2017 Branaire-Ducru, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1355620 94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2017 Branaire-Ducru is all class and finesse. Bright and focused, the 2017 speaks with a clear, well-articulated voice. I especially like the energy here. Soft and understated in the classic Branaire style, the 2017 offers notes of red and purplish fruit intermingled with expressive floral and spice notes. The 2017 is such a pretty Saint-Julien. (AG) Inner quote mark (3/2020)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark An elegantly structured wine, this is both juicy and packed with tannins. Ripe berry flavors are equally prominent in this balanced wine. The wine’s future is promising... (RV) Inner quote mark (1/2020)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A polished style, with a perfumed mesquite note draped over a core of plum and blackberry puree flavors. The finish lingers, with a mineral hint amid the fruit. Pure and aromatic. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2032. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2020)

90-92 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The deep purple-colored 2017 Château Branaire-Ducru offers a fresh, focused, classic style in 2017. Beautiful spring flowers, black and blue fruits, and a kiss of minerality all emerge from this medium-bodied effort that has nicely integrated acidity, a balanced, clean texture, and plenty of mid-palate depth. My money is on this ending up being an outstanding wine. Inner quote mark (4/2018)

91 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Notes of raspberries and orange peel with tar on the nose and palate. Medium body, firm and silky tannins and a fresh, lively finish. Pleasing young red. Better after 2021. Inner quote mark (12/2019)

Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2017 Branaire-Ducru gives up plum preserves, baked blackcurrants, kirsch and boysenberries with hints of earth, tobacco, herbs and pencil lead. Medium-bodied, the palate is fresh and clean with herbal sparks and a slight chew to the texture, finishing savory. (LPB) Inner quote mark (3/2020)

K&L Notes

91 points Neal Martin for Vinous: "The 2017 Branaire Ducru has a fresh bouquet with lifted brambly red fruit mixed with cedar and woodland aromas - classic Saint-Julien. The oak here is nicely integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with light tannins, mainly red fruit mixed with leather and cedar. It needs just a little more substance on the mid-palate and it tapers in towards the finish. But it does feel fresh and vigorous, providing pleasant drinking over the next couple of decades." (02/2020)

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By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/18/2018 | Send Email
We tasted Branaire 3 times and it was delicious all 3 times. Brilliantly fresh, pure and extremely elegant with red fruits of cherries, cranberry and cassis, fantastic balance and finish. This is one of the stars of the vintage and the epitome of elegance. Ralph Sands

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/2/2018 | Send Email
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We think St Julien may be the best region in Bordeaux for 2017. Unfortunately this great property lost its leader in December. 65% CS, 24%M, and mix of PV and CF to finish. Red fruit aromas and flavors-quite elegant on the palate. Very good wine and priced decently.
Drink from 2020 to 2030

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