2011 Branaire-Ducru, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival)
This wine is based on tannins, yet it also has weight and a complex fruit structure. Its power lies in the density of its texture.
A very pretty red with flowers, blackberries, and blueberries. Full and silky with racy tannins and a long finish. Some hints of cocoa and pleasant bitterness. Well structured.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A top-notch effort from this estate, the 2011 exhibits an exotic perfume of lead pencil shavings, white chocolate, raspberry jam and red as well as black currants. Loads of fruit, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel and velvety tannin suggest this beauty will drink well for 15+ years. It is one of the stars of the appellation in this vintage. Bravo!
A very elegant style, with a violet frame to the supple red currant, blueberry and black cherry fruit flavors that mingle with high-toned spice on the finish. Offers fine-grained structure.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Opaque deep purple-ruby. Penetrating, perfumed blackcurrant, mint and balsamic vinegar aromas are complicated by a candied violet note. Enters the mouth very fresh and smooth, then turns richer and fuller in the middle, with bright acids lifting the ripe, sweet black fruit flavors at the back. Finishes with building tannins and considerable freshness--not to mention sneaky concentration and excellent balance.
Peppery, fresh dark fruit, cassis and cassis leaf. Chocolatey oak on the palate but still fresh and juicy.
½* Fine richness on palate. Should be fine. Good effort for the vintage.