2013 Branaire-Ducru, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival)
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.
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.
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. It should drink well for 10-12 years.
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.
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.
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.