Château Branaire Ducru 2016 - A.O.C Saint-Julien
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94.3 sur 100 based on 6 Average rating of the Experts

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The 2016 Branaire-Ducru is a blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc picked from 28 September until 19 October at 50 hectoliters per hectare, one of the longest harvest periods at the estate. The nose is quite intense with black fruit infused with pencil shaving and a touch of tobacco, unashamedly classic in style, a little distant compared to some other Saint Juliens but undeniably well defined and full of character. The palate is structured and masculine, exerting a firm grip in the mouth, spicier than its peers with cracked black pepper complementing the black fruit, tobacco...
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The core of this red is loaded with pure plum, blueberry and black currant fruit flavors. The polished structure is integrated, with alluring ganache, anise and sweet tobacco notes throughout, all in a polished and balanced frame. A very classy red that isn't shy about its power but pushes its purity to the fore. Best from 2024 through 2039. 15,000 cases made.
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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.
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Juicy, savoury nose. Fresh and fine-boned. Could only be bordeaux – tant mieux! Silky texture with some energy.
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Dès le nez, il offre une très jolie maturité du fruit, avec une touche mentholée. La bouche est tout en équilibre et en suavité, avec du fond et du charme. La plus belle réussite du cru.
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It is hard to say what worked better here, the soft, silky tannins, the freshness in the fruit, the purity in the berries or the elegant stylings. The cassis and boysenberry fruits make an impression on the nose and the palate. This should age for decades.
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Château Branaire Ducru is a 4th Classified Growth of the Saint-Julien appellation. With an area of ​​59 hectares its vineyard has an average age of 35 years and the aging is done in new barrels at 60-65%. The property can count on a vineyard with the superb soil but does not rest that on this, and in this optics all the details are watched without the least concession by the teams of the vine and the cellar. So we understand better why these wines express the depth, elegance and tannic richness of the fruits born on these soils mostly planted with Cabernet Sauvignon.

"Above all for us, in Branaire-Ducru, history is written, intended for pleasure, devoted to pleasure, so true is it that in the land of Medoc, pleasure is the supreme end of all efforts"


Traditional plowing or grassing, depending on the terrain and the behavior of the vine. Trellising and vineyard management adapted to each density and type of soil.


Essentially with plants from mass selections made on the old vines of the Château. Production of plants by the company "Vitis vinifera" integrated into the group. Manual harvesting on the entire vineyard. Harvest dates determined on the plot by phenolic analysis and tasting of the berries. All the work on the vineyard aims to produce perfectly ripened grapes that are an accurate image of the terroirs of Branaire-Ducru. The estate has the desire to keep a predominant place in Cabernet Sauvignon. It gives complexity, character and power to its wines, while guaranteeing fruit and freshness whatever the vintage.


Stainless steel tanks, thermoregulated of different sizes adapted to the plot. Filling tanks by gravity. First modern gravity installation in Bordeaux in1991. Fermentation temperature: 26-28 ° C Duration of maceration: 3 weeks, adapted to each quality of harvest. Assembly of the wines realized at the beginning of breeding, at the latest in February following the vintage.

Aged in barrels for 16 to 20 months, with about 60 to 65% new wood. Fine grains selected in several French forests for the quality of their aromas and tannins. Low heat of the wood, respecting the character and the fruit of the wines. Traditional racking barrels, dodging, sheltered from the air. Collage in barrel, with egg white. Everything is done, during vinification and aging, to express the potential of the grapes and thus the terroir, in a wine where the fruit, the aromatic complexity go hand in hand with the richness and the balance, without over-extraction or heaviness.

Technical sheet

  • The producer
    Château Branaire-Ducru
  • Type of wine
    Fourth Classified Growth
  • Appellation
  • Superficy
    59 hectares
  • Age of the vines
    35 years
  • Harvests
    100% hand harvested
  • Barrels
    60% of new barrels
  • When should you drink it?
    Drink between 2026 and 2040
  • Wine apogee
  • How is it now?
    Too young, should age more
  • Service temperature

The vineyard

This Red wine (Classified Growth) from Saint-Julien is made with a vineyard that has an area of 59 hectares by Château Branaire-Ducru. The average age of the vines is 35 years. The harvest for this wine are 100% hand harvested.

Into the cellars

This wine has remained 18 months in Oak barrels. For this wine, the estate has made the choice to incorporate 60% of new barrels.


The A.O.C Saint-Julien (968 hectares) was formalized in 1936. Located between Pauillac and Margaux both geographically and in style, it is one of the smallest Medoc appellation but the most consistent in quality. 18 active producers including 11 Classified Growths.
The appellation extends over 4.8 kilometers long by 3.2 kilometers wide and offers wines whose tannins have an incomparable finesse. What characterizes Saint-Julien is the terroir and the micro-climate. The terroir is a subtle blend between the contributions of stony alluvium from the Garonne and those from the Dordogne. The contributions therefore from the Pyrenees and the Massif Central. You should know that this agglomeration of rocks slowly broken then spread over the millennia is an exceptional case.