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

SKU #1158933 91-93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Barrel Sample. Full of ripe fruit, this is a fine and rich wine. It has a good balance between fresh acidity and sweet berry fruit. With its bold structure, this is a wine for aging.  (4/ 2014)

91-92 points James Suckling

 A juicy young wine with berry, cherry and currant character. Medium to full body, with well-integrated tannins and a juicy finish. Pure and delicious. Very well done.  (4/ 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.  (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.  (6/ 2014)

Jancis Robinson

 Liquorice, aniseed -- very savoury and dark. Fruit is quite suppressed -- this is very traditional and very successful. Bundles of tannin on the finish. Aristocratic and self-assured. 17.5/20 points. Drink 2023 to 2033.  (4/ 2014)

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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.*

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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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.
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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.