2018 Chateau Branaire-Ducru St Julien

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JS97

Over-performing Branaire-Ducru is on top form with the rich and dense 2018. “This is a fantastic Brainaire with deep and dark fruit, such as blackberries and blackcurrants. Lots of raspberries, too. Full-bodied with firm and creamy tannins and a super long finish.” – James Suckling

Varietal:
Proprietary Red
Winemaker:
Jean Dominique Videau
Vintage:
2018
Aging:
16-20 months
Oak Treatment:
French Oak; 60% new
Appellation:
Bordeaux
Sub-Appellation:
St. Julien
Alcohol %:
14.0%
SKU #:
1038975
Size:
750 ml Bottle
JS97

James Suckling

Very attractive aromas of currants, tile and sandalwood with black and red currants. It’s full-bodied with a tight, dense center-palate that remains closed in and tight. Yet there is underlying seriousness and length to this. Perhaps the greatest Branaire-Ducru ever made. Try after 2026

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Vinous

The 2018 Branaire-Ducru is every bit as captivating as it was en primeur. Ripe, silky tannins give the 2018 a striking air of sensuality that only grows as the wine sits in the glass. Succulent red/purplish fruit, lavender, rose petal, mint, spice and gravel inflections all open more over time. Even with all of its natural radiance, Branaire remains a model of grace. It is unquestionably one of the under the radar wines of the year.