2010 Branaire-Ducru 2020 Ex-Chateau Release

Bordeaux Blend - 6L
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REVIEWS

DC 95 JL 95 VN 95 WE 95 JS 94 WS 94
DC 95

Decanter, January 2020

A vintage that just no question suits the soils of St-Julien. This is yet again showcasing the best of this property, with well placed juicy tannins and overall clear balance. Elegant and concentrated without straying...
JL 95

TheWineCellarInsider.com, May 2016

Young, fresh, vibrant and a bit tight, as you would expect, yet, it is hard not to notice the soft, ripe, smooth tannins, sweet, fresh, dark red fruits, concentration of flavor and the sense of purity in the finish. Give...
VN 95

Vinous, April 2020

The 2010 Branaire-Ducru has a lovely mélange of red and black fruit, hints of dried blood and autumn leaves suggesting that this is moving into its secondary phase. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, a fine...
WE 95

Wine Enthusiast, February 2013

This rich, full wine shows the chateau to be at the top of its form. It's finely balanced, pushing both its fruit and acidity, with the tannins taking the supporting role. With its power leashed, this shows the stylish...
JS 94

jamessuckling.com, February 2013

A layered young red with lots of black olives and berries on the nose. Full body, with velvety and chewy tannins. It all comes together at the end with a lovely sweet fruit. Try after 2017.
WS 94

Wine Spectator, March 2013

Very polished and stylish, with a velvety feel to the layers of crushed plum, currant and blackberry, while bittersweet cocoa and black licorice glide in on the gorgeous, black tea-infused finish. Features a lovely allure...

WINE DETAILS

Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Julien
Vintage 2010
Size 6L
Percent alcohol 14%
Closure Cork

The 2010 Chateau Branaire-Ducru is a Bordeaux Blend hailing from the St Julien sub-region of Bordeaux, France. This red wine, produced by Branaire-Ducru, is known for its balanced elegance and potential for long-term aging. The wine, bottled with a cork closure, has an alcohol content of 14.0%.

This vintage has garnered high praise from several notable wine reviewers. Vinous awarded it a score of 95, describing it as having "a lovely mélange of red and black fruit, hints of dried blood and autumn leaves," suggesting it is entering its secondary phase. Reviewer Neal Martin noted the wine's "medium-bodied" palate, "supple tannins," and a "fresh marine-tinged finish."

Wine Spectator also gave the 2010 Chateau Branaire-Ducru a high score of 94, highlighting its "velvety feel to the layers of crushed plum, currant and blackberry." The review by JM emphasized its "gorgeous, black tea-infused finish," making it "possibly the prettiest St.-Julien of the vintage."

Wine Enthusiast's Roger Voss praised the wine with another 95 score, noting it as a "rich, full wine" that shows the chateau "at the top of its form." Voss added that the wine is "finely balanced, pushing both its fruit and acidity, with the tannins taking the supporting role." He also highlighted its aging potential, stating it will "certainly age for many years."

James Suckling, scoring it 94, described the wine as having "lots of black olives and berries on the nose" and a "full body, with velvety and chewy tannins." He recommended trying the wine after 2017.

Decanter, also giving a score of 95, noted that this vintage "showcases the best of this property" with "well placed juicy tannins and overall clear balance." They highlighted its elegance and concentration, predicting it will "age for decades."

Finally, Jeff Leve from TheWineCellarInsider.com also rated the wine 95, calling it "young, fresh, vibrant and a bit tight." He noted the wine's "soft, ripe, smooth tannins" and "sweet, fresh, dark red fruits." Leve suggested giving it another five years to fully reveal its potential.

In summary, the 2010 Chateau Branaire-Ducru is a highly regarded Bordeaux Blend that promises both immediate enjoyment and long-term aging potential.