Château Branaire Ducru, 4eme Cru Classé, St Julien, 2010

  Château Branaire Ducru

Produced from 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23.5% Merlot, 4.5% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot including 10% of press wine. This is a really impressive Branaire. Notes of cut flowers, cherries, cedar and spice. Lots of big sweet fruit flavours on the palate, blackcurrants, dark cherries - powerful, with lots of glycerine. The tannins are ripe and there are long flavours of sweet cherries on the finish. A vin de garde.

Contains Sulphites.

About Château Branaire Ducru

Château Branaire-Ducru, located in the commune of Saint Julien, is surrounded by illustrious neighbours such as Beychevelle, Ducru-Beaucaillou and Gruaud Larose. Originally a part of Chateau Beychevelle, the property was acquired by Jean-Baptiste Braneyre and became known as Chateau Branaire in 1680. It was owned by various members of the 'de Luc' family for well over a century until 1875 when Gustave Ducru became the sole owner. The modern era for Chateau Branaire-Ducru began in1988 when the estate was purchased by the Maroteaux family. The wine is aged for 20 months in 50% new oak and is typically rich, brooding and powerful style of Bordeaux.

Appellation: St Julien

St-Julien may not have any first growths like its neighbour Pauillac but has a raft of high-performing Châteaux in its ranks, second through to fourth growths, Including Ducru-Beaucaillou, Léoville Las Cases, Léoville-Poyferré, Léoville-Barton.
Gruaud-Larose and Talbot. For many St-Julien is quintessential claret, robust, powerful but refined subtle and poised. Gravelly soils dominate, hence wide plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon with some Merlot.

Grape Blend: Cab. Sauvignon | Merlot | Cab. Franc | Petit Verdot

The full complement of permitted Bordeaux varieties and the classic left bank Bordeaux blend. The Cabernets and Merlots usually dominate the blend with small percentages of Malbec and Petit Verdot blended in for colour, structure and complexity. Several producers outside of Bordeaux have tried to emulate this with a Bordeaux style blend of their own, a particularly successful example being Cain Cellars in the Napa Valley and their splendid Cain Five.