2015 Branaire-Ducru Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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WE 95 DC 94 JL 94 WS 94 JS 93 TWI 93 VN 92
WE 95

Wine Enthusiast, February 2018

This family-owned estate has produced a structured and dark wine with great concentration balanced by acidity and pure, creamy fruit. It is a wine with a good future. The aftertaste leaves juicy acidity and firm tannins...
DC 94

Decanter, January 2023

Juicy and alive, this shines out the glass, compelling and charming with a searing brightness and zestiness - just great acidity that lifts the initial burst on the palate. The liquorice and clove spice is at the fore, as...
JL 94

TheWineCellarInsider.com, November 2022

Vibrant, lush, refined, elegant, and almost at the start of its prime-time, drinking window, the wine is packed with mocha, tobacco, dark red fruits, earth, and spice on the nose, and on the long, vibrant palate. Drink...
WS 94

Wine Spectator, January 2018

This pumps lush fig, boysenberry and blackberry confiture notes along, pushed by a rather polished but ample structure. Lots of anise and violet details cascade in on the finish, giving this extra aromatic...
JS 93

jamessuckling.com, February 2018

More open than many 2015 St.-Juliens at this stage in spite of the firm, dry tannin structure behind the bright cassis. The tannins need some integration, but with some patience (from 2021 or 2022), this will become a...
TWI 93

The Wine Independent, November 2022

(93 + points) Medium to deep garnet colored, the 2015 Branaire-Ducru reveals notes of blackcurrant cordial, plum preserves, and fruitcake, with touches of Indian spices and fragrant soil. The medium-bodied palate is...
VN 92

Vinous, November 2023

The 2015 Branaire-Ducru has a deep hue, almost opaque in the glass. The nose is quite precocious, more so than the previous bottle, with scents of black cherries, cassis and blood orange. Energetic and focused, crushed...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Julien
Vintage 2015
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13.5%
Closure Cork

The 2015 Branaire-Ducru is a Bordeaux blend from the St Julien region of Bordeaux, France. This red wine, produced by Branaire-Ducru, has an alcohol content of 13.5% and is sealed with a cork. It has garnered considerable attention from wine reviewers, receiving high praise for its refined elegance and vibrant character.

Jeff Leve from TheWineCellarInsider.com gave it a score of 94, describing the wine as "vibrant, lush, refined, elegant, and almost at the start of its prime-time, drinking window." He noted its complex nose of mocha, tobacco, dark red fruits, earth, and spice, and highlighted its long and vibrant palate. Leve recommends drinking this wine from 2023 to 2045.

Wine Spectator also awarded it a 94, pointing out the wine's "lush fig, boysenberry and blackberry confiture notes" and its "polished but ample structure." The reviewer, J.M., appreciated the wine's aromatic complexity, with anise and violet details on the finish, suggesting it will be best enjoyed from 2020 through 2038.

James Suckling rated the wine 93, noting that it is "more open than many 2015 St.-Juliens at this stage," despite its "firm, dry tannin structure." He believes the tannins will integrate better with a bit of patience, recommending to start enjoying the wine from 2021 or 2022.

Vinous, with a score of 92, remarked on the wine's deep hue and its "precocious" nose featuring black cherries, cassis, and blood orange. Neal Martin mentioned a concern about the warmth of alcohol on the back palate, but suggested that aeration helps to balance it, making it more composed on the finish.

Wine Enthusiast provided one of the highest accolades with a score of 95, praising the wine's structure, concentration, and balance. The review noted the wine's potential for aging, recommending to drink it from 2025 onwards.

Decanter also gave the wine a 94, calling it "juicy and alive" with a "searing brightness and zestiness." The review highlighted its great acidity, liquorice, and clove spice, along with a slight stoniness that lingers on the tongue.

Lastly, The Wine Independent rated it 93, describing it as "medium to deep garnet colored" with notes of blackcurrant cordial, plum preserves, and fruitcake. The reviewer appreciated its long and layered finish supported by ripe, grainy tannins.

Overall, the 2015 Branaire-Ducru is a well-regarded Bordeaux blend, praised for its elegance, vibrant character, and potential for aging.