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2023 Chateau Branaire-Ducru

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SKU: SK3554525-750
This has so much lead pencil, stone and blackcurrant character, as well as blackberry. It’s medium-bodied with a solid core of fruit and a polished finish. Very classy and structured. ~ (96) James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com 4-22-2024

The 2023 Branaire-Ducru has turned out beautifully, wafting from the glass with classy aromas of dark berries, plums, pencil shavings and licorice, followed by a medium to full-bodied, cool and layered palate that's seamless, complete and enveloping, with terrific depth and vibrancy of fruit, refined tannins and a long, suave finish. At 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5.5% Cabernet Franc and 3.5% Petit Verdot, it's almost the same blend as the 2022, though at 13.1% alcohol and a pH of 3.63, it's more classically proportioned. Harvest began on September 12 and dragged on through October 4, parcel by parcel, with the vintage's healthy yields meaning the team could use their new winery, equipped with 63 smaller tanks, to keep all those components separate. ~ (94) William Kelley, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 4-26-2024

~ (94) Neal Martin, Vinous 4-27-2024

~ (93) Antonio Galloni , Vinous 4-30-2024

Bright fruits, slate tannins, peony florals, black tea, tobacco and tons of St Julien finesse. Cabernet dominant in aroamtics and fruit character, a delicious Branaire. 53hl/ha yields. ~ (94) Jane Anson, Jane Anson Inside Bordeaux 4-17-2024

Dark fruit with a touch of oak. Juicy and layered with some zest and lift. Clean, dry finish. Medium-bodied. Everything in place. ~ (16.5) James Lawther, JancisRobinson.com 4-19-2024

Located just across from Château Beychevelle, the 2023 Château Branaire-Ducru reveals a dense ruby/purple hue as well as absolute classic notes of red and blue fruits, spring flowers, sappy, and cedarwood. It's medium to full-bodied, has a supple, layered, elegant mouthfeel, remarkable purity, and ultra-fine tannins. It's one hell of a classy, balanced 2023 that will have 20+ years of prime drinking. ~ (95) Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com 5-8-2024
SKU: SK3554525-750
COUNTRY : France
REGION : Bordeaux
PRODUCER : Chateau Branaire-Ducru
FORMAT : 750ml

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