. Hints of leather, smoke, tobacco and dried flowers begin to open up in the glass, but the 2016 is quite reticent at this stage. In two tastings I found the 2016 unusually closed. Needless to say, it will be interesting to see what time brings." (Jan 2019)

92+ Points - Jeb Dunnuck:
"The 2016 Château Branaire-Ducru checks in as a blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, and the rest Cabernet Franc. This medium to full-bodied, downright pretty Saint-Julien has a complex, layered style in its mulberries, blackberries, saddle leather, and forest floor aromatics, with hints of graphite developing with time in the glass. Possessing terrific tannins, nicely integrated acidity, and a great finish, I’d certainly be happy to have bottles of this in the cellar. Give it a few years and it promises to shine for 20-25 years." - Jeb Dunnuck (2/28/2019)


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