2014 Branaire-Ducru Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 6L
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REVIEWS

WE 94 JS 93 TWI 93 WS 93 DC 92 JL 92 VN 91
WE 94

Wine Enthusiast, February 2017

Spicy, rich and full of ripe fruit, this wine has great potential. It is structured and dense while bringing out a stylish elegance. Blackberry fruit dominates the tannins to create a wine that has both concentration and...
JS 93

jamessuckling.com, February 2017

This is a slightly shy mid-weight wine that is anything but a flashy one. If you have some patience though it has plenty of subtlety and sophistication. Drink in 2021.
TWI 93

The Wine Independent, March 2024

The 2014 Branaire-Ducru is medium to deep garnet in color. Fragrant scents of kirsch, candied violets, and fallen leaves drift gently from the glass, with hints of Sichuan pepper and black olives in the background. The...
WS 93

Wine Spectator, January 2017

Very pure and expressive, featuring lovely violet and cassis aromas and flavors that stream forth, backed by light anise and graphite hints. Maintains a fresh feel through the finish, with light minerality engaging...
DC 92

Decanter, January 2023

Herbal nose, violets, blackcurrants, chocolate and exotic sweet spices; clove and cinnamon. Plump and fruit forward, this is confident and shines brightly out the glass. Round and nicely balanced, it's not at all plump...
JL 92

TheWineCellarInsider.com, October 2020

Medium/full-bodied, classically styled wine packed with juicy, fresh, bright, crisp cassis, cedar and tobacco leaf. The wine is vibrant and fresh on the palate and in the finish. Early days here. Give this until 2024...
VN 91

Vinous, March 2024

The 2014 Branaire-Ducru has a "quieter" bouquet than its peers, a little muted at first, though well-defined with mainly black tertiary fruit laced with tobacco. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins. It's a...

WINE DETAILS

Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Julien
Vintage 2014
Size 6L
Percent alcohol 13.5%
Closure Cork

The 2014 Branaire-Ducru is a Bordeaux Blend that hails from the renowned St Julien region in Bordeaux, France. This red wine exhibits a deep and alluring color, enticing wine enthusiasts with its rich and luscious appearance. With an alcohol percentage of 13.5%, it promises a balanced and elegant drinking experience.

On the nose, the Branaire-Ducru offers a captivating aromatic profile. The aromas of violets, blackcurrants, and chocolate mingle with exotic sweet spices like clove and cinnamon, creating a symphony of scents. Herbal notes add complexity to the bouquet, enhancing its allure.

Upon the first sip, this wine reveals its true character. The palate is greeted with plump and fruit-forward flavors that exude confidence and brightness. The wine's roundness and balance are immediately apparent, showcasing its impeccable craftsmanship. The tannins are sleek yet finely spiced, providing structure and depth without overpowering the fruit. Soft chalkiness and minerality contribute to the wine's overall complexity, while the weight and texture remain in perfect harmony.

Renowned wine critics have lauded the 2014 Branaire-Ducru for its exceptional qualities. Wine Enthusiast awarded it an impressive score of 94, describing it as spicy, rich, and full of ripe fruit. James Suckling commends its subtlety and sophistication and recommends aging it until 2021 for optimal enjoyment. Wine Spectator praises its purity and expressiveness, highlighting the lovely violet and cassis aromas that permeate the wine. Decanter extols its high definition and well-defined character, suggesting that it is just beginning its delightful drinking period. Jeff Leve applauds its classically styled, medium to full-bodied nature and suggests waiting until 2024 before uncorking a bottle.

In conclusion, the 2014 Branaire-Ducru is a wine of exceptional quality and finesse. Its harmonious blend of fruit-forward flavors, elegant structure, and complex aromas make it a true gem from Bordeaux. Whether enjoyed now or cellared for a few more years, this wine promises an exquisite journey for the senses.