Château La Bridane 2020 - A.O.C Saint-Julien
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Robert Parker
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Jeff Leve

Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2020 La Bridane prances out of the glass with pretty notes of Morello cherries, plum preserves and rose oil, plus hints of star anise and allspice, with a hint of fallen leaves. The medium-bodied palate delivers plenty of juicy red and black fruit, framed by soft, rounded tannins and just enough freshness, finishing with a spicy kick.
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Flowers, cherries and a touch of oak fill in the perfume. On the palate, the wine is soft, medium-bodied, fruity and savory with a dusty texture to the bright, crisp, red currant and cherry profile in the finish.
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Château La Bridane is a vineyard of 15 hectares owned by the families Blancan and Saintout for nearly three centuries. It partly encircles the west of the village of Saint-Julien. It is located on top of the hill overlooking the estuary and the Grands Crus. The wine has a very long finish and is  easily identifiable by its original fragrance which essence is taken from a sandy under grounds of Graves. The highlight of the winery besides a very skilled, motivated and nice team is the location of its vineyards, which are situated in one of the best places in the Médoc, quite close to the river in a geographical area where all neighbor vineyards are grand Crus. The peculiarity of this Château is that it is run by a family working under the label "Vigneron Independent" which, more than a quality criterion represents a philosophy of Protection of the areas which wish to work independently (bottling on the estate, vinifying and maturing their wine themselves ...)

The vines and the work carried on in the vineyards

The grape varieties which constitute the vinyard are the following: Cabarnet Sauvignon (47%), Merlot (36%), Cabernet Franc (13%) and Petit Verdot (4%). As soon as the ripening begins, the owners practice a manual leaf-thinning and a green harvest is done on some of the vine plants if they happen to be to dense. In the optic to always harvest at the perfect moment, the owners use mechanical harvesting methods, which was very useful in the years 2011 and 2012. The drawback is the lack of selection of the grapes, but  the advantage resides in a precise harvest done just at the right time. However, the grapes are manually selected at the end of the harvest. Thus, everything is done in order to make a quality wine adapted to the size of the wine estate.

The cellars and the maturation process

The cellars are perfectly adapted to the realization of a high quality wine in a sane environment. The fermentation process is done in small inxo vats or cement tanks, which is ideal in order to control the temperature and therefore realizing a high precision work.  All tanks are thermoregulated as well. The wine estate uses a oneumatic press and the cellars are entirely air-conditioned. The finning is done the tradiotional way using egg white, and the owners do not filtrate their wine, in order to create a grand wine. At last, the maturation process is done in another part of the wine estate, in a smaller yet beautiful cellar for a duration from 9 to 16 month depending on the vintage. They are using 65% of new barrels and 35% already used for an other vintage. The team responsible for the cellars is dynamic and qualified, and the quality of the wine is absolutely remarkable for its price range.

Technical sheet

  • The producer
    Château La Bridane
  • Type of wine
    Non Classified
  • Appellation
  • Superficy
    15 hectares
  • Age of the vines
    30 years
  • Harvests
    40% hand harvested
  • Barrels
    65% of new barrels
  • When should you drink it?
    Drink between 2025 and 2038
  • Wine apogee
  • How is it now?
    Too young, should age more
  • Service temperature

The vineyard

This Red wine (Non Classified) from Saint-Julien is made with a vineyard that has an area of 15 hectares by Château La Bridane. The average age of the vines is 30 years. The harvest for this wine are 40% hand harvested.

Into the cellars

This wine has remained 16 months in Oak barrels. For this wine, the estate has made the choice to incorporate 65% 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.