Chateau Branaire-Ducru (Futures Pre-sale) 2011

Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France

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Item No. 116440
  • red wine
  • WE94
  • WS93
  • JS93
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Critical Acclaim

"This wine is based on tannins, yet it also has weight and a complex fruit structure. Its power lies in the density of its texture.
Barrel Sample: 92-94 Points"
94 Points

"A very elegant style, with a violet frame to the supple red currant, blueberry and black cherry fruit flavors that mingle with high-toned spice on the finish. Offers fine-grained structure.
Barrel Sample: 90-93 Points"
93 Points

"A top-notch effort from this estate, the 2011 exhibits an exotic perfume of lead pencil shavings, white chocolate, raspberry jam and red as well as black currants. Loads of fruit, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel and velvety tannin suggest this beauty will drink well for 15+ years. It is one of the stars of the appellation in this vintage. Bravo!
Barrel Sample: 91-93 Points"
93 Points

"A very pretty red with flowers, blackberries, and blueberries. Full and silky with racy tannins and a long finish. Some hints of cocoa and pleasant bitterness. Well structured.
Barrel Sample: 92-93 Points"
93 Points

"Opaque deep purple-ruby. Penetrating, perfumed blackcurrant, mint and balsamic vinegar aromas are complicated by a candied violet note. Enters the mouth very fresh and smooth, then turns richer and fuller in the middle, with bright acids lifting the ripe, sweet black fruit flavors at the back. Finishes with building tannins and considerable freshness--not to mention sneaky concentration and excellent balance.
Barrel Sample: 88-91 Points"
91 Points

Learn About Chateau Branaire-Ducru

Chateau Branaire-Ducru's 120 acres is located in the St. Julien region of France and has such famous neighbors as Cheateau Gruaud-Larose, Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou and Chateau Beychevelle. The name, given by the former owner Monsieur Ducru, means beautiful pebbles. One of the main features of the vineyard is its richness in pebbles which contribute to the greatness of so many...

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Learn About St-Julien

(saint juhl-e-EHN) Cozy Commune The smallest of the top four Haut-Medoc communes, St-Julien is directly south of Pauillac. With no first growths to its name, the commune often goes overlooked. But it has 11 excellent second, third and fourth growths, and the highest proportion of classified growths of the top four. It doesn't have the concentration and powerful punch of a...

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Learn About Bordeaux Red Blends

Bordeaux Blends The Fab Five With so much history under its belt, it's no wonder that Bordeaux has figured out the recipe to produce amazing wines. Centuries of making (and drinking) wine led to the blend that has become synonomous with Bordeaux. Winemakers in the New World replicate this formula to create successful blends in their respective regions - you may see Bordeaux blends...

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