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2018 Branaire-Ducru, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival) SKU #1407916

Price: $64.99

WS 94-97 JS 95-96 WE 94-96
VN 93-96 RP 92-94 DC 93
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K&L Notes

92-94 points Neal Martin in Vinous: "The 2018 Branaire-Ducru was picked from 19 September until 10 October at 53hl/ha and it is currently being aged in 60% new oak. Now this has a really fine bouquet, classic in style but with more fruit intensity than the 2017: blackberry, bilberry, cedar and a touch of singed leather. It is very Saint-Julien. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannin. Notes of blackcurrant, raspberry, black pepper and cedar with fine acidity and more substance on the finish compared directly with the preceding vintage. Having visited this property for 20 years, I can safely say that this is the most impressive Branaire-Ducru that I have encountered at this stage." (11/2019)

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Staff Reviews

  • Trey Beffa
    By: Trey Beffa
    5/6/2019
    K&L Staff Member
    Loaded with red fruits, hints of cola and spice, long and sweet core of middle fruit, long, fleshy and silky. This is going to be one of my "must buys" from this vintage. Excellent!
  • Clyde Beffa Jr.
    By: Clyde Beffa Jr.
    5/1/2019
    K&L Staff Member
    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. Fabulous wine in 2018.
    Drink from 2025 to 2045
  • Ralph Sands
    By: Ralph Sands
    5/1/2019
    K&L Staff Member
    In my opinion Saint-Julien is definitely a sweet spot in the 2018 vintage. Branaire is an absolute beauty! Prue, plump red fruit with great freshness, elegance and most importantly great tasting and a complete wine. This wine hits all the marks of greatness and is a 3 Star wine and one of the best wines of the vintage. It will drink a bit earlier and give more pleasure than most wines in 2018. Ralph Sands
  • Alex Schroeder
    By: Alex Schroeder
    4/30/2019
    K&L Staff Member
    Tasted at Branaire Ducru during En Primeur week. Immediately out of the barrel this is a pretty wine, with rich, mouth-watering red fruit flavors of cola berry and cherry with herbs and licorice and a very subtle toast. It has perfectly integrated, approachable tannins and a very long fresh finish. 14.3% abv
  • Ryan Moses
    By: Ryan Moses
    4/16/2019
    K&L Staff Member
    I've always admired Branaire Ducru, but I've never been captured by a vintage of their wine in the same way as their splendid 2018. A core of bright red fruit and hint of cherry cola carries to a resounding finish. It is intense, full, but always refined. Tasted on four occasions, it never ceased to be one of the best wines in the room and is one of the great highlights of a superlative St-Julien vintage.

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