Chateau Branaire Ducru Saint Julien 2005

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SKU 00336

750ml

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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.

Category Red Wine
Varietals
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Appellation St. Julien
Brand Chateau Branaire Ducru
  • we95

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.

Roger Voss, June 1, 2008
  • st94

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.

Stephen Tanzer, May 2008
  • wa93

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.

Robert Parker, June 2015
  • ws92

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.

James Suckling, March 31, 2008