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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.
89(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - June 2014
Bright, deep ruby-red. Sappy aromas of raspberry, blackcurrant and sweet spices are complicated by an intense note of violet. Bright and juicy in the mouth, offering excellent volume for the vintage as well as noteworthy floral lift to the fresh dark currant and plum flavors. The wine's sappy quality gives it good inner-mouth energy and early deliciousness, even if it lacks the structure of the best vintages. On the other hand, by avoiding overextraction the lovely 2011 Branaire-Ducru offers plenty of early appeal.