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2020 Branaire-Ducru, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1539474 94-96 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2020 Branaire-Ducru is utterly magnificent. A wine of extraordinary depth and dimension, the 2020 possesses tremendous intensity right out of the gate. Inky dark fruit, chocolate, new leather, licorice, cloves and lavender build as into the explosive, palate-staining finish. I don't think I have ever tasted a Branaire quite like this. (AG) Inner quote mark (6/2021)

93-94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A polished, creamy red with blue fruit, such as blackcurrants, and pretty, ripe and fine tannins that fill your mouth. Inner quote mark (4/2021)

92-94 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2020 Château Branaire-Ducru is vivid purple in color, with a classy, slightly exotic nose of blueberries, plums, violets, and orange blossom, and a kiss of marine-like iron emerging with time in the glass. Medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated, and focused on the palate, it’s not massive by any means yet shines for its balance, purity, and length. Inner quote mark (5/2021)

93 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Blueberry, blackberry, damson and hawthorn, this has juice and tannins with an elegance and really excellent St-Julien character; A lovely Branaire, well placed. Unfussy, this is still not overly exuberant but it has a real sense of sappiness, lift and sinew. (JA) Inner quote mark (4/2021)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2020 Branaire-Ducru displays a deep garnet-purple color and pronounced blackcurrant cordial, plum preserves and boysenberries scents, plus hints of sautéed herbs, unsmoked cigars and graphite. The medium-bodied palate has a lot of verve, delivering appealing tension among the tightly wound black fruits and grainy tannins, finishing with an herbal lift. (LPB) 91-93+ Inner quote mark (5/2021)

K&L Notes

92-94 points Neal Martin in Vinous: "The 2020 Branaire Ducru has a tightly wound bouquet of blackberry, wild hedgerow, freshly tilled loam and distinct sea spray scents, all well defined, albeit 15­–20 minutes after opening my sample bottle. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins, and very cohesive, displaying a keen thread of acidity. Unlike previous vintages, there is impressive density on the midpalate where it once was a little lean, and plenty of energy and tension conveyed by the finish. Excellent." (5/2021)


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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/23/2021 | Send Email
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Tasted from 2 week old sample and itw as still bright and lively. Pretty, black cherry aromas. Very elegant on the palate. Plenty of bright acidity and cassis flavors. Quite forward and ripe. Drink it young.
Drink from 2024 to 2035

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