Ch Branaire Ducru 2021

4e Grand Cru Classé

Saint Julien

€ 44.04/ Per fles min. 12 flessen

Vinous – Antonio Galloni – 93-95/100
The 2021 Branaire-Ducru is sleek, elegant and nuanced. There is more
Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc in the blend than in the 2018-
2020 period, when the Merlots were especially successful. As a result, the
aromatics are absolutely alluring, but the wine is much less forthcoming
on the palate. At 12.9% alcohol, the 2021 is a classically austere Branaire
that looks like it will need quite a bit of time to blossom. It is undoubtedly a
very pretty wine, even if not fully expressive at this stage. Dark cherry,
plum, chocolate, leather and rose petal linger.

Robert Parker – The Wine Advocate – 93-94+/100
Having tasted the 2021 Branaire-Ducru six times over the course of a month and a half, I feel confident in saying that it is a beautiful wine that numbers among the vintage’s real successes. Offering up aromas of raspberry coulis and red cherries mingled with notions of rose petals, cigar box and spices, it’s medium to full-bodied, ample and seamless, with a layered core of fruit, lively acids and beautifully powdery tannins. Why is it quite so good? It isn’t because a lot of wine was declassified, as around 60% of the estate’s production went into the grand vin this year—a touch more than average. Rather, the key factors seem to be waiting to pick despite an alarming weather forecast; the blend itself, which emphasizes ripe Cabernet and the estate’s later-ripening Merlot on clay-limestone soils; and the fact that a partially completed new winery means that Branaire already had fully 63 fermentation vats at its disposal to pick and vinify parcel by parcel. The exact composition is 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.

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