2018 Château Branaire-Ducru, Cru Classé St-Julien

This is an estate on the rise, and the 2018 might just be the best yet. Lovely density of fruit flora character, with beautiful delicacy and finesse. Long and elegant with wild flowers filling the mouth.

Critic score
94/100
Pricing
Bottle
From a client
6 available
£44.20

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Saint-Julien, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    65% Cabernet Sauvignon
    28% Merlot
    4% Petit Verdot
    3% Cabernet Franc
  • Maturity
    Young 2024 - 2045
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2018 Château Branaire-Ducru, Cru Classé St-Julien

TASTING NOTES

The deep garnet-purple colored 2018 Branaire-Ducru begins just a tad reduced with broody tar, rubber and fried herbs scents giving way to a fragrant core of warm cassis, blackberry pie and blueberry coulis with touches of smoked meats and tobacco. Full-bodied, firm and rugged in the mouth with brawny, muscular fruit and a sturdy frame of grainy tannins, it finishes long and savory.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019)
(92—94)/100

Branaire-Ducru has managed to produce an exceptionally balanced and refined St-Julien in a year when that was not the easiest task. Depth and complexity is clear, although it's just a little held back right now. The architecture is such that there are walls to scale and depths to plumb, but with less generosity overall. 53hl/ha yield.

Jane Anson, Decanter (April 2019)
(93)/100

This is a fantastic Brainaire with deep and dark fruit, such as blackberries and blackcurrants. Lots of raspberries, too. Full-bodied with firm and creamy tannins and a super long finish. We will see if it’s better than 2016, but on its way.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (April 2019)
(95—96)/100

The 2018 Branaire-Ducru is fabulous. Bright, lifted and impeccably precise, the 2018 is one of the best recent Branaires I can remember tasting. The 2018 is distinguished by its vertical lift, striking aromatic intensity and exceptional balance. Lavender, rose petal, gravel, mint and sweet red/purplish berry fruit are all given an extra kick of textural richness. More than anything else, I was blown away by the wine's density and precision. The 2018 is dazzling. There's not much else to say. Well, except the obvious question, which is why is Branaire not at this level every year? The 2018 is 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc. Tasted three times.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (April 2019)
(93—96)/100

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