2012 Branaire-Ducru, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival)
Full of ripe Cabernet tannins, this is a structured wine that's chunky in character. It elegantly balances fruit and structure, resulting in a wine that's sure to be impressive.
Light, racy and pure, with red currant and cherry pit notes driving a solid hint of rooibos tea on the finish. The finely beaded acidity keeps this going. Not big, but persistent and showing considerable finesse.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(68% cabernet sauvignon, 24% merlot, 5% petit verdot and 3% cabernet franc): Dark ruby. Very rich aromas of red cherry, cassis, cocoa, violet and minerals. Sweet and creamy in the mouth, with tactile red and black fruit and spicy mineral flavors carrying through to the long, perfumed finish, which features big but polished tannins. This lovely wine just screams Saint-Julien in its classically refined delivery of cabernet sauvignon.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Branaire Ducru is a seductive effort that is a credit to this chateau, which did not try to over-extract or push the fruit past what it was capable of providing. The result is an elegant, pretty, mid-weight wine with soft, velvety tannin, spicy mulberry and black cherry fruit, hints of spring flowers and loamy soil undertones, medium body and a moderate finish. Drink it over the next 10-12 years. (RP)