2001 Branaire-Ducru, St-Julien

SKU #1009881 95 points Wine Enthusiast

 **Editors' Choice** This is a marvelously complete wine, with its impressive ripe fruit, shining through the open structure. It is firm, but not too much. Stone black fruits are just perfectly ripe. There is just a core of dryness to compliment the rest of the wine.  (12/2007)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This is a deep ruby/purple-colored, stylish, sexy concoction of raspberries, graphite, smoke, minerals, and flowers. The complex aromatics are followed by a medium to full-bodied, seamless St.-Julian displaying velvety tannin, medium body, and sweet concetrated fruit in a stylish, well-constructed, elegant style. The tannin is unobtrusive and well-integrated. (RP)  (6/2004)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good full ruby-red with a pale rim. Aromas of cassis and aromatic herbs are complicated by strong nuances of truffle and minerals. Dense, juicy and suave, displaying very pure, persistent flavors of cassis, gunflint, cedar and sweet spices. This wine really impresses with to its impeccable balance and sneaky concentration. It's drinking perfectly now, but also has the structure and acid spine to age effortlessly another 20 years. The grapes were harvested later than usual, between October 1 and 14.  (3/2014)

90 points Wine Spectator

 This is wonderfully perfumed, with blackberry, plum and light cherry character. Full-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a medium finish. Outstanding. Close to the 2000 in quality. Best after 2007.  (3/2004)

Jancis Robinson

 Mid ruby. Very light scent with a hint of game. Just a tiny bit animal. Good bite and orange-peel zest. Good balance and a hint of mint too. Solid stuff. Drink 2011-2025. 17/20 points.  (3/2011)

K&L Notes

75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13