Château Branaire (Duluc-Ducru)

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend

9.1730 ratings
9.1128 pro ratings
St. Julien, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
Red Bordeaux Blend
Top Notes For
Douglas Braun

Currants ,mushroom, truffle,cigar box

Currants ,mushroom, truffle,cigar box

May 17th, 2019
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9.1

The 2017 Branaire-Ducru offers lovely depth and density. The characteristic dark red/purplish fruit character of Brainaire comes through beautifully. As always, Branaire is a wine of polish and finesse. Stylistically, the 2017 comes across as a smaller scaled and more accessible version of the 2015. If that sounds appealing, well, it is. The 2017 is really quite lovely. Tasted three times. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, May 2018)

The 2017 Branaire-Ducru offers lovely depth and density. The characteristic dark red/purplish fruit character of Brainaire comes through beautifully. As always, Branaire is a wine of polish and finesse. Stylistically, the 2017 comes across as a smaller scaled and more accessible version of the 2015. If that sounds appealing, well, it is. The 2017 is really quite lovely. Tasted three times. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, May 2018)

Mar 7th, 2019
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.4

16 is the most consistent I’ve tasted in all my 20 years. If you are worried about 17 Napa, buy 16 Bordeaux. Ripe, rich, red, purple and blue fruits. Soft and elegant florals and dances on the palate. Great acidity and delicious rich, balanced finish.

16 is the most consistent I’ve tasted in all my 20 years. If you are worried about 17 Napa, buy 16 Bordeaux. Ripe, rich, red, purple and blue fruits. Soft and elegant florals and dances on the palate. Great acidity and delicious rich, balanced finish.

Jan 26th, 2019
Ken Z
9.4

Drank 1/18/19 at the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux event in Miami.  All wines from the 2016 Vintage.

Tasting pour, no formal notes taken.  Most of these wines are very tight, and will require 5-15 years to really come together.  Many will likely improve a few points with time.

Drank 1/18/19 at the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux event in Miami.  All wines from the 2016 Vintage.

Tasting pour, no formal notes taken.  Most of these wines are very tight, and will require 5-15 years to really come together.  Many will likely improve a few points with time.

Jan 25th, 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.

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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