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Château Branaire-Ducru 2000

$188.00 per bottle

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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.

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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.

Robert Parker
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
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.
Name Château Branaire-Ducru
Vintage 2000
Type Rouge / Red
Appellation Saint-Julien
Classification 4em Cru Classé (4th growth)
Grape Varieties Cabernet Sauvignon; Merlot; Cabernet Franc
Format 375ml
Average Age of Vines 35 years old
Production 150,000 bottles
Soil Deep quaternary gravels with clay in the subsoil
Winemaking Fermentation in stainless-steel vats at 26-28c followed by 3 weeks' maceration by parcels.
Ageing 16-20 months in oak barrels (60-65% new oak)
Website http://www.branaire.com/
Food Pairings Game Animals; Beef; Charcuterie
Occasions Romantic Dinner; Celebrations; Business Dinner; Anniversary
When to Drink Enjoy over the next 5 Years