Chateau Branaire Ducru Saint Julien 2005
Planted to 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot, with vines averaging 40 years, this fourth growth producer can easily rival a third growth, if not a second, yet it remains a great value and a favorite of Bordeaux wine drinkers. The final blend of Branaire tends to exhibit a distinctive chocolaty component with exotic spice aromas and loads of berry fruits.
|Region||France, Bordeaux, St. Julien|
|Brand||Chateau Branaire Ducru|
Wine EnthusiastThis is opulent, but with restraint. The fruit is rich, black and delicious. Touches of spice and wood are present, lending complexity to the ripe fruits and balanced tannins. Impressive.
International Wine CellarDark red-ruby. Plum, chocolate and some exotic smoky oak on the nose. Lush, smooth and sweet but not at all over the top; offers unusual volume and breadth for Branaire. The exotic aspect carries through on the palate, and yet this wine is holding plenty of material in reserve. Finishes with building tannins and excellent length. Offers superb potential for aging.
Wine AdvocateFloral nuances combined with lots of mulberry, raspberry and sweet blackcurrant fruit are followed by a medium to full-bodied, beautifully pure, textured, complex wine with soft tannin. It should drink well relatively early on (2-3 years) and last 15 or more.
Wine SpectatorVery floral, showing blueberry, licorice and mineral on the nose. Full and very silky, with beautifully polished tannins. Long and caressing. This is always very well done and good value for the quality. Best after 2010.