2004 Branaire-Ducru 2021 Ex-Chateau Release

Bordeaux Blend - 3L
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WE 91 JL 90 WA 90
WE 91

Wine Enthusiast, June 2007

New wood and high extraction are the dominant characteristics of this wine. That makes it in a modern, polished style, which will certainly evolve well, eventually arriving at something that is big and bold. Give it 4–5...
JL 90

TheWineCellarInsider.com, May 2018

Straddling the edges between classic, firm and elegant, the wine is medium bodied, and restrained, with a strong, cedar and leafy component that completes with the tobacco, red berries and spice on the nose and palate...
WA 90

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2007

Possessing the finest aromatics of all the 2004 St.-Juliens, Branaire Ducru offers complex licorice, cranberry, boysenberry, and floral notes interwoven with notions of plums and figs. This dark ruby/purple-tinged...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Julien
Vintage 2004
Size 3L
Percent alcohol 13.5%
Closure Cork

This exquisite wine, the 2004 Branaire-Ducru 2021 Ex-Chateau Release, is a true gem from the Bordeaux region of France. Crafted by the esteemed producer Branaire-Ducru, this Bordeaux Blend showcases the elegance and complexity that the region is renowned for.

In the glass, this wine presents a deep, garnet-red color that hints at its maturity. The nose is a captivating blend of cedar, tobacco, and leafy aromas that intertwine with enticing notes of red berries and spice. With a touch of patience and aeration, the wine opens up further, revealing additional layers of complexity.

On the palate, this medium-bodied wine offers a restrained and refined experience. The flavors of cedar and leafy notes continue to shine, complemented by the enticing presence of tobacco, red berries, and spice. The wine's structure is well-balanced, with ripe tannins adding a pleasing texture.

Renowned wine critic Jeff Leve awarded this wine an impressive score of 90 points, praising its classic and elegant character. He notes that the wine benefits from 1-2 hours of air, further enhancing its qualities.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate also praised this vintage, awarding it a score of 90 points. They highlight the wine's exceptional aromatics, describing complex notes of licorice, cranberry, boysenberry, and florals, interwoven with hints of plums and figs. They recommend giving the wine 1-3 years of bottle age to fully appreciate its potential.

Wine Enthusiast also recognized the quality of this Bordeaux blend, awarding it an impressive score of 91 points. They note that the wine showcases a modern, polished style, with new wood and high extraction contributing to its bold character. They suggest allowing the wine to age for 4-5 years to fully appreciate its evolution.

This 2004 Branaire-Ducru 2021 Ex-Chateau Release is a wine that exemplifies the elegance and complexity of Bordeaux. With its refined structure, enticing aromas, and layered flavors, this wine is a true delight for any wine connoisseur. Enjoy it now or cellar it for further development.