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  • By Ian D'Agata
    Oct-13, IWC Issue #10158, 10/1/2013, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Chateau Branaire Ducru Saint-Julien (Pre-Arrival)) Login and sign up and see review text.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2008, IWC Issue #138, (See more on Vinous...)

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Vinous

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2007, IWC Issue #132, (See more on Vinous...)

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2006, IWC Issue #126, (See more on Vinous...)

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Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    November 2009, (See more on Winedoctor...) 17.5-18+ points

    (Chateau Branaire-Ducru St Julien) I find it difficult to remember the characteristics of individual wines, unless they are unparalleled successes or truly dismal failures. Tasted upon release, Branaire-Ducru was one of the former. At four years of age it is still attractive, well defined, with a very direct style of fruit together with some smoky overtones, and there are also notes of dried herbs and autumn leaves coming in at the edges. The palate shows a lot of substance, broad and polished with a crunchy outer shell, but it doesn't quite have the generosity of texture or the richness of fruit to match. Some of the substance seen in previous tastings is still here, but I note that it seems very withdrawn and closed today. An awkward phase I suspect. I still think this will be excellent given time.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    1/18/2008, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 85 points

    (Château Branaire-Ducru) Dark red violet color; nice, rich raspberry and plum nose; tight, tart plum palate; short medium cliff finish 85+ pts.

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  • By Chris Kissack
    October 2007, (See more on Winedoctor...) 17+ points

    (Chateau Branaire-Ducru St Julien) The nose here shows attractive fruit aromatics, with plenty of very open cherry and raspberry characteristics. When I tasted this en primeur I noted that it needed to flesh out a little, and indeed the palate shows it has done just that. It has a fairly dense structure with a full, creamy, rather seamless composition. There is a firm core of tannin hidden beneath. This seems much less paradoxical in its nature than when I last tasted it, but the likely outcome is no different. This should be just fine.
  • By Chris Kissack
    April 2006, (See more on Winedoctor...) 17-18 points

    (Chateau Branaire-Ducru St Julien) This doesn't quite have the depth of intensity of colour that many other wines of this vintage demonstrate, although it is quite vibrant in the glass. Certainly it has plenty of appeal on the nose, with an aromatic, peppery, nutty, violet-tinged raspberry and blackberry fruit profile. This leads onto a palate that is elegant and balanced, infused with minerals and full of character. Behind it there is a very firm tannic backbone - which I missed on first tasting, the aromatics and fruit are so startling - pervading through to the finish. Needs to put on a little weight en barrique. Good length. This has an unusual character, paradoxically light and yet powerful, but should be fine, and is certainly a top effort from proprietor Patrick Maroteaux.

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