2010 Château Branaire-Ducru

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • St. Julien

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Community Tasting Note

  • danielk168 wrote: 88 points

    September 21, 2018 - developing and already fine tannins, however body was quite weak, surprised, storage problems?? Fruit also clearly lacking, lots of woody spicy aromas but not living up to a great vintage. Bottle variation??

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  • Mark1npt commented:

    9/21/18, 6:20 PM - Daniel...may just be a little too early yet. Branaire seems to do best at least 15 years in, on average, and can go many more.

  • Drankard commented:

    9/22/18, 4:40 AM - Shutdown?

  • Mark1npt commented:

    9/22/18, 5:56 AM - Drankard.....Immaturity vs shutdown? Probably in the eye of the beholder. Branaire is an intriguing wine to me and always seems to be underrated by everyone.....and the term 'shutdown', too. Shutdown to me is a wine that is closed and very limited with nothing to offer the drinker yet. Branaire for some reason always has a different 'feel' to me, just seems to need time (15 years) to grow, to build to a beautiful crescendo. Hence, to me, a recent Branaire just always feels immature until it's ready.

  • Purple Tooth commented:

    9/22/18, 7:09 AM - These wines are made in the classic style (no sweetness from fruit, just underlying stuffing for future complexity) they need time (15 years is pretty correct from great vintages such as 2010 to me too- the 2000 is now drinking and the 2005 its still clenched). Don't kill babies and cry. Get a nice stash going and have patience and smile...And learn to love gray, its the new black. Cheers

  • Drankard commented:

    9/22/18, 7:40 AM - Make sense. It's a bad time to open any 2010. Just bought the 15 Branaire, will post a note soon.

  • Mark1npt commented:

    9/22/18, 8:24 PM - OOOOOh Dude....don't open the '15 yet!!!!!!

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