Château Branaire (Duluc-Ducru)

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend

9.1801 ratings
9.1131 pro ratings
St. Julien, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
Red Bordeaux Blend
Top Notes For
Eric

Deep purple color. This wine needed two hours to open up before displaying black cherry and cola notes followed by tar and black pepper. A rich, powerful pour in 2019 that is sure to improve for 10+ years. Cheers!

Deep purple color. This wine needed two hours to open up before displaying black cherry and cola notes followed by tar and black pepper. A rich, powerful pour in 2019 that is sure to improve for 10+ years. Cheers!

Dec 21st, 2019
Kenny Baldridge

This has come a long way. Everything I love about Bordeaux.

This has come a long way. Everything I love about Bordeaux.

Sep 17th, 2019
Douglas Braun

Currants ,mushroom, truffle,cigar box

Currants ,mushroom, truffle,cigar box

May 17th, 2019
John Willison

Black fruit, leather, tannins. Lingering finish. Definitely Bordeaux.

Black fruit, leather, tannins. Lingering finish. Definitely Bordeaux.

Dec 14th, 2018
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.2

Steak & claret, it doesn’t get much better! The 06 has hit a nice window in its the evolution. Showing beautiful St. Julien softness & elegance.

The nose reveals dark currants & cassis. Ripe; blackberries, dark cherries, plum, blueberries, strawberries and creamy black raspberries. Black cherry cola, forest floor, limestone minerals, dry stones, mint, cedar, graphite, leather, tobacco leaf with dark fresh florals and bright violets.

The body is round, lush and full. The tannins are round, tarry, soft and ripe. The tension is just starting to relax. The structure still solid. The length & balance coming into its own. Lots of dark currants & cassis. Ripe; blackberries, bright dark cherries, plum, blueberries, strawberries and creamy black raspberries. Black cherry cola, red licorice, dark, damp forest floor, limestone, sandy dry soil, dry clay, minerals, dry stones, mint, Provence herbaceous notes, dark spice, good penetrating cedar plank, plenty of graphite, leather, tobacco leaf with dark fresh florals and bright violets. The acidity is magnificent. The long finish is ripe, elegance, evenly balanced fruit & earth and lasts minutes. Very good 🥩 wine.

Happy Birthday Sofia! 🎉🎊🎂 🎈Love you! 🌺

As good of window it’s in tonight, still needs another 5-8 years in bottle. Slight better with steak than on its own. 2 hour decant on review.


Steak & claret, it doesn’t get much better! The 06 has hit a nice window in its the evolution. Showing beautiful St. Julien softness & elegance.

The nose reveals dark currants & cassis. Ripe; blackberries, dark cherries, plum, blueberries, strawberries and creamy black raspberries. Black cherry cola, forest floor, limestone minerals, dry stones, mint, cedar, graphite, leather, tobacco leaf with dark fresh florals and bright violets.

The body is round, lush and full. The tannins are round, tarry, soft and ripe. The tension is just starting to relax. The structure still solid. The length & balance coming into its own. Lots of dark currants & cassis. Ripe; blackberries, bright dark cherries, plum, blueberries, strawberries and creamy black raspberries. Black cherry cola, red licorice, dark, damp forest floor, limestone, sandy dry soil, dry clay, minerals, dry stones, mint, Provence herbaceous notes, dark spice, good penetrating cedar plank, plenty of graphite, leather, tobacco leaf with dark fresh florals and bright violets. The acidity is magnificent. The long finish is ripe, elegance, evenly balanced fruit & earth and lasts minutes. Very good 🥩 wine.

Happy Birthday Sofia! 🎉🎊🎂 🎈Love you! 🌺

As good of window it’s in tonight, still needs another 5-8 years in bottle. Slight better with steak than on its own. 2 hour decant on review.


Nov 3rd, 2018
Eric Egan

Solid old-school St Julien. Exactly that berry/tobacco/cedar combination that you expect and delight in on the nose (with a hint of rose) and a great depth and persistence on the palate. Perhaps not the longest or most complex of wines but I’d take it over a modern style Bordeaux any day!

Solid old-school St Julien. Exactly that berry/tobacco/cedar combination that you expect and delight in on the nose (with a hint of rose) and a great depth and persistence on the palate. Perhaps not the longest or most complex of wines but I’d take it over a modern style Bordeaux any day!

Oct 30th, 2018
Matt Lasater

Gorgeous, soft and true to soil and varietal. Everything I want in Bordeaux, honest and drinking great. I hate to call it simple, but its no-frills character makes for a lovey vin de terroir

Gorgeous, soft and true to soil and varietal. Everything I want in Bordeaux, honest and drinking great. I hate to call it simple, but its no-frills character makes for a lovey vin de terroir

Sep 14th, 2018
Chris MacLean

Should be really lovely in 4-5 years.

Should be really lovely in 4-5 years.

May 17th, 2018
Cathy Corison

Owner/Winemaker Corison Winery

8.9

2009 Claret tasting with tasting group. My 5th, group 3rd. Green olives, brown sugar. Angular. Youthful.

2009 Claret tasting with tasting group. My 5th, group 3rd. Green olives, brown sugar. Angular. Youthful.

Jan 29th, 2018
Darren Guillaume

This vintage is 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc. This houses website lists the percentage of varietals in the vineyard. Decant for sediment only. The window is perfect, and should remain ideal for next 8 years. Plenty of acids for a 4ème Cru created in a rainy year. Last tasted 5 years ago and needed over 2-3 hours to open. Simply yum.

This vintage is 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc. This houses website lists the percentage of varietals in the vineyard. Decant for sediment only. The window is perfect, and should remain ideal for next 8 years. Plenty of acids for a 4ème Cru created in a rainy year. Last tasted 5 years ago and needed over 2-3 hours to open. Simply yum.

Dec 6th, 2017