Chateau Branaire Ducru

Chateau Branaire Ducru 2021 6 x 75cl En Primeur

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Château Branaire Ducru 2021 Saint Julien Quatrieme Cru Classe 6 x 75cl En Primeur
Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon 58% Merlot 32% Petit Verdot 7% Cabernet Franc 3%
Release price history for recent vintages where known.
2020: £186
2019: £174
2018 : £238
2017 : £204
2016 : £233
2015 : £210
2014 : £148

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Having tasted the 2021 Branaire-Ducru six times over the course of a month and a half, I feel confident in saying that it is a beautiful wine that numbers among the vintage's real successes. Offering up aromas of raspberry coulis and red cherries mingled with notions of rose petals, cigar box and spices, it's medium to full-bodied, ample and seamless, with a layered core of fruit, lively acids and beautifully powdery tannins. Why is it quite so good? It isn't because a lot of wine was declassified, as around 60% of the estate's production went into the grand vin this year—a touch more than average. Rather, the key factors seem to be waiting to pick despite an alarming weather forecast; the blend itself, which emphasizes ripe Cabernet and the estate's later-ripening Merlot on clay-limestone soils; and the fact that a partially completed new winery means that Branaire already had fully 63 fermentation vats at its disposal to pick and vinify parcel by parcel. The exact composition is 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. WK

Critics Scores
(WF) William Frazier frazierswine.co.uk : 92
(JL) James Lather MW jancisrobinson.com : 16
(JS) James Suckling jamessuckling.com :
(WK) William Kelley robertparker.com : 93-94+
(NM) Neal Martin vinous.com :
(JA) Jane Anson decanter.com :
(JMQ ) Jean-Marc Quarin Quarin.com :
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Yield :40 hl/h
ABV: 0%

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Size:
6 x 75cl
Closure:
Cork
Appellation:
Saint Julien
Vintage:
2021