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2019 Chateau Branaire Ducru

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2019 Chateau Branaire Ducru, St-Julien, Bordeaux, France

The 2019 vintage stands as a proud testament to the ability of Chateau Branaire Ducru to capture and elevate the nuances of an exceptional Bordeaux year. With four decades of wine chronicles in my ledger, it is with keen interest that I delve into the distinctive qualities that define this particular offering from such a quintessential St-Julien producer.


Evocative Elegance: A Vintage Imbued with Potential

Bordeaux’s 2019 vintage was a see-saw of climatic challenges, eventually harmonising into a season conducive to producing wines of profound elegance and balance. The meticulous attention to detail by the vineyard team at Chateau Branaire Ducru has yielded a wine that is articulate in its fruit expression and structured finesse.

Upon first engagement, the bouquet tantalises with a tapestry of blackcurrants and ripe plums, laced with an undercurrent of tobacco and subtle oak nuances. As one explores deeper, hints of graphite unfold, suggesting a quintessential St-Julien minerality that is both alluring and thought-provoking.


Layered Complexity: An Astute Collector’s Delight

The palate confirms the nose's promise, delivering succulent dark fruit core framed by taut tannins - ample yet refined. It is an embodiment of the harmony between power and poise. The 2019 Chateau Branaire Ducru carries its lineage with aplomb while rendering a mouthfeel that entices with silk-like texture unravelling through to a persistent finish.

Viticulturally, 2019 was an episodic dance between adversity and fortune - yet it is precisely this interplay which has accentuated the wine's character. The measured resolve of Chateau Branaire Ducru's expertise shines through in this vintage, creating an exceptional addition suited for prudent investment and future appreciation in complexity.

In sum, the 2019 Chateau Branaire Ducru from Chateau Branaire Ducru encapsulates the spirited resilience of Bordeaux's 2019 season. With an entrancing profile and excellent aging potential, this wine stands as an articulate piece for any serious collector looking to diversify their portfolio with St-Julien's finest.

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Sporting a deep garnet-purple color, the 2019 Branaire-Ducru starts off a little broody, with woodsmoke and graphite-inspired scents giving way to an emerging core of warm cassis, mulberries and fruitcake plus touches of mocha, rose petals and bouquet garni. Medium-bodied, the palate reveals surprising energy with bags of perfumed black fruits juxtaposed by compelling tension and a fine-grained texture, beautifully supporting the tightly knit layers, finishing on a lingering mineral note. If the bottled wine delivers on this promise, I foresee a wonderfully poised, nuanced Branaire-Ducru of the sophistication and caliber that has not been seen for quite some time. Exciting!

Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 9 July 2020

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