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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.
91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - October 2013
(63% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot, 4% petit verdot and 3% cabernet franc; 3.79 pH; 12.9% alcohol): Dark ruby with a pale rim. Strong notes of torrefaction initially; with aeration, the nose turns richer and more complex, with deep aromas of red cherry, blackcurrant, spicy plum and minerals. Enters the mouth big and dense but very suave, with very concentrated red cherry and blackcurrant flavors that coat the palate and linger persistently. Stands out for its fine-grained tannins but I was most impressed by this nicely balanced wine's utterly seamless delivery of fruit and light touch. A major success for the vintage. The grapes were harvested between September 20 and October 9.