Duluc de Branaire Ducru 2016 - A.O.C Saint-Julien
 
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Youthfully rigid, with a strong apple wood frame around the vivid cherry and cassis fruit flavors, cruising through a grippy, briar-edged finish. The fruit is pure, but this has moderate range overall. Drink as soon as the tension eases up. Best from 2021 through 2028. 12,500 cases made.
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Description

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 completion of all efforts"


Soil maintenance

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.


Completion of the vineyard

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.


Wine

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
    Second wine
  • Appellation
    Saint-Julien
  • Superficy
    59 hectares
  • Age of the vines
    20 years
  • Harvests
    100% hand harvested
  • Barrels
    25% of new barrels
  • When should you drink it?
    Drink between 2023 and 2036
  • Wine apogee
    2029
  • How is it now?
    Encore jeune on doit le garder en cave
  • Service temperature
    16.5-18°

The vineyard

This Red wine (Second wine) 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 20 years. The harvest for this wine are 100% hand harvested.

Into the cellars

This wine has remained 12 months in Oak barrels. For this wine, the estate has made the choice to incorporate 25% of new barrels.

Saint-Julien

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.