1996 Ch Branaire Ducru 4ème Cru St Julien

Ch Branaire Ducru 4ème Cru St Julien
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Branaire Ducru
Region
St Julien, Red Bordeaux
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2005-2020
Case Size
12x75cl
Available Now
1996 Ch Branaire Ducru 4ème Cru St Julien
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Branaire Ducru
Region
St Julien, Red Bordeaux
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2005-2020
Case Size
12x75cl
Available Now

In Bond
Case price

£700.00 (Ex. VAT)

Qty
(1 in stock)

Need help? Call +44 (0)20 7793 7900 or email wine@goedhuis.com.

Tasting Notes

Robert Parker, January 1998, Score: 87-88

I do not believe the 1996 Branaire will equal the quality of the 1995. The 1996 is excellent, revealing a deep ruby color with purple nuances (less saturated than many). It is closed aromatically, with some of Branaire's sweet, lead pencil, cranberry, cassis aromas gradually emerging after considerable coaxing. There is some sweet fruit on the attack, but the finish possesses significant tannic clout. Medium-bodied and pure, the 1996 Branaire appears to possess the right component parts, but it is awkward and closed. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2015. Last tasted 3/97.

More Tasting Notes Hide More Tasting Notes

Producer

Château Branaire Ducru

Across the road from Beychevelle lies Château Branaire Ducru. Until 1988, the entire production was sold in France through the Nicolas chain of wine shops. A change in ownership fortunately also changed that policy and Branaire Ducru now takes its rightful place on the international marketplace. Like most Médoc wines, the core of the blend is Cabernet Sauvignon and intensive work in the vineyard ensures optimum ripeness. Château Branaire Ducru aims for a balance of elegance and complexity - a trend which has been apparent since 1989, the vintage after its current owner, Patrick Maroteaux, purchased the château.

Region

St Julien, Red Bordeaux

St Julien is like the middle child of the Médoc - not as assertive as Pauillac or as coquettish as Margaux. It lies firmly between the two more outspoken communes and as a result produces a blend of them both. St Julien's wines have often been sought out by aficionados for their balance and consistency, particularly in the UK. Yet due to its middle child nature, it can occasionally be overlooked globally and as a result underrated by those markets outside the UK. Despite the fact that it has no first growths, it has several second growths including Léoville Las Cases, Léoville Barton, Léoville Poyferré and Ducru Beaucaillou as well as the celebrated châteaux such as Talbot and Beychevelle.

Fine Wine Storage

Fine Wine Storage

Impeccable storage
with Private Reserves

Find Out More
All Our Current Offers

All Our Current Offers

Wines for immediate drinking and for laying down

See more
Wine Broking

Wine Broking

Talk to our expert team about broking or selling your wine

more info