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Branaire 2003

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"95 points Robert Parker: 'Proprietor Patrick Maroteaux, president of Unions des Grands Crus Classes, is pulling out all the stops to make Branaire as alluring as several of the Leovilles and Ducru Beaucaillou. 2003 and 2004 may be the finest back-to-back vintages ever produced at Branaire. Even better than the 1982, the profound 2003 Branaire Ducru boasts a saturated plum/purple color as well as an extraordinarily complex nose of black currants, blackberries, espresso roast, white chocolate, minerals, and truffles. It displays amazing freshness and definition for such a complex, complete, and full-bodied wine. A brilliant effort in the vintage, it will undoubtedly close down in several years and need more time, but perhaps its low acidity and huge, extravagant fruit-forwardness will keep it drinking well over the next two decades. A brilliant wine!"" (04/06) 93 points Wine Spectator: Opulent aromas of blackberry, olives and toasted oak follow through to a full-bodied palate, with big chewy tannins and a long, long finish. Big and muscular wine. Best after 2009. (JS) (3/06) Decanter: 4 Stars Very deep ruby, very fine floral nose, violets and elegance on palate, lovely, silky tannins, a beautiful, classy Saint-Julien. 2009-20. Steven Tanzer 92: Sexy aromas of raspberry, mocha and milk chocolate. Fat, sweet, rich and full; a large-scaled, seamless wine with terrific volume. Just a hint of exotic roasted character on the palate-caressing finish. As appealing as this is right now, it appears to be shutting down in the bottle. (05/06) Farr Vintners 15.5: 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 4.5% Petit Verdot, 3.5% Cabernet Franc. Yields down to a mere 29 hl/ha. More Cabernet and less Merlot than normal. Good plump fruit like Beychevelle with an attractive nose of ripe fruit and creamy vanilla and a hint of cedar. All the elements in balance on the palate. Patrick Maroteaux told us that this is the best Branaire made here since he took charge in 1988. Jancis Robinson 17: Very dense with good refreshment. Fine tannins. Serious wine that has not been overdone. (4/04) """

External Reviews for Branaire

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/20/2014

One of the great estates of southern Saint-Julien producing wines whose regularity in succeeding vintages is remarkable. For 2003 Branaire has produced a dark wine with dry powerful tannins coming from very ripe fruit. The wood is dry and toasty leaving a general impression of a wine that will age at a stately pace. Wine Enthusiast.


External Review
Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
07/11/2007

This may very well prove to be the finest Branaire ever produced. The heat of the year produced very low yields that resulted in wines of uncommon richness yet the vineyards were expertly managed avoiding the raisin character that plagues many 03's. Explosive red fruits, subtle coffee, cocoa, and toffeed oak notes, and deep minerality all combine to yield a wine that will serve as a benchmark for years to come. Exceptional!


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/22/2009

One of the great estates of southern Saint-Julien, producing wines whose regularity in succeeding vintages is remarkable. For 2003, Branaire has produced a dark wine, with dry, powerful tannins coming from very ripe fruit. The wood is dry and toasty... Wine Enthusiast. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2003 Branaire-Ducru 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/20/2014

Opulent aromas of blackberry olives and toasted oak follow through to a full-bodied palate with big chewy tannins and a long long finish. Big and muscular wine. Best after 2009. 15 000 cases made. JS Wine Spectator.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
10/20/2010

Opulent aromas of blackberry, olives and toasted oak follow through to a full-bodied palate, with big chewy tannins and a long, long finish. Big and muscular wine. Best after 2009. 15,000 cases made. -JS Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2003 Branaire-Ducru 1500ml



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"95 points Robert Parker: 'Proprietor Patrick Maroteaux, president of Unions des Grands Crus Classes, is pulling out all the stops to make Branaire as alluring as several of the Leovilles and Ducru Beaucaillou. 2003 and 2004 may be the finest back-to-back vintages ever produced at Branaire. Even better than the 1982, the profound 2003 Branaire Ducru boasts a saturated plum/purple color as well as an extraordinarily complex nose of black currants, blackberries, espresso roast, white chocolate, minerals, and truffles. It displays amazing freshness and definition for such a complex, complete, and full-bodied wine. A brilliant effort in the vintage, it will undoubtedly close down in several years and need more time, but perhaps its low acidity and huge, extravagant fruit-forwardness will keep it drinking well over the next two decades. A brilliant wine!"" (04/06) 93 points Wine Spectator: Opulent aromas of blackberry, olives and toasted oak follow through to a full-bodied palate, with big chewy tannins and a long, long finish. Big and muscular wine. Best after 2009. (JS) (3/06) Decanter: 4 Stars Very deep ruby, very fine floral nose, violets and elegance on palate, lovely, silky tannins, a beautiful, classy Saint-Julien. 2009-20. Steven Tanzer 92: Sexy aromas of raspberry, mocha and milk chocolate. Fat, sweet, rich and full; a large-scaled, seamless wine with terrific volume. Just a hint of exotic roasted character on the palate-caressing finish. As appealing as this is right now, it appears to be shutting down in the bottle. (05/06) Farr Vintners 15.5: 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 4.5% Petit Verdot, 3.5% Cabernet Franc. Yields down to a mere 29 hl/ha. More Cabernet and less Merlot than normal. Good plump fruit like Beychevelle with an attractive nose of ripe fruit and creamy vanilla and a hint of cedar. All the elements in balance on the palate. Patrick Maroteaux told us that this is the best Branaire made here since he took charge in 1988. Jancis Robinson 17: Very dense with good refreshment. Fine tannins. Serious wine that has not been overdone. (4/04) """

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