2010 Branaire-Ducru, St-Julien (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1066777 95 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Cellar Selection* This rich, full wine shows the chateau to be at the top of its form. It’s finely balanced, pushing both its fruit and acidity, with the tannins taking the supporting role. With its power leashed, this shows the stylish side of Saint-Julien, although it will certainly age for many years.  (2/ 2013)

94 points James Suckling

 A layered young red with lots of black olives and berries on the nose. Full body, with velvety and chewy tannins. It all comes together at the end with a lovely sweet fruit. Try after 2017.  (2/ 2013)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This wine is more backward than I would have normally expected, but nevertheless, it is very impressive. The 2010 Branaire-Ducru displays an inky bluish purple color and loads of mulberry, raspberry, black currant, graphite and floral notes in its intense aromatics. Medium to full-bodied , with sensational ripeness, purity, texture and length, the tannins are slightly more prominent than I remember from barrel, but they are sweet and ripe (as opposed to astringent and bitter). This beautiful wine needs 4-6 years of cellaring and should keep 25-30 years.  (2/ 2013)

94 points Wine Spectator

 Very polished and stylish, with a velvety feel to the layers of crushed plum, currant and blackberry, while bittersweet cocoa and black licorice glide in on the gorgeous, black tea-infused finish. Features a lovely allure rather than raw power, making this possibly the prettiest St.-Julien of the vintage. There's plenty in the tank for cellaring as well. Best from 2014 through 2030.  (3/ 2013)

90-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright ruby-red. Floral aromas of fresh red cherry, redcurrant, violet, gunflint and minerals. Suave on entry, then pliant and sweet, with a plush texture and a smoky quality to the redcurrant, blackberry and floral flavors. The spicy, aromatic, persistent finish is marked by ripe tannins. This struck me as a less opulent Branaire-Ducru than usual, but I liked its overall balance and light touch.  (6/ 2011)

Jancis Robinson

 Cedary, meaty nose but opens up to more fragrant cassis. Powerful but remarkably fluid and fresh on the palate. Lighter than some at this stage but harmonious. Elegant, cool finish. 17.5/20 points.  (11/ 2012)

K&L Notes

70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23.5% Merlot, 4.5% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. "Producer Patrick Maroteaux continues to fine-tune and turn out a succession of brilliant wines from this chateau," comments Robert Parker, "which sits across the famous Medoc Route du Vin from Beychevelle." (02/2013)

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By: Ralph Sands |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/5/2013  | Send Email
Lovely and bright.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/4/2013  | Send Email
*1/2+ Nice, silky and long. Spicy and lively, this tastes pure and fresh, with a great finish.

By: Melissa Smith |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/4/2013  | Send Email
A very pretty wine with Rainier cherries and baking spices, silky tannins and bright acidity.

By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/1/2011  | Send Email
Pretty nose of pure red fruit and spice. Velvety cherry mid-palate. Seamlessly balanced finish.

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

France

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Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

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.