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2017 Branaire-Ducru, St-Julien 6-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1359062 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)

92-93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This is very tight and focused with a precise depth of blackberry and blueberry fruit. Full body, melted tannins and a fresh and vivid finish. Shows a compacted style. Inner quote mark (4/2018)

90-93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark The plum and cherry paste flavors show good energy, with floral lift and sleek graphite accents adding to the sense of range and definition. Well done. (JM) Inner quote mark (4/2018)

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 Decanter

Outer quote mark Still has the blush of primeur on the nose, that tight intake of breath that you get with a very young Bordeaux. It has an extremely expressive fruit character, purple and pure, an accessible tannic hold that is actually pretty silky, revealing lots of black chocolate, slate and spiced plum. Balanced, elegant St Julien, and clearly deepened over ageing. (JA) Inner quote mark (12/2018)

88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Branaire-Ducru gives up notes of baked black berries, red cherries and mulberries with touches of potpourri and smoked meats. Medium-bodied with a lively line lifting the good concentration of red and black fruits, it has a chewy frame and grippy finish. (LPB) Inner quote mark (4/2018)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Very deep crimson, one of the deepest. Looks very healthy! Some silkiness on the nose – quite a surprise! A tribute to the late Patrick Maroteaux? So polished and fine. Really rather beautiful. Umami, unforced but definitely St-Julien. I seem to like this much more than Julia liked the sample she tasted. There’s a slight suggestion of leafiness but not excessively so. 16.5/20 points. (JR) Inner quote mark (5/2018)

K&L Notes

PLEASE NOTE: This product is 6 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 6-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in pulp shippers to protect the bottles, with the wood case shipped separately. Will Call or Local Delivery orders can be handled as intact OWCs. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions. 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. (NM)" (02/2020)

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/1/2019 | Send Email
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Xavier Maroteaux has fashioned a delicious wine in 2018. Tasted three times- 58% CS, 33%M, and mix of PV and CF to finish. Elegant wine with ripe roses on the nose and palate. Lush wine with sweet, ripe tannins. Fresh and full with some tannin evident. A beauty of a wine from a great property.
Drink from 2022 to 2040

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