Chateau Branaire Ducru 2016 - Case of 6 Bottles (75cl)
The 2016 Branaire-Ducru is 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 and smoke towards the structured finish. There is great length here, very persistent in the mouth, a little "rougher" in texture than others, but that will be smoothed out during élevage and in bottle. Give this Branaire-Ducru five or six years in bottle because it has great potential, one of the best produced at the estate in recent years. (NB This sample was taken from a new barrel, though the final blend will be 60%.) Drink 2023 - 2050.
Country/Region: France, Saint Julien
Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon 64%, Merlot 27%, Petit Verdot 6%, Cabernet Franc 3%
Packaging: OWC - 6x750ml
Robert Parker: 92-94/100