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Chateau Branaire-Ducru Double 2011

Winemaker's Notes:

"A very elegant style, with a violet frame to the supple red currant, blueberry and black cherry fruit flavors that mingle with high-toned spice on the finish. Offers fine-grained structure...90-93" WA 04/12 "This is tight and structured, with blueberry and mineral character. Full and firm with excellent tannins for the vintage. Needs at least four years to soften but shows potential: try in 2018...92" JS 02/14 "With dense fruit and a powerful, complex structure, this is one of the best wines from this chateau. Blackberries, black plums and a rich, generous character are all here, along with fine tannins...94" WE 02/14 "Offers mouthfilling layers of plum sauce, blackberry compote and warm ganache, all lined with a charcoal note that adds texture and length. Delivers depth and polish on the finish, with the fruit echoing pleasantly....92" WS 03/14

Château Branaire-ducru:
This estate was founded when a Jean-Baptiste Braneyre bought part of the neighbouring Chateau Beychevelle estate in 1680. The Duluc name was added when his daughter Marie married a Pierre de Luc and the Ducru name when a Gustave Ducru inherited the estate in 1875.The actual chateau was constructed in 1824.It became a fourth growth in the famous 1855 classification. It was bought by businessma... Read more
This estate was founded when a Jean-Baptiste Braneyre bought part of the neighbouring Chateau Beychevelle estate in 1680. The Duluc name was added when his daughter Marie married a Pierre de Luc and the Ducru name when a Gustave Ducru inherited the estate in 1875.The actual chateau was constructed in 1824.It became a fourth growth in the famous 1855 classification. It was bought by businessman Patrick Maroteaux in 1988 and he has invested a great deal of time and money on the estate and the chateau. There are vineyards spread across the appellation now totaling 60 hectares planted with 70% cabernet sauvignon,22% merlot,4% cabernet franc and 4% petit verdot. The average vine age is 35 years.There is a second wine called Duluc de Branaire-Ducru and there are also 3.5 hectares in the Haut-Medoc appellation and the wine from them is called Haut-Medoc de Branaire-Ducru Read less

External Reviews for Chateau Branaire-Ducru Double

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/14/2012

This wine is based on tannins, yet it also has weight and a complex fruit structure. Its power lies in the density of its texture. Wine Enthusiast. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2011 Branaire-Ducru 1500ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
05/24/2012

70% cabernet sauvignon, 22% merlot, 5% cabernet franc, and 3% petit verdot. Located over 50 hectares, in the southeastern most part of the St. Julien appellation, close to Beychevelle, on alluvial gravel soil. Average vine age is almost 40 years. Bla... Alex Shaw. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2011 Branaire-Ducru 750ml



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"A very elegant style, with a violet frame to the supple red currant, blueberry and black cherry fruit flavors that mingle with high-toned spice on the finish. Offers fine-grained structure...90-93" WA 04/12 "This is tight and structured, with blueberry and mineral character. Full and firm with excellent tannins for the vintage. Needs at least four years to soften but shows potential: try in 2018...92" JS 02/14 "With dense fruit and a powerful, complex structure, this is one of the best wines from this chateau. Blackberries, black plums and a rich, generous character are all here, along with fine tannins...94" WE 02/14 "Offers mouthfilling layers of plum sauce, blackberry compote and warm ganache, all lined with a charcoal note that adds texture and length. Delivers depth and polish on the finish, with the fruit echoing pleasantly....92" WS 03/14

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