2022 Ch Branaire Ducru 4ème Cru St Julien - 6x75cl
  • Colour Red
  • Producer Château Branaire Ducru
  • Region St Julien
  • Drinking 2030 - 2048
  • Case size 6x75cl
  • Available En Primeur

2022 - Ch Branaire Ducru 4ème Cru St Julien - 6x75cl

  • Colour Red
  • Producer Château Branaire Ducru
  • Region St Julien
  • Drinking 2030 - 2048
  • Case size 6x75cl
  • Available En Primeur
Case price: £237.00 In Bond
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  • Neal Martin, April 2023, Score: 95-97

    The 2022 Branaire Ducru was harvested from 12-24 September at 34.5hL/ha, the blend representative of their vineyard plantings. This feels refined and focused on the nose with plush red berry fruit, dried rose petals and orange rind scents. Classic Branaire. The palate is fresh on the entry with pliant tannins. It's very well structured to the degree that it conveys a sense of symmetry. Lightly spiced toward the finish with notes of graphite lingering on the aftertaste, this represents an excellent Branaire Ducru that will age over many years and will surely appeal to those seeking more classical Saint-Julien. Tasted three times and was more impressive each time. Branaire-Ducru continues its upward trajectory under proprietor François-Xavier Maroteaux. 14.3% alcohol. Drink 2030-2065

  • Wine Advocate, April 2023, Score: 95-97

    A brilliant wine that's the finest young vintage I've tasted at this Saint-Julien estate, the 2022 Branaire-Ducru wafts from the glass with aromas of violets, blackberries, sweet cassis, licorice and pencil shavings, followed by a medium to full-bodied, layered and multidimensional palate that's succulent, sapid and perfumed, framed by supple tannins and concluding with a long, mouthwatering finish. It's a blend of 60.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31.5% Merlot, 5.5% Cabernet Franc and 2.5% Petit Verdot that checks in at a healthy pH of 3.65. Why is it so good this year? In addition to the quality of the vintage, the new gravity-flow winery means fruit can be handled more gently, and picked more precisely, sub-block by sub-block, as the team now have fully 63 vats at their disposal, almost double their capacity through 2020. Given the Maroteaux family's sensible approach to pricing, this is likely to number among the must-purchase wines of the 2022 vintage, and it comes warmly recommended.

  • Antonio Galloni, April 2023, Score: 94-96

    The 2022 Branaire-Ducru is a powerhouse, almost unnaturally so for this Saint-Julien, which is usually a more understated wine. A blast of dark plum fruit makes a pretty strong first impression. Licorice, cloves, spice, menthol and chocolate fill out the layers. Readers should expect a concentrated, virile Saint-Julien with compelling aromatic presence. In this warm, low-yielding vintage, Branaire is quite the brooding powerhouse. It will be interesting to see if more finesse develops in time. Impressive. Tasted two times. Drink 2030-2052.

  • Goedhuis, April 2023, Score: 95-97

    I have so many fond memories of some wonderful wines from this fine Fourth Growth, first under Patrick Maroteaux and now his son François-Xavier, but the 2022 is unquestionably one of the best ever Branaire Ducrus. This is a wine of outstanding quality and so much personality. A new winery allows for more precise winemaking for the 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 32% Merlot (with the remainder made up of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc) and a very fine tannic balance. So floral aromatically, with rose petal, violet, lavender and elderberry. It possesses the characteristic central core of taut fruit that typifies the estate’s terroir, but with a newfound finesse. The finish is deliciously spiced with freshly brewed coffee characters. Long and very classy.

  • James Suckling, April 2023, Score: 96-97

    The fine and intense tannins are very impressive because they fold beautifully into the wine, with blackcurrants, black cherries, hints of chocolate and hazelnuts. It's full-bodied with tight and focused fruit and a long and classy finish. Fantastic definition to this. Fresh. 60.5% cabernet sauvignon, 31.5% merlot, 5.5% cabernet franc, and 2.5% petit verdot.

  • Jeb Dunnuck, April 2023, Score: 95-97

    An absolute gem of a Saint-Julien, the 2022 Château Branaire-Ducru clocks in as 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, and the balance Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Pure cassis, black raspberries, spicy wood, and dried flower notes all define the aromatics, and it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, a silky, elegant, beautifully balanced mouthfeel, and terrific tannins. In addition, it has a sense of freshness and purity that keeps you coming back to the glass. It's clearly the finest wine I've tasted from this château, which going forward merits serious attention.

  • Matthew Jukes, April 2023, Score: 18.5+

    Château Branaire-Ducru (4ème Cru Saint-Julien) 60.5 Cabernet Sauvignon, 31.5 Merlot, 5.5 Cabernet Franc, 2.5 Petit Verdot 60% new oak 14.3% alc 3.65 pH This is another beautiful vintage for Branaire. In textbook style, it follows this Château’s template of a rich, all-encompassing nose, darker-hued fruit than neighbouring estates, an indulgently layered mid-palate, and a controlled, perfectly-oaked backbone. In addition, a degree of swagger and confidence is compelling, making this more than just a tasty wine. In 2002, Branaire-Ducru has an aura of grandeur that kicks it up a level into ‘Gold-score-territory’. Congratulations to the team here because every element of this wine has been sensitively augmented without overstepping the mark. The result is a wine I want to drink now and for the next couple of decades!

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. Ch...Read more

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.Read less

Region

St Julien

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.