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    Chateau Branaire-Ducru 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends - St-Julien, Bordeaux, France

    Ratings

    • RP95
    • ST94
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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 95 The Wine Advocate, 94 International Wine Cellar

    Region: St-Julien, Bordeaux, France

    Varietal: Bordeaux Red Blends

    Other Info: Collectible Wines

    Style: Big & Bold

    Item no. 96203

    Winemaker's Notes:

    Bouquet is still quite closed, but beginning to develop a very wide aromatic range - ripe fruit, complex notes, mineral and floral hints combine with spicier aromas.

    This outstanding vintage has lavish substance and is dense, fleshy and bursting with strength. The balance and elegance of the tannins on the finish are superb.

    Very long keeping. Do not open for at least another 4 or 5 years.

    Critical Acclaim:

    As usual, the 2005 Branaire-Ducru is one of the more distinctive wines of St.-Julien. Proprietor Patrick Maroteaux has turned out another classic. While not as opulent or fleshy as the 2003, and it remains to be seen if it will eclipse the 2000, the 2005 is a big, structured, intensely rich effort with raspberry, blueberry, and spring flower garden characteristics, stunning purity, full-bodied power, and good underlying acidity as well as harmony. The hard tannins suggest 8-9 years of cellaring will be beneficial; it should last for three decades. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030+.

    95 Points
    The Wine Advocate

    Dark red-ruby. Plum, chocolate and some exotic smoky oak on the nose. Lush, smooth and sweet but not at all over the top; offers unusual volume and breadth for Branaire. The exotic aspect carries through on the palate, and yet this wine is holding plenty of material in reserve. Finishes with building tannins and excellent length. Offers superb potential for aging.

    94 Points
    International Wine Cellar
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