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2005 Branaire-Ducru, St-Julien

SKU #1044044 95 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This is opulent, but with restraint. The fruit is rich, black and delicious. Touches of spice and wood are present, lending complexity to the ripe fruits and balanced tannins. Impressive. (RV) Inner quote mark (6/2008)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Dark red-ruby. Plum, chocolate and some exotic smoky oak on the nose. Lush, smooth and sweet but not at all over the top; offers unusual volume and breadth for Branaire. The exotic aspect carries through on the palate, and yet this wine is holding plenty of material in reserve. Finishes with building tannins and excellent length. Offers superb potential for aging. (ST) Inner quote mark (6/2008)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Floral nuances combined with lots of mulberry, raspberry and sweet blackcurrant fruit are followed by a medium to full-bodied, beautifully pure, textured, complex wine with soft tannin. It should drink well relatively early on (2-3 years) and last 15 or more. (RP) Inner quote mark (6/2015)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Bright dark ruby-red with a pale rim. Blackcurrant, red cherry, minerals and sweet aromatic spices on the enticing, exotic nose. Then pure, clean and refined in the mouth, showing terrific sweetness to the flavors of blackcurrant, black cherry, mocha and wet stone. This sizable wine offers wonderful poise and precision thanks to vibrant but harmonious acidity. The finish is long and seamless, with a plush, tactile mouthfeel. This is an outstanding Branaire-Ducru and easily one of the best wines ever made at the estate. The grapes were harvested between September 20 and October 10. (ID) Inner quote mark (5/2014)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Very floral, showing blueberry, licorice and mineral on the nose. Full and very silky, with beautifully polished tannins. Long and caressing. This is always very well done and good value for the quality. (JS) Inner quote mark (3/2008)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide

Outer quote mark Unabashed in its ripeness and conveying plenty of extract, the Branaire-Ducru is among the weightier workings of the Saint-Julien class of 2005. Its frontal fleshiness reminds a bit of a fine Pomerol, but its ample tannins are those of Left Bank Bordeaux. A deep and sturdy and ageworthy wine, it could do with slightly longer aging than its mates, and eight to ten years in the cellar should do the trick. Inner quote mark (3/2008)

K&L Notes

92 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "The Château Branaire Ducru 2005 has a ripe bouquet with red berry fruit laced with marmalade, cedar and sous-bois. It is a little more approachable than its peers, more expressive. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, a little grainy in texture with a well balanced cedar-infused finish that is quite linear and strict. This will be earlier drinking than other 2005 Saint Juliens, but its easy-going style belies what will probably be a long-term wine." (2/2015)


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