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2003 Chateau Branaire Ducru Saint-Julien
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About Chateau Branaire Ducru

Chateau Branaire Ducru, a Fourth Growth estate which was once part of neighboring Chateau Beychevelle, is located on the lofty St. Julien-Beychevelle plateau in southern St. Julien. 50 hectares of vines surround the chateau, rooted deep into the alluvial gravel soil. The vineyards are planted to 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot.

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2003 Chateau Branaire Ducru Saint-Julien

Producer: Chateau Branaire Ducru
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Bordeaux Blend
Origin: France
Region: Bordeaux
Appellation: Saint Julien

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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - October 2013

(72% cabernet sauvignon, 20% merlot, 4.5% petit verdot and 3.5% cabernet franc; 3.75 pH; 13% alcohol):  Bright ruby-red.  Intense mocha and sweet spice notes complicate ripe dark cherry and macerated plum aromas on the very ripe, deep nose.  Large-scaled and plush, with ripe but not cooked red and black fruit flavors.  Surprisingly lively acidity and seamless tannins give the wine good support.  Finishes creamy and long, with a repeating note of mocha.  For the most part I am not a fan of the 2003 Bordeaux owing to the furnace-like summer, but the Branaire-Ducru is a knockout and owner Patrick Maroteaux has always told me he thinks it's one of the best wines he has ever made.  Not surprisingly in 2003, the grapes were harvested much earlier and faster than usual, between September 9 and 24.

93 Points | Wine Spectator
94 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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1986 Chateau Branaire
by Terracciano12196601
I have a 1986 Chateau Branaire. What's it's value??? Should I pop it???
4.5 stars
by MakeMeNuts
bought this as a $34 future...recently read a tasting review of 2003's and thought I would give it a try. I was not disappointed. This is the third 2003 I have tasted/drunk and I am impressed with the vinatge. Yes, it had the complexity, balance and finish of a fine $80 bordeaux...AND it is only three or so years young! If you have some 03's in the cellar, give one a try...especially if it is a Branaire. Open it, decant it, and wait an hour.


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Bordeaux is the planet's largest source of fine wine, the model for Cabernet Sauvignon- and Merlot-based wines around the globe. Bordeaux wines are considered by many wine connoisseurs to be the world's greatest reds.

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