2014 Branaire-Ducru Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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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 2022

Peppery black currants, a touch of mocha, cedar, tobacco leaf and herbs create the nose and the core of thd palate. Medium-bodied, fresh, zesty and spicy, the finish is crisp and refined. Drink from 2022-2040.
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...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Julien
Vintage 2014
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13%
Closure Cork

The 2014 Branaire-Ducru is a Bordeaux Blend from the St. Julien sub-region of Bordeaux, France. This red wine, produced by Branaire-Ducru, is bottled with a cork closure and has an alcohol content of 13.0%.

The wine has received considerable praise from professional reviewers, indicating its high quality and potential for aging. Wine Enthusiast awarded it an impressive score of 94, describing it as "spicy, rich and full of ripe fruit," with a structure that combines density and elegance. The reviewer noted that the wine's blackberry fruit dominates its tannins, creating a balance of concentration and fine fruit, and suggested it would be best enjoyed from 2022.

James Suckling gave the wine a score of 93, highlighting its subtlety and sophistication. He described it as a "slightly shy mid-weight wine" that rewards patience, recommending it be consumed starting in 2021.

Wine Spectator also rated the wine at 93, praising its "very pure and expressive" character with "lovely violet and cassis aromas and flavors." The wine features light anise and graphite hints and maintains a fresh feel through the finish, with a minerality that engages with the fruit. The publication suggested the optimal drinking window to be from 2019 to 2028.

Decanter awarded the wine a score of 92, noting its "herbal nose, violets, blackcurrants, chocolate, and exotic sweet spices." The wine is described as confident, fruit-forward, and balanced, with sleek tannins and well-defined flavors that drive from start to finish. The reviewer mentioned that it is just beginning its optimal drinking period.

Jeff Leve from TheWineCellarInsider.com also scored it 92, describing aromas of peppery black currants, mocha, cedar, tobacco leaf, and herbs. He found the wine to be medium-bodied, fresh, zesty, and spicy, with a crisp and refined finish, recommending it be enjoyed from 2022 to 2040.

The Wine Independent rated the wine 93, highlighting its medium to deep garnet color and fragrant scents of kirsch, candied violets, and fallen leaves. The wine features a medium-bodied palate with great tension and fine-grained tannins, finishing with a mineral note.

Finally, Vinous scored the wine 91, noting its "quieter" bouquet that becomes well-defined with mainly black tertiary fruit laced with tobacco. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins and conveys a sense of drinkability, showing better now than six years earlier.

Overall, the 2014 Branaire-Ducru is a well-balanced, sophisticated Bordeaux Blend that has garnered high praise for its fruit-forward character, elegant structure, and potential for aging.