Chateau Branaire Ducru 2003Chateau Branaire Ducru 2003

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Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Sub-Region: Saint Julien

WS 93 WA 95 Decanter 4


"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." -Rated 93, Wine Spectator

"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!" -Rated 95, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

"Very deep ruby, very fine floral nose, violets and elegance on palate, lovely, silky tannins, a beautiful, classy Saint-Julien. 2009-20. " -Rated 4 Stars, Decanter