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1996 Branaire-Ducru, St-Julien

SKU #110414 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Dark red with a hint of amber at the rim. Aromatic nose of red cherry, cedar, graphite and orange peel, complicated by a leafy note. Fresh, clean flavors of redcurrant and spicy herbs linger well on the juicy, high-acid finish. Improved considerably in the glass, showing sneaky concentration and depth. This is a lovely example of a Bordeaux made in a past, cooler era, with Cabernet grapes that were most likely not completely ripe. However, the mild leafy character adds complexity and refinement. Harvested between September 23 and October 8. (ID) Inner quote mark (3/2014)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Deep crimson with some development at the rim. Low-key nose, only starting to unfurl but there is a promising amount of Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated fruit here. Not the subtlest wine but quite lip smacking and with quite a future ahead of it. Inner quote mark (2/2011)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark My concerns about the 1996 Branaire turning out too tannic were unfounded. Tasted three times out of bottle, it is a textbook Branaire, with a tell-tale floral, raspberry, and black currant-scented nose intermixed with minerals and floral nuances. Elegant and pure, with surprising lushness and sweet, well-integrated tannin ... (RP) Inner quote mark (4/1999)

Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Lots of sweet tobacco, currant and cigar box character on the nose. Little herbal. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a light tobacco and fruit aftertaste. (JS, Web-2007) Inner quote mark

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