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.
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For the grand cru classe that carries the name of the estate, we seek to bring out the lavish complexity, the secret, clever balance that characterises great Saint-Julien wines. more
This vintage has a complex bouquet that combines fresh fruit and mineral hints with smooth spicy notes. Supple, juicy and aromatic on the palate. This wine is sheer enjoyment and can be enjoyed in two to three years, but it will continue to improve over the next decade.
Blend: 63% Cabernet... more
Very rich bouquet that still remains quite closed - ripe, but fresh fruit, mineral hints, notes of cedar and subtle spice. Attractive structure on the palate that is powerful and elegant at the same time, and perfectly classical. This wine has a long future before it. Wait another 4 to 5 years... more
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... more
A Bordeaux blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc.
A very pure, fruity nose, still extremely young, with a lot of finesse. Woody hints perfectly well integrated into the fruit. Classic, dense, complex and pleasant on the palate. Delicate and gorgeous... more