Château Branaire-Ducru 2012
Laguna Cellar, Château Branaire-Ducru, 2012, Saint-Julien, Fourth Growth, 4ème Grand Cru Classé

Château Branaire-Ducru 2012

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• Domaine: Château Branaire-Ducru
• Appellation (AOC): Saint-Julien
• Classification: Fourth Growth, 4ème Grand Cru Classé in 1855
• Origin: Left Bank, Bordeaux, France
• Importer: Laguna Cellar

Tasting Notes

"The 2012 Brainaire-Ducru is a soft, forward but very pleasing Saint-Julien that is likely to offer its best drinking sooner rather than later. Sweet tobacco, wild flowers, mint and red-fleshed fruits find support in silky tannins that add to the wine's considerable appeal. The 2012 is a bit light, but all the elements are in the right place, which is a great credit to proprietor Patrick Maroteaux and his team." - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (01/2016), Ratings: 90, Drink: 2016-2024

"Deep ruby/purple, with sweet cranberry, mulberry and raspberry/blueberry fruit, this is always a distinctive St.-Julien and the 2012 has managed to avoid any of the hollowness or harsh tannins that can afflict some of the Médocs. It is elegant, well-made and an outstanding effort in this vintage. Drink it over the next 15 or more years." - Robert Parker Jr., The Wine Advocate (4/29/2015, Issue 218), Ratings: 90, Drink: 2015-2030

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