Red

2009 Château Branaire-Ducru

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • St. Julien
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Community Tasting Notes 125

  • Wink Likes this wine: 93 points

    February 5, 2020 - My first bottle of this case. Dark garnet. Nose of blackberry, blueberry, mint, cedar, and graphite. Medium palate of blackberry, cassis, and anise. Excellent length. Refreshing acidity. Youthful tannins. Integrated oak. Delicious wine.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • up4wine wrote: 93 points

    January 9, 2020 - Was ranked #3 by group at '09 vs. '10, although it was my 1st place wine. Excellent, rich fruit with grand balance and smooth middle. The integration seems complete with a wonderfully long finish. It was decanted for 2.5 hrs before tasting and had another1.5 hours before it was really singing.

    6 people found this helpful Comments (2)
  • tbabes wrote: 90 points

    December 28, 2019 - Popped, poured and consumed over the course of dinner and the following 2 hours. This bottle was clearly not ready for prime time drinking, and I will do my best to not open another until 2025. Primary notes of black fruits, hints of vanilla, mocha and earth. Lacking in depth and texture at this moment, a bit stern on the mid palate. Fingers crossed that 5-10 more years in the cellar brings out some magic!

    5 people found this helpful Comments (1)
  • wineappreciation wrote: 91 points

    December 25, 2019 - Blackberry, gravel, hints of cassis, cigar box; decanted for two hours: a little thin, linear, fruitful, young though tannins are not harsh, a bit too new world, will surely improve with age but unclear how much

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • bonedoc wrote: 94 points

    November 20, 2019 - Decanted and drank over two hours. Unmistakably Cabernet based , concentrated dark red and purple fruits, hints of cocoa, silky and a medium length finish. Great qpr.

    4 people found this helpful Comments (1)
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  • By Jane Anson
    Château Branaire-Ducru vertical, 12/14/2018 (link)

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  • By Jeb Dunnuck
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  • By Ian D'Agata
    Oct-13, IWC Issue #10158, 10/1/2013 (link)

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  • By Julia Harding, MW
    4/30/2013 (link)

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    July/August 2012, IWC Issue #163 (link)

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  • By Ian D'Agata
    May/June 2010, IWC Issue #150 (link)

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  • By John Gilman
    Mar/Apr 2010, Issue #26, The 2009 Bordeaux Vintage- Futures’ Glory?

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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, 3448821405180, 3563680177792, 3760114631152, 3760114631169, 3760114631183, 3760114631190, 3760114632166, 639737593402, 649185001923, 649944111900, 810910020261, 9300633311643

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 483 (5%)
  • In Cellars 7,346 (80%)
  • Consumed 1,304 (14%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

rich food, steak

Who Likes This Wine

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