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Date Printed: 12/18/2014
Chateau Branaire-Ducru  2005
Chateau Branaire-Ducru 2005
(search item no. 96203)
collectible wine
older vintages

The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 12/18/2014: $99.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 89 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Bouquet is still quite closed, but beginning to develop a very wide aromatic range - ripe fruit, complex notes, mineral and floral hints combine with spicier aromas.

This outstanding vintage has lavish substance and is dense, fleshy and bursting with strength. The balance and elegance of the tannins on the finish are superb.

Very long keeping. Do not open for at least another 4 or 5 years.

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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 wines of the Medoc.

Just before the war, the vineyard became run down and many Bordeaux critics felt it no longer deserved its rank as a Second Growth. During the Medoc Classification of 1855, the Chateau was rated as a Fourth Growth. In 1942 the Borie family purchased the vineyard completely revamped the vineyard and it began receiving top ratings amongst the Second Growths. Successive generations of the Borie family oversee all winemaking operations.