Château Branaire-Ducru 2012 (Private Collection) Magnum

Château Branaire-Ducru 2012 (Private Collection) Magnum

France : Bordeaux
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Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc

150cl * 13.0% ABV * Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, France

Classified as a fourth growth in 1855, Branaire-Ducru makes pure and classic St Julien, usually with the commune's distinctive streak of cassis and blackcurrant . 

In the case of 2012, not only is this a truly superb wine, but this rather exciting parcel is also bottled in magnum. Ready for drinking now, with that lovely sweet cassis and black fruits as expected. This is an elegant wine that has been extremely well crafted. If you crack this open over dinner with friends, they'll love you even more.

Drink now - 2030

Reviews upon release:

“Light, racy and pure, with red currant and cherry pit notes driving a solid hint of rooibos tea on the finish. The finely beaded acidity keeps this going. Not big, but persistent and showing considerable finesse.” Wine Spectator. April 2013 (90-93 points)

“Bright Cabernet fruit, a polished smoothness to match the slight greenness, needs time and will show elegance and class. Drink from 2017-2030.” Decanter magazine. April 2013 - 90 points.

“Ruby in colour, the wine offers flowers, jammy raspberries, vanilla and earth. Medium bodied, fresh and dominated by sweet raspberries and cherry, this is an elegant Branaire Ducru to enjoy while waiting for the 2009 and 2010 to mature.” Jeff Leve. May 2013 -90-92 points.

“Lively red fruit, lifted and fresh, lively and lightish. Seems almost frivolous but very appealing. Harmonious and fine tannins.” Jancis Robinson. August 2013 - 17/20

“The Branaire-Ducru is a seductive effort that is a credit to this chateau, which did not try to over-extract or push the fruit past what it was capable of providing. The result is an elegant, pretty, mid-weight wine with soft, velvety tannin, spicy mulberry and black cherry fruit, hints of spring flowers and loamy soil undertones, medium body and a moderate finish. Drink it over the next 10-12 years.” The Wine Advocate - R.Parker. April 2013. 88-90 points.