Red

2008 Château Branaire-Ducru

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • St. Julien
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Community Tasting Notes 56

  • jcrives Likes this wine: 93 points

    July 11, 2019 - Outstanding bordeaux...should drink well for years to come

  • hsacks Likes this wine: 93 points

    July 9, 2019 - This bottle was more complex and integrated and longer on the palate than the 7/26/18 bottle.

  • pinotwok Likes this wine: 90 points

    April 10, 2019 - In der Nase Sauerkirsche, Cassis, rote Johannisbeere, Leder, Tabak, Würznoten. Am Gaumen schlank und frisch mit einer gewissen Eleganz, die kühle Frucht ist etwas undifferenziert aber hat ein schönes Extrakt, mineralische Anklänge, Cabernet-Würze, das adstringierende Tannin ist gut integriert aber noch deutlich präsent. Trinkt sich heute schon gut, dürfte in 3-5 Jahren aber noch besser sein.

  • PSanDiego Likes this wine: 95 points

    December 16, 2018 - On my 10th bottle, 2 left. Paid $75. With great Bordeaux, one drinks the bottle empty before it reaches its golden state. same with BD. It has a very pleasant sour cherry taste that mellows with decanting. I will try to buy more. Jeff Leve has the best description of the wine.

  • Redguy wrote:

    October 28, 2018 - First bottle from a six pack stored in cellar since release. Shy and primary. Tasted over a 5 hr period from decanter. Aromas and flavors played a game of hide and seek over that time. Little to no pleasure.

    Recent tasting notes here suggest an evolutionary ebb, though none seemed as closed as mine. YMMV

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  • By Jancis Robinson
    3/2/2018 (link)

    (Ch Branaire-Ducru St-Julien Red) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Neal Martin
    2008 Bordeaux: A Day In A Life (Feb 2018), 2/18/2018 (link)

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  • By Richard Hemming MW
    2/1/2018 (link)

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  • By Jane Anson
    2008 Bordeaux 10 Years on, 1/1/2018 (link)

    (Château Branaire-Ducru, St-Julien, Red) Subscribe to see review text.

Vinous

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

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  • By Gary Walsh
    8/8/2012 (link)

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    July/August 2011, IWC Issue #157 (link)

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  • June 2009, Issue #24 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    5/4/2009 (link)

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Vinous

  • By Ian D'Agata
    May/June 2009, IWC Issue #144 (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    1/21/2011 (link) 90 points

    (Château Branaire-Ducru) Dark red violet color; cassis, cedar, coffee nose; tasty, tart cassis, coffee, cedar palate; medium finish (68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot)

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  • By Chris Kissack
    October 2010 (link) (16.5-17+) points

    (Chateau Branaire-Ducru (St Julien)) Dark, warm and slightly woody fruit here, rather tightly closed rather than evocative at first, although returning to it later did reveal a greater depth of more polished fruit. Moderate weight on entry at best, a lighter style through the midpalate where it is a little woody and the tannins come to dominate in the midpalate. Like Saint-Pierre, rather more grippy and structured than the fruit can handle at present. Dark and sooty. A vin de garde which will require long cellaring.

  • By Chris Kissack
    April 2009 (link) (17-18+) points

    (Chateau Branaire-Ducru St Julien) Highly perfumed and aromatic fruit, almost exotic in character, with plenty of sweet cherry. The palate is pure and supple, glossy but gently mineral on the midpalate. Very nicely balanced, with good, ripe, nicely polished tannins. It finished very nicely too. This is really exciting wine.

  • By Chris Kissack
    May 2012 (link) 16.5 points

    (Château Branaire-Ducru (St Julien)) Attractive if rather low-key fruit character here, with nutty-oak elements more prominent than the fruit at present. There is some real substance on the palate, gentle and harmonious in style, although the structure does have more prominence than the weight of fruit seems able to cope with at present. There is grip and tannins aplenty, giving the wine plenty of palate-coating substance, but the substance and texture of the wine lags behind for the moment. Nevertheless, there is potential here.

  • By Chris Kissack
    November 2012 (link) 16.5 points

    (Château Branaire-Ducru (St Julien)) Some charming and confident aromatics here, with scents of well-defined red fruits with some lightly applied oak. The palate starts off rather soft and supple, perhaps even a little low key, but there is an elegant composure to it; there is a delicate red fruit character which appeals, and the tannins seem appropriate for this character. An elegant and composed wine which should come together nicely given time.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2008
  • 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, 3760102400999, 3760114631152, 3760114631183, 400001372654

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 149 (6%)
  • In Cellars 1,917 (77%)
  • Consumed 428 (17%)

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