Chateau Branaire Ducru St. Julien 2012
Once part of the Beychevelle estate, Chateau Branaire Ducru can be documented all the way back to 1680. Since a family enterprise acquired it in 1988 and Patrick Maroteaux manages the estate, considerable improvements to the property have brought the wine a remarkable regularity of quality. Covering approximately 60 hecatres in the commune of St. Julien, the average age of the vine is 35 years. Since the 2000 vintage, Branaire Ducru has become of the top St. Julien wines. It is also one of the better values for high quality Bordeaux.
93-95 points Wine Enthusiast
90-93 points Wine Spectator
68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc
"The 2012 Branaire Ducru is a seductive effort that is a credit to this chateau, which did not try to over-extract or push the fruit past what it was capable of providing. The result is an elegant, pretty, mid-weight wine with soft, velvety tannin, spicy mulberry and black cherry fruit, hints of spring flowers and loamy soil undertones, medium body and a moderate finish. Drink it over the next 10-12 years. " Robert Parker
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