Bordeaux blend * 75cl * 13.5% ABV * Bordeaux, France
Classic Branaire-Ducru requires a bit of time in bottle ("it speaks in hushed tones," writes one critic) - this is no exception - but with patience will come great reward. Despite being more open than many 2015 Saint-Juliens at this stage, this is structured, dark and concentrated with firm tannins. Classy, fresh notes of blueberry, blackberry, rose petal, lavender and mint. A terrific example of the 2015s. If you can wait, drink from 2025, or decant well.