2011 Branaire-Ducru Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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WE 94 DC 93 JS 92 WA 92 WS 92 JL 91
WE 94

Wine Enthusiast, April 2012

This wine is based on tannins yet it also has weight and a complex fruit structure. Its power lies in the density of its texture.
DC 93

Decanter, February 2021

Branaire does a great job with classic, elegant and well-balanced vintages, and here it really is delivering a delicious St-Julien. Plenty of depth to the fruit, alongside pencil lead aromatics. Traces of fig and spice...
JS 92

jamessuckling.com, February 2014

This is tight and structured, with blueberry and mineral character. Full and firm with excellent tannins for the vintage. Needs at least four years to soften but shows potential: try in 2018.
WA 92

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2022

(92+ points) An underrated wine that has shed its youthful austerity to offer terrific drinking today, the 2011 Branaire-Ducru exhibits aromas of sweet cassis, loamy soil, cigar wrapper and classy new oak, followed by a...
WS 92

Wine Spectator, March 2014

Offers mouthfilling layers of plum sauce, blackberry compote and warm ganache, all lined with a charcoal note that adds texture and length. Delivers depth and polish on the finish, with the fruit echoing pleasantly. Best...
JL 91

TheWineCellarInsider.com, February 2014

Forward and fresh, with a medium bodied, open, black raspberry, earth, spice and espresso bean nose, the clean finish delivers an elegant, polished display of fresh dark cherries. You can drink this young, or age it for a...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Julien
Vintage 2011
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13%
Closure Cork

Allow me to introduce you to the exquisite 2011 Branaire-Ducru. This Bordeaux Blend comes from the renowned St Julien region in Bordeaux, France. With its elegant red color and a cork closure, this wine exudes sophistication from the very beginning.

The 2011 Branaire-Ducru has an alcohol content of 13.0%, which perfectly complements its array of flavors. This wine offers mouthfilling layers of plum sauce and blackberry compote that tantalize the palate. As you sip, you will also notice the warm ganache and charcoal notes that add texture and length to the wine.

Numerous wine experts have bestowed high praise upon this vintage. Wine Spectator awarded it an impressive 92 points, praising its depth, polish, and pleasant fruit echoes on the finish. Alex Shaw, from JJ Buckley, rated it 93 points and described its aromas of black cherry, currant, and cassis, along with notes of forest floor, saffron, and damp earth. He highlighted the wine's ample muscle, high acidity, and firm tannins, which are balanced by its dark fruit flavors. Wine Enthusiast awarded it 94 points, emphasizing its weight, complex fruit structure, and dense texture.

James Suckling also commended this wine, giving it a score of 92 points. He noted its tight and structured nature, with blueberry and mineral character shining through. Decanter scored it 93 points, praising its classic elegance, depth of fruit, and pencil lead aromatics. Lastly, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate rated it 92+ points, recognizing its transformation from a youthfully austere wine to a charming classic with sweet cassis aromas, layered palate, powdery tannins, and lively acidity.

The 2011 Branaire-Ducru is a wine that can be enjoyed now or cellared for a few more years to allow it to soften and reach its full potential. It is a true gem that showcases the excellence of Bordeaux winemaking, and it is sure to impress even the most discerning wine enthusiasts.