Château Branaire-Ducru, Cru Classé Saint Julien 2020
Available En Primeur
Saint-Julien once again greets the 2020 En Primeur campaign, this time by way of the iconic 4ème Cru Château Branaire-Ducru, situated in the extreme south of the appellation, just opposite an equally renowned Château Beychevelle.
Appreciated for the left bank’s more ethereal, delicate expressions of cabernet-led cuvées, the region enjoyed a very dry July and August last year through which this star château’s 2020 vintage is rendered a lovely concentration of fruit whilst retaining its typical floral elegance and freshness.
And a star millésime it is, too: with 2020 now poised to complete a triumvirate of historic vintages in Bordeaux, and with yields down 20%, we fully expect another swift, sell-out performance from Branaire-Ducru this year.
With the late owner Patrick Maroteaux’s extensive technical improvements introduced over the past twenty years at the Château, Branaire-Ducru ranks indisputably among Saint-Julien's finest. The 2020 is 70% cabernet sauvignon, 26% merlot, 2% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot, grown in 60 Ha of deep, gravelly soil, having spent 16-20 months in a sensible 60-65% new oak. Fresh raspberry, red currant and graphite abound, with a well-defined, grippy structure that delivers chiselled, sweet and bitter blackberry on the finish.
"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. 3% Cabernet Franc completes the blend."
93 pts, Jane Anson, www.decanter.com
"The 2020 Branaire-Ducru displays a deep garnet-purple colour 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."
91 - 93+ pts, Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate
|*En Primeur - Please note, this wine is available En Primeur. The price shown is not inclusive of UK duty and VAT, which will be payable at the prevailing rate upon delivery from bond. It will be shipped in Spring - Summer 2023 and we'll contact you once they've arrived.|
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