The history of the Château Branaire-Ducru began when in 1680 Jean-Baptiste Braneyre acquired the estate: it was already a property of excellence. But the consecration really took place when the domain was raised to the rank of 4th Classified Growth in 1855. Very quickly, the desired spirit for Branaire Ducru’s wine was defined: a policy of high quality of production highly demanding for the expression and complexity of wines. The estate also creates a second wine : Duluc de Branaire-Ducru.
This vineyard of 59 hectares with an historic soil is located on the most beautiful gravelly hills of the Saint-Julien appellation. The balance of the parcels of each grape variety is preserved because the property, which maintains the age of its vines at 35 years, strives to renew the generations quietly, at a rate of two or three hectares per year.
Deep garnet colored, the 2010 Branaire-Ducru starts off just a little bit tired, with roasted nut, balsamic and stewed plum notions giving way to hints of dusty soil, sautéed herbs and dried mulberries. Full-bodied, the palate has a good amount of dried berry flavors with a chewy texture and stewed tea notes on the finish.
[89 points – Lisa Perrotti-Brown – Mar 2020 -robertparker.com ]