2013 Branaire-Ducru, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1158933 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 0 This estate has produced an impressive wine for the vintage. It balances acidity, tarry wood flavors and ripe black-berry fruits. Initially it is still showing its structure more than fruit, although this will even out as it matures. (RV)  (3/2016)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The dense ruby/purple-colored 2013 Branaire Ducru reveals a floral, blueberry and raspberry-scented nose that leans toward the bluer/redder fruit spectrum indicative of a cooler year. The tannins are sweet; the wine is medium-bodied; and the texture is impressive in this pure, long effort. (RP)  (8/2014)

89-92 points Wine Spectator

 An elegant, floral style of St.-Julien, with violet and lilac notes out front, followed by rooibos tea, red currant and bitter cherry flavors. The long, stony finish has ample acidity and drive. This should develop into a charmer. (JM)  (4/2014)

91 points James Suckling

 Some currant and cooked plum character, underlying dried flowers. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. Balanced and pretty.  (2/2016)

90 points Decanter

 Fine deep colour and fine vineyard expression, good depth, balance and class for the future. (SS)  (4/2014)

87-90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Saturated medium ruby. Spicy blackberry, espresso, cedar, flowers and a whiff of green coffee bean on the nose. Tight, minerally and high-pitched on the palate, with blackberry, spice and coffee flavors nicely carried by smooth tannins and brisk acidity. Offers noteworthy intensity and flavor interest for a 2013, but finishes with green notes emerging. Tasted from three different bottles on two different days, with very similar notes. (ID)  (6/2014)

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Staff Image By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/13/2014 | Send Email
Braniare Durcu- Honest as they come! Bright, fresh, elegant wine with tart cherry fruit. This tasty wine will be a lovely early drink.*

Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/13/2014 | Send Email
Patrick Maroteaux, who happens to be one of the nicest men in all of Bordeaux, strives to craft the best possible wine from his large estate. The 2013 is a very good wine with a beautiful nose of fresh berries along with a viscous mouthfeel and hints of red licorice and dark berry fruit. Good length with a full finish.

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Saint Julien

- St. Julien, the smallest of the four famous appellations of the Haut Medoc, is known for highly extracted, finely structured, Cabernet-based reds. It is nestled between Pauillac to the north and Margaux to the south. Like St. Estephe, there are no first growths in this area. Leoville-las-Cases, Leoville Poyferre, Leoville Barton, Ducru Beaucaillou, and Gruard Larose are the second-growths of St. Julien followed by Lagrange which is the only third-growth. Beychevelle, Branaire Ducru, St. Pierre, and Talbot, which are all fourth-growth wines, round out the grand cru classe chateaux. In the last several vintages, wineries from this appellation have been out-performing their traditional rankings making many of the wines from this region some of the best values in red wine today.