Château Branaire-Ducru 2000 (375ml)

Château Branaire-Ducru 2000 (375ml)

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Château Branaire-Ducru is situated on the opposite side of the road from Château Beychevelle in the south of the St-Julien appellation. Patrick Maroteaux has owned the property since 1988 and he has invested heavily in new plantings as well as installing a spanking new cuvier and an ultra-modern chai.

Branaire-Ducru's 60 hectares of vineyards are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon (70%), Merlot (22%), Cabernet Franc (5%), and Petit Verdot (3%). The wines are matured in oak barriques (65% new). The proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend is even higher than that in the vineyards: 80-85% in most years, which is one of the highest in the Médoc.

Branaire-Ducru produces a pure and classic St-Julien which is elegant, ripe, supple, and well-balanced. It is classified as a 4ème Cru Classé.

Notes and Reviews

Robert Parker (94)

A beautiful wine from Branaire, the 2000 is close to full maturity, and should offer plenty of pleasure over the next 15-20 years. Its deep ruby/purple hue is accompanied by scents of boysenberries, black currants, and spring flowers. This medium- to full-bodied, pure St-Julien hits the palate with authority, displaying silky tannins as well as wonderful richness, depth, and texture.

Stephen Tanzer – International Wine Cellar (92)

Good medium ruby. Deep, smoky aromas of cassis, raspberry, leather, chocolate, and roasted oak. Sweet, supple, and thick but not at all heavy. A very concentrated wine with lovely sweetness of fruit and terrific mouth coverage. Really spreads out on the back end, which features broad, ripe tannins and terrific length.

Product Details

Vintage 2000
Grape Varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot
Viticulture Conventional
Type Red
Age of Vines 35 years old
Vinification Fermentation in stainless-steel vats at 26-28c followed by 3 weeks' maceration by parcels.
Elevage 16-20 months in oak barrels (60-65% new oak)
Production 150,000 bottles
Soil Type Deep quaternary gravels with clay in the subsoil
Website http://www.branaire.com/