Château Branaire (Duluc-Ducru)

St. Julien- Beychevelle Red Bordeaux Blend

9.43 ratings
9.41 pro ratings
St. Julien, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
Red Bordeaux Blend
Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, White Rice, Mushrooms, Pasta, Pork, Salami & Prosciutto, Pungent Cheese, Lamb, Tomato-Based, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Beef, Hard Cheese, Venison
Top Notes For
Palmer Emmitt

Owner/Winemaker Judge Palmer

9.4

It’s been awhile since I’ve had a Bordeaux that spoke to me this much. Still a baby for sure, and really really tight at first, but the nose is intoxicating. The most prominent aromas are stone fruit, leather and to a slightly lesser extent vanilla, but if you breathe deep there’s lavender, clove and kind of a marinara sauce character in a sweet, warming way. I’d also say you can virtually smell the acidity. The palate has a crushed velvet texture - not to say that it’s smooth, because at this point in its evolution, the acid is strong and the tannins are yet to fully resolve, but it sits on your tongue in a comfortable if staid manner, like you’ve sunk into an old couch at a blue-blooded university club. It leaves you with red currant, sour plum, and firm blackberry on the long, but not too eager finish. I’m definitely left wanting more...

It’s been awhile since I’ve had a Bordeaux that spoke to me this much. Still a baby for sure, and really really tight at first, but the nose is intoxicating. The most prominent aromas are stone fruit, leather and to a slightly lesser extent vanilla, but if you breathe deep there’s lavender, clove and kind of a marinara sauce character in a sweet, warming way. I’d also say you can virtually smell the acidity. The palate has a crushed velvet texture - not to say that it’s smooth, because at this point in its evolution, the acid is strong and the tannins are yet to fully resolve, but it sits on your tongue in a comfortable if staid manner, like you’ve sunk into an old couch at a blue-blooded university club. It leaves you with red currant, sour plum, and firm blackberry on the long, but not too eager finish. I’m definitely left wanting more...

May 4th, 2020
Justin

Half bottle @ Total Wine. Fourth growth. While young, not tannic and some nice complexity. Would get more of this.

Half bottle @ Total Wine. Fourth growth. While young, not tannic and some nice complexity. Would get more of this.

Jun 12th, 2020
Brian R

Super tightly coiled blueberry, mocha, tobacco. Excellent. Revisit in 5 years.

Super tightly coiled blueberry, mocha, tobacco. Excellent. Revisit in 5 years.

May 15th, 2020