Peter Maude Fine Wines

2021, Château Branaire-Ducru, SAINT-JULIEN 4ième Grand Cru Classé

$65 ex. GST
$74.75 inc. GST
Estimated full landed price – $86.54

Bordeaux Blend: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot.

A classic Saint Julien château that produces wines of real St Julien class and structure. 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.

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. 93-94+ William Kelley, Wine Advocate

The 2021 Branaire-Ducru is sleek, elegant and nuanced. There is more Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc in the blend than in the 2018-2020 period, when the Merlots were especially successful. As a result, the aromatics are absolutely alluring, but the wine is much less forthcoming on the palate. The 2021 is a classically austere Branaire that looks like it will need quite a bit of time to blossom. Dark cherry, plum, chocolate, leather and rose petal linger. 93-95 Antonio Galloni, Vinous.

A very pretty wine, showing blackberry and blackcurrant aromas with crushed stone. Medium to full body with layers of fine-grained tannins. Bright and refined. Lots of dark fruit at the end. Solid weight. 94-95 James Suckling.

Well balanced, showcasing the possibilities of the vintage, a little austere in its rose stem and cassis bud character, but it opens up to show finessed blackberry fruit, precisely cut tannins, and has plenty of potential to age. 92 Jane Anson.

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