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Chateau Branaire-Ducru 4eme Cru Classe, Saint-Julien *, 2005

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Type Wine (Still)
Colour Red
Alcohol Content 13
Vintage 2005
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub Region Saint-Julien
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Critic Review
Critic Review
2005 Bordeaux: Here and Now (Apr 2021)

The 2005 Branaire-Ducru is a gorgeous, super-expressive wine that captures all of the natural radiance of the year. Black cherry, leather, spice, cedar, tobacco and scorched earth envelop the palate, framed by silky tannins that give this supple Saint-Julien so much charm. The 2005 is a very easy wine to drink and enjoy today, but it's got the stuffing to develop beautifully for years to come.

Antonio Galloni - 94


Vertical Tasting of Chateau Branaire-Ducru (Mar 2014)

(66% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot and 4% petit verdot; 3.68 pH; 13.3% alcohol): Bright dark ruby-red with a pale rim. Blackcurrant, red cherry, minerals and sweet aromatic spices on the enticing, exotic nose. Then pure, clean and refined in the mouth, showing terrific sweetness to the flavors of blackcurrant, black cherry, mocha and wet stone. This sizable wine offers wonderful poise and precision thanks to vibrant but harmonious acidity. The finish is long and seamless, with a plush, tactile mouthfeel. This is an outstanding Branaire-Ducru and easily one of the best wines ever made at the estate. The grapes were harvested between September 20 and October 10.

Ian d'Agata - 93


In Good Taste: Branaire-Ducru 1928-2013 (Mar 2020)

The 2005 Branaire-Ducru is a vintage tasted many times. It unceasingly offers a ripe bouquet in the context of this Saint-Julien with red berry fruit tinged with cedar and sous-bois. More approachable than its peers, it is an expressive 2005. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, well balanced with a stocky, almost burly cedar-infused finish that is less strict than a few years ago. One of the more approachable 2005 Saint-Juliens, nevertheless I remain convinced that it should plateau for many years. Tasted from a bottle from my private cellar.

Neal Martin - 92


2007, 2006 and 2005 Bordeaux (May 2008)

Dark red-ruby. Plum, chocolate and some exotic smoky oak on the nose. Lush, smooth and sweet but not at all over the top; offers unusual volume and breadth for Branaire. The exotic aspect carries through on the palate, and yet this wine is holding plenty of material in reserve. Finishes with building tannins and excellent length. Offers superb potential for aging.

Stephen Tanzer - 94

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