2016 Chateau Branaire-Ducru, Saint-Julien (750ml) »FUTURES«

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2016 Chateau Branaire-Ducru
# FRBDCS16AE
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Sub-Region: Saint-Julien
Grape Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Score: 97WE, 97WS, 96JS, 96CM, 95V

This is a FUTURES item. 2016 futures will begin arriving in 2019. > 36 bottles available.

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Superbly ripe and juicy, this is a solid, powerful wine that also is packed with black currant fruits. It is richly structured, concentrated and ready for long-term aging.

95-97 points, Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (2017)

A fresh bay leaf note leads off, followed quickly by pure, enticing layers of cassis, blackberry and black cherry fruit that emerge steadily through the long finish. Offers lovely mouthfeel and purity. A very pretty expression of St.-Julien.

94-97 points, James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (Apr 2017)

This is clearly the best wine I have tasted from Branaire-Ducru. Exquisite depth and richness are on offer, yet this is always framed and focused. Layers of fruit and tannins. So deep and long. Incredible quality.

95-96 points, James Suckling (Apr 2017)

Nearly opaque; black purple in color. For 2016 (64% Cabernet, 27% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc), the estate reports their harvest was extended longer than any other on record – echoed at other top performers for 2016. Layers upon layers of the bluest Cabernet fruits on the nose and palate – plums, dates, currants – which seem to last for minutes. Dense, structured, ripe, very, very long in the mouth, with majestic minerality and tannins, finishing with a precise smokey edge and beautiful balance.

94-96 points, Christopher Massie, B-21 Head Fine Wine Buyer (Apr 2017)

Branaire-Ducru is gorgeous in 2016. A rush of inky blue/purplish fruit, licorice, violet, lavender and dark spices give the wine its rich, textured feel. Gracious and nuanced, in the classic Branaire style, the 2016 possesses lovely depth and sensuality, with no hard edges and terrific overall balance. Time in the glass brings out the wine's more floral and spiced notes. Above all else, Branaire is a wine of finesse despite its considerable intensity. It is also arguably the most polished of the Saint-Juliens. Tasted two times.

92-95 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Apr 2017)