Chateau Branaire-Ducru 2010

Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France

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Item No. 123821
  • red wine
  • collectible wine
  • WE95
  • WS94
  • RP94
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.

Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2011
  • WE94
  • RP93
  • WS92
  • 2008
  • RP93
  • WS91
  • WE91
  • 2000
  • RP93
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Critical Acclaim

"This rich, full wine shows the chateau to be at the top of its form. It's finely balanced, pushing both its fruit and acidity, with the tannins taking the supporting role. With its power leashed, this shows the stylish side of Saint-Julien, although it will certainly age for many years."
95 Points

"Very polished and stylish, with a velvety feel to the layers of crushed plum, currant and blackberry, while bittersweet cocoa and black licorice glide in on the gorgeous, black tea-infused finish. Features a lovely allure rather than raw power, making this possibly the prettiest St.-Julien of the vintage. There's plenty in the tank for cellaring as well. Best from 2014 through 2030."
94 Points

"This wine is more backward than I would have normally expected, but nevertheless, it is very impressive. The 2010 Branaire-Ducru displays an inky bluish purple color and loads of mulberry, raspberry, black currant, graphite and floral notes in its intense aromatics. Medium to full-bodied , with sensational ripeness, purity, texture and length, the tannins are slightly more prominent than I remember from barrel, but they are sweet and ripe (as opposed to astringent and bitter). This beautiful wine needs 4-6 years of cellaring and should keep 25-30 years."
94 Points

"A layered young red with lots of black olives and berries on the nose. Full body, with velvety and chewy tannins. It all comes together at the end with a lovely sweet fruit. Try after 2017. "
94 Points

"Bright red-ruby. Aromas and flavors of cassis, mulberry, minerals, licorice and bitter chocolate. Lush, sweet, deep and densely packed if rather youthfully backward, with terrific material to support its strong vanilla and mocha oak element and its serious but sweet tannins. Ultimately quite seamless but in need of several years of aging to harmonize and express itself more fully. 92(+?) points "
92 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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Critical Acclaim "Currant and black licorice, with a coffee undertone. Plummy. Full bodied, with velvety tannins and a long caressing ...
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