A visit to Branaire-Ducru and meeting and tasting with owner Patrick Maroteaux provided an excellent opportunity to get better acquainted with the style at this superbly equipped chateau. This is St-Julien for Burgundy lovers, the emphasis on balance, elegance, finesse. It is a must buy for a high quality-price ratio.
92-95 points, Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, April 2010 90-92 points, Neal Martin, erobertparker.com, April 2010 90 points, Jean-Marc Quarin, quarin.com, April 2010 17.5 points, Steven Spurrier, Decanter, April 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 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. 92-95 points
Tasted at the château and at the UGC. A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, some of the Merlot (28%) plots reached 14.8%, the overall alcohol is 13.55% and pH 3.53. The Petit Verdot (4%) had very high quality tannins with good finesse, and 3% from old Cabernet Franc. A bright garnet core. The nose is well defined, quite elegant, but perhaps