Château Branaire Ducru

Bordeaux, France   |  2021
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CHAT-BRDU-2021
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93-94+ points. William Kelley, Wine Advocate 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. Why is it quite so good? It isn't because a lot of wine was declassified, as around 60% of the estate's production went into the grand vin this year—a touch more than average. Rather, the key factors seem to be waiting to pick despite an alarming weather forecast; the blend itself, which emphasizes ripe Cabernet and the estate's later-ripening Merlot on clay-limestone soils; and the fact that a partially completed new winery means that Branaire already had fully 63 fermentation vats at its disposal to pick and vinify parcel by parcel. The exact composition is 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.

The 60-hectare vineyard of Branaire Ducru is quite close to what it was at the time of the 1855 Classification, since it was ranked as a Fourth Growth. The terroir is deep gravel with clay soils. The vineyard is planted to 65% Cabernet-Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot.

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  Grower Château Branaire Ducru
  Bottle size 750
  Duty Paid / In Bond In Bond
  Vintage 2021
  Country France
  Region Bordeaux
  Wine Type Red wines

Château Branaire Ducru

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