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2009 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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2009 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

(65% cabernet sauvignon, 28% merlot, 3% cabernet franc and 4% petit verdot; 3.7 pH; 12.6% alcohol):  Red with a pale rim.  The fruity nose hints at macerated red cherries, bitter chocolate and dried herbs.  Then big, fat and soft on the palate, with fresh, harmonious acidity providing adequate lift to the black cherry, chocolate and sweet spice flavors.  The long, plush finish offers a concentrated coffee and red fruit cocktail quality.  Still very young and likely to develop more complexity.  As good as this is, Branaire-Ducru is one estate where the 2010 will likely turn out to better than the 2009.

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

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