Château Branaire-Ducru 2016

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Parker : 92-94 / 100
J. Robinson : 17 / 20
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2016 Branaire-Ducru is a blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc picked from 28 September until 19 October at 50 hectoliters per hectare, one of the longest harvest periods at the estate. The nose is quite intense with black fruit infused with pencil shaving and a touch of tobacco, unashamedly classic in style, a little distant compared to some other Saint Juliens but undeniably well defined and full of character. The palate is structured and masculine, exerting a firm grip in the mouth, spicier than its peers with cracked black pepper complementing the black fruit, tobacco and smoke towards the structured finish. There is great length here, very persistent in the mouth, a little rougher in texture than others, but that will be smoothed out during élevage and in bottle. Give this Branaire-Ducru five or six years in bottle because it has great potential, one of the best produced at the estate in recent years. (NB This sample was taken from a new barrel, though the final blend will be 60%.)
BordeauxSaint-Julien
Alcool
13.5

Grape varieties
Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Petit Verdot

Dessert wine
Nao

Environment
áAgricultura racional

J. Robinson
17

J. Suckling
95

Vinous - A. Galloni
93+

Wine Spectator
96

Country
França

Wine certification
AOC

Vineyard
Médoc

Regiao
Bordeaux

Denominações
Saint-Julien

Cor
Tinto

Productores
Château Branaire-Ducru

Classificaçao
4e cru classé

Parker
92-94

Alergenos
Contém sulfitos