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Château Branaire Ducru Médoc Frankrijk Rood Saint Julien 1998

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Snooth User: Nicki
3.50 5

Tasted September 2008: The wine still has an unevolved, deep colour, which perfectly matches its bouquet and taste. This is an occasionally underpreforming Saint-Julien, and so is the 1998 vintage. Scented, spicy, slightly meaty in the nose, and with a whiff of herbaceousness, the wine seems unable to mature and soften. The taste too shows lead-pencil spiciness but is somewhat coarse and compact. Though tasty, masculine, mouth-filling and with a classic Médoc finesse, the massive tannins are slightly dry and the wine obviously lacks charm and roundness. It's all structure. The aftertaste is fresh and clean, but as with so many 1998 Médoc wines, this Branaire-Ducru is rather subdued and restrained. I wonder whether this wine will ever come around. A long haul wine that could dry out in the next decade. Drink through 2016.

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