Chateau Branaire Ducru Saint-Julien 2009

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Tasting Notes

Only time will tell whether the 2009, another great effort from Branaire, will eclipse the 2005 and 2003. Certainly at 13.6% alcohol it is the most powerful Branaire ever made, and the final blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot showcases what a great vintage 2009 is for Cabernet Sauvignon. An inky/blue/purple color is followed by raspberry, boysenberry, crushed rock, graphite, and floral notes, and an opaque, broad, dense, substantial, impressively structured wine without any hardness. It requires 4-5 years of cellaring, and should last four decades or more. (Tasted two times.) Drink 2014-2054. Score:92-95 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (188), April 2010.

Food Pairing Suggestions

Cheese, Duck, Grilled preparations, Mushrooms, Red Meat, Roasted Root Vegetables, Wild Game

France, Bordeaux
Grape Varietal:
70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc
$103.00 each