Red

2009 Château Branaire-Ducru

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • St. Julien
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Community Tasting Notes 130

  • Ianjaig wrote: 91 points

    June 11, 2020 - This impresses right away with a beautiful nose of violets, cherries and a hint of cigar box. The palate is rich, succulent and earthy with vanilla and dark black fruits followed by a strong tannic grip and a long, long finish. Classical in style and whilst drinking beautifully now, I would hold for another 2 - 5 years.
    Day 2 and this has taken on more of a chocolate profile with the tannins a tad muted (best on day 1). Overall this is very good, needs more time but didn’t “wow” me.

    4 people found this helpful Comment
  • rossi.wine wrote: 93 points

    May 10, 2020 - Lovely nose - ripe red and black fruit, liquorice, tobacco, spices. Fresh, generous with round tannins and very good length. Drink or keep. 92-94

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • JanLu Likes this wine: 94 points

    April 7, 2020 - Brilliant, still very youthful. Lots of black fruit, outstanding balance and complex. Long aftertaste

    4 people found this helpful Comment
  • apple1813 Likes this wine: 93 points

    March 21, 2020 - 2009 Château Branaire-Ducru was classy and evolving, and showed great balance among flavours of ripe dark fruits, oak, mint and earthiness. The developing Saint-Julien was medium ruby in colour with noticeable fine sediments. Freshly uncorked, it showed an array of ripe black fruits, blackberries, mulberries and dark plum. Two hours of aeration allowed complexities of ecaulyptus, toast, vanilla, earth and forest floor to unpack. On the palate, it was dry and full-bodied, balanced by medium-high levels of acidity and gripping tannin. Flavours of saline minerality, dried blackberries, tobacco, mint and Oriental spices lingered in a long satisfying finish. It could be enjoyed now in its early maturity, or comfortably aged for at least five years to gain more tertiary notes. The blend composed of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, and 3% Cabernet Franc.

    Château Branaire-Ducru is one of my favourite wineries in Saint-Julien for the balance, complexity, wide availability and relative affordability. When I was studying my undergraduate degree in Hong Kong, I occasionally bought the second label Duluc de Branaire-Ducru from the supermarket and savoured it at the hostel. The approachability of the second label, as well as the interplay of blackberry, red plum and oak spices were just on point.

    5 people found this helpful Comment
  • Tony T Likes this wine: 92 points

    March 21, 2020 - Should probably wait a year or two before opening the next bottle. Not very expressive at the moment.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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  • By John Gilman
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  • By Chris Kissack
    October 2011 (link) 18 points

    (Château Branaire-Ducru (St Julien)) Highly perfumed black fruits here, full of blackcurrants and rose petals, a nose suggestive of a bright, crystalline intensity of fruit. Aromatically an impressive wine, and quite distinctive within the context of the vintage, at this tasting at least. This comes through on the palate too, which shows a perfumed layer first of all, then a more solid frame, which isn't quite as well filled out by the fruit character as I hoped. On returning to it though it does show an admirable weight of fruit with a defined texture, gritty and tangible, which leads into a more tannic finish. This has delightful appeal, and could well be brilliant.

  • By Chris Kissack
    March 2010 (link) (17-18+) points

    (Chateau Branaire-Ducru St Julien) This wine has a lovely concentration on inspection, with a vibrant cherry red. The nose has a cherry aroma, with a confit edge to it, but certainly very rich and pure in terms of fruit definition. The palate is lovely in terms of fruit definition, with good grip around the edges, Fresh acids, rather soft but building tannins with the usual rich and velvety feel of the vintage. Supple and quite juicy fruit, and a sappy finish. Really good character here, and plenty of potential.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2009
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château Branaire-Ducru
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Médoc
  • Appellation St. Julien
  • UPC Codes 3364420020633, 3419466180046, 3448821405180, 3563680177792, 3760114631152, 3760114631169, 3760114631183, 3760114631190, 3760114632166, 639737593402, 649185001923, 649944111900, 810910020261, 9300633311643

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 459 (5%)
  • In Cellars 7,523 (79%)
  • Consumed 1,491 (16%)

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