This rich, full wine shows the chateau to be at the top of its form. It’s finely balanced, pushing both its fruit and acidity, with the tannins taking the supporting role. With its power leashed, this shows the stylish side of Saint-Julien, although it will certainly age for many years. *Cellar Selection*
Wow, this is still knitted in, hunkered down, you feel the tannic frame, cradling the intense fruit that majors on spiced damsons and blackcurrants. What a vintage, and still really nowhere near being ready. I would suggest drinking the 2011 right now if you want a younger Branaire, this needs another five or six years. But there is liquorice, slate, cigar smoke, still pretty austere today, not generous, and yet full of life and edges. Drinking Window 2021-2045. (JA)
A layered young red with lots of black olives and berries on the nose. Full body, with velvety and chewy tannins. It all comes together at the end with a lovely sweet fruit. Try after 2017.
This wine is more backward than I would have normally expected, but nevertheless, it is very impressive. The 2010 Branaire-Ducru displays an inky bluish purple color and loads of mulberry, raspberry, black currant, graphite and floral notes in its intense aromatics. Medium to full-bodied , with sensational ripeness, purity, texture and length, the tannins are slightly more prominent than I remember from barrel, but they are sweet and ripe (as opposed to astringent and bitter). This beautiful wine needs 4-6 years of cellaring and should keep 25-30 years. (RP)
Deep ruby. Sexy aromas of balsamic red cherry, blackcurrant, cinnamon, vanilla and minerals, lifted by captivating nuances of red rose and violet. Then incredibly pure, fresh and suave in the mouth, with lush, very refined flavors of fresh red berries, minerals and sweet spices. Deep and very concentrated on the seamless, luscious, impressively long finish. Great wine: this strikes me as being one of the four or five best wines ever made at the estate, even better than the 2009, and I probably underrated it at the Primeurs, when I scored it 'only' 90-93. Harvested between September 27 and October 14. (ID) 94+
Very polished and stylish, with a velvety feel to the layers of crushed plum, currant and blackberry, while bittersweet cocoa and black licorice glide in on the gorgeous, black tea-infused finish. Features a lovely allure rather than raw power, making this possibly the prettiest St.-Julien of the vintage. There's plenty in the tank for cellaring as well. Best from 2014 through 2030. (JM)
Bright red-ruby. Aromas and flavors of cassis, mulberry, minerals, licorice and bitter chocolate. Lush, sweet, deep and densely packed if rather youthfully backward, with terrific material to support its strong vanilla and mocha oak element and its serious but sweet tannins. Ultimately quite seamless but in need of several years of aging to harmonize and express itself more fully. (ST)
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