Château Branaire Ducru, 4eme Cru Classé, St Julien, 2017

  Château Branaire Ducru

The charming Patrick Maroteaux, who owned Branaire-Ducru since 1988, died in November 2017. He implemented many improvements and changes at the estate and his reign will be remembered for a string of delicious, authentic, honest wines. They were rarely flashy or impressive, but they always provided enjoyment when served on the table. The 2017 is a fitting tribute. There's an earthy rusticity, some savoury notes, underpinned by waves of rich hedgerow fruit and graphite. It is measured and genuine with plenty of density, ripe tannins and good acidity. We look forward to raising a glass or two of this to Patrick in the future. 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 4.5% Cabernet Franc and 6.5% Petit Verdot

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 (excluding the rarely used Carmenere & Malbec) and the classic left bank Bordeaux blend. The Cabernets and Merlots usually dominate the blend with small percentages of 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.