Chateau Branaire-Ducru 2005
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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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.