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Duluc de Branaire-Ducru Red Bordeaux Blend St. Julien 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

"Haut couture becomes a wine! This dense purple wine has the tell-tale notes of flowers and pencil shavings, and its broad aromatics are intense and totally captivating. Powerful, rich, and full, but less tannic than the 2005 and more opulent, this is *a dazzling Branaire*." *-Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (96 Points)*

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 Duluc de Branaire-Ducru Red Bordeaux Blend St. Julien

External Review
Source: Millesima USA LLC
05/18/2010

1 x 375ML Half Bottle


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/22/2010

Only time will tell whether the 2009, another great effort from Branaire, will eclipse the 2005 and 2003. Certainly at 13.6% alcohol it is the most powerful Branaire ever made, and the final blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, and the rest C... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2009 Branaire-Ducru 1500ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/05/2012

65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, and 3% Cabernet franc. A sweet, seductive nose of raspberry and rainier cherry, mixed with more subtle notes of mint and forest floor. Big, firm tannins coat the palate, and carry the fruit along ... Alex Shaw. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2009 Branaire-Ducru 375ml


External Review
03/22/2012

Only time will tell whether the 2009, another great effort from Branaire, will eclipse the 2005 and 2003. Certainly at 13.6% alcohol it is the most powerful Branaire ever made, and the final blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot showcases what a great vintage 2009 is for Cabernet Sauvignon. An inky/blue/purple color is followed by raspberry, boysenberry, crushed rock, graphite, and floral notes, and an opaque, broad, dense, substantial, impressively structured wine without any hardness. It requires 4-5 years of cellaring, and should last four decades or more. (Tasted two times.)


External Review
Source: Millesima USA LLC
06/30/2010

Records of the Branaire-Ducru estate go back to the 17th century and the château was classified a fourth top growth in 1855. Château Branaire-Ducru currently has fifty hectares of vines, mostly old Cabernet Sauvignon, located in the commune of Saint-Julien.The wine is outstandingly elegant, with a highly individual flavour typical of the finest that its prestigious appellation can offer. Since 1991, the wine has been made in a state-of-the-art vatroom using gravity flow. This enables the grapes to be handled with the utmost care in order to bring out the pure taste that expresses the quality of the vineyard. The wine is château-bottled after traditional ageing in oak barrels. Branaire-Ducru has a second wine, Duluc de Branaire-Ducru, which is primarily made from young vines.


External Review
Source: Millesima USA LLC
05/18/2010

1 x 5000ML Jéroboam


External Review
Source: Millesima USA LLC
05/18/2010

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"Haut couture becomes a wine! This dense purple wine has the tell-tale notes of flowers and pencil shavings, and its broad aromatics are intense and totally captivating. Powerful, rich, and full, but less tannic than the 2005 and more opulent, this is *a dazzling Branaire*." *-Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (96 Points)*

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