2018 Château Branaire-Ducru

ETA Spring 2021

$52.99

36 in stock

Appellation: Saint-Julien

Ratings: WS 94-97  JS 95-96  WE 94-96  AG 93-96  RP 92-94  DC-93

Size: 750 ml

36 in stock

Description

94-97  Wine Spectator
“This is well-packed, with blueberry, açaí and blackberry fruit flavors and licorice snap and fruitcake notes. Long and refined despite the copious fruit, showing polish and poise through the finish.” James Molesworth (3/2019)

95-96  James Suckling
“This is a fantastic Brainaire with deep and dark fruit, such as blackberries and blackcurrants. Lots of raspberries, too. Full-bodied with firm and creamy tannins and a super long finish. We will see if it’s better than 2016, but on its way.” (4/2019)

94-96  Wine Enthusiast
“This is a dense wine that is built by firm tannins, bright acidity and great fruitiness. Its structure is fully integrated into the blackberry fruits that give a rich wine that has a fine future.” (4/2019)

93-96  Antonio Galloni for Vinous
“The 2018 Branaire-Ducru is fabulous. Bright, lifted and impeccably precise, the 2018 is one of the best recent Branaires I can remember tasting. The 2018 is distinguished by its vertical lift, striking aromatic intensity and exceptional balance. Lavender, rose petal, gravel, mint and sweet red/purplish berry fruit are all given an extra kick of textural richness. More than anything else, I was blown away by the wine’s density and precision. The 2018 is dazzling. There’s not much else to say. Well, except the obvious question, which is why is Branaire not at this level every year?” (4/2019)

92-94  Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“The deep garnet-purple colored 2018 Branaire-Ducru begins just a tad reduced with broody tar, rubber and fried herbs scents giving way to a fragrant core of warm cassis, blackberry pie and blueberry coulis with touches of smoked meats and tobacco. Full-bodied, firm and rugged in the mouth with brawny, muscular fruit and a sturdy frame of grainy tannins, it finishes long and savory.” Lisa Perroti-Brown (4/2019)

93  Decanter
“Branaire-Ducru has managed to produce an exceptionally balanced and refined St-Julien in a year when that was not the easiest task. Depth and complexity is clear, although it’s just a little held back right now. The architecture is such that there are walls to scale and depths to plumb, but with less generosity overall.” Jane Anson (4/2019)

Additional information

Weight 3 lbs
Dimensions 3 × 3 × 12 in

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