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Château Branaire Ducru Saint-Julien 2016


  • Type : Wine
  • Grape Variety: Blend - Bordeaux Red
  • Country/State: France
  • Region: Bordeaux AOC, Saint-Julien AOC
  • Winery: Château Branaire-Ducru

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Winemaker’s Notes

2016 Château Branaire-Ducru – Saint Julien Grand Cru Classé

Appelation: Saint Julien AOC

Location: Bordeaux France – Haut Medoc

Terroir / Soil: deep quaternary gravels with clay in the subsoil

Grape varieties: 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc,

Vinification: Stainless steel tanks with temperature control. Size of tanks adapted to size of vineyard plots. Tanks filling using gravity. First modern winery using gravity flow system in 1991. Fermentation temperature

Barrel: Aged 18 months in French oak, 60% new

Food pairing: Beef stew, meat on the bbq and any soft cheeses will complement well this great wine!

 

Reviews

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.” (96 Pts)

Wine Enthusiast – “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. Cellar Selection.” (95 Pts)

James Suckling – “The best vintage of this wine since 2009! Effusive, fresh red currant 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.” (95 Pts)

Decanter – “Always a supremely elegant, measured take on St-Julien that delivers in spades in 2016. Plush damson fruit comes through with just the right level of extraction. Beautifully rich, ripe fruit is joined by touches of oak at exactly the right moment. An exceptional showing from Branaire that rises above its 2015. Barrel Sample.” (94 Pts)

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.” (93 Pts)

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%.) Barrel Sample.” (92-94 Pts)

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