2018 Branaire-Ducru Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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JS 97 JL 95 WE 95 DC 94 JD 94 WS 94 WA 93 TWI 92
JS 97

jamessuckling.com, March 2021

Very attractive aromas of currants, tile and sandalwood with black and red currants. It’s full-bodied with a tight, dense center-palate that remains closed in and tight. Yet there is underlying seriousness and length to...
JL 95

TheWineCellarInsider.com, March 2021

Showing better from the bottle than in barrel, the wine is loaded with black and red berries, smoke, mocha, flowers and coffee bean. Elegant, refined, silky and fresh, the fruit offers this gorgeous sense of purity from...
WE 95

Wine Enthusiast, May 2021

A deceptively smooth texture and black fruits hide a wine that has great density and richness. Firm tannins lie beneath the ripeness. They will allow this wine to age, giving future concentration and depth. Drink the wine...
DC 94

Decanter, January 2023

Really ripe, heady perfumed fruit on the nose, no longer just floral aromas but proper perfume, so expressive - wild and evocative, the first one to be so seductively evocative on the nose. Smooth and sleek with silky...
JD 94

jebdunnuck.com, March 2021

A beautiful Saint-Julien, the 2018 Château Branaire-Ducru reveals a deep purple color as well as ample, earthy cassis and blackberry fruits intermixed with sous bois, earth, lead pencil, and cedar. With that classic...
WS 94

Wine Spectator, March 2021

Pure and driven, with expressive cassis and plum puree aromas and flavors carried by a graphite edge and backed with applewood, licorice root and tobacco notes. Lovely energy throughout. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit...
WA 93

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, March 2021

The 2018 Branaire-Ducru has a medium to deep garnet-purple color and an upfront, expressive nose of baked black plums, boysenberries and Morello cherries with an undercurrent of dried mint, spice box and underbrush...
TWI 92

The Wine Independent, February 2023

The 2018 Branaire-Ducru has a deep garnet-purple color. It delivers pronounced scents of crème de cassis, stewed plums, and fruitcake, with hints of allspice, tobacco, and fallen leaves. Medium to full-bodied, the palate...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Julien
Vintage 2018
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14.5%
Closure Cork

The 2018 Branaire-Ducru is a Bordeaux Blend produced by Branaire-Ducru in the St. Julien sub-region of Bordeaux, France. This red wine, sealed with a cork closure, has an alcohol content of 14.5%. The blend consists of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, and 4% Cabernet Franc.

James Suckling awarded it a high score of 97, describing it as having "very attractive aromas of currants, tile, and sandalwood with black and red currants." He noted its full-bodied nature with a "tight, dense center-palate," suggesting it might be "the greatest Branaire-Ducru ever made." He recommended trying it after 2026 (jamessuckling.com).

Wine Enthusiast's Roger Voss gave it a score of 95, highlighting its "deceptively smooth texture and black fruits" that mask "great density and richness." He pointed out the firm tannins that promise future concentration and depth, suggesting the wine will be best enjoyed from 2027 (Wine Enthusiast).

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate’s Lisa Perrotti-Brown rated it 93, noting its "medium to deep garnet-purple color" and an expressive nose of "baked black plums, boysenberries, and Morello cherries." She praised its "pleasant fruit wallop" and "lovely purity," finishing long with a firm, grainy frame (Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate).

Decanter scored it 94, describing it as having "really ripe, heady perfumed fruit on the nose" with "smooth and sleek" tannins. The review emphasized its "refined" nature despite its concentration and power, calling it "bold, but beautiful" (Decanter).

Vinous' Neal Martin also gave a 94, appreciating its "fine bouquet" of blackberry, bilberry, cedar, and singed leather. He noted its medium-bodied palate with "fine grain tannin" and "fine acidity," marking it as the most impressive Branaire-Ducru he has encountered at this stage (Vinous).

Wine Spectator’s JM rated it 94, recognizing its "pure and driven" nature with "expressive cassis and plum puree aromas and flavors." The wine also features "graphite edge" and notes of "applewood, licorice root, and tobacco," with lovely energy throughout (Wine Spectator).

Jeb Dunnuck awarded it 94, appreciating its "deep purple color" and "earthy cassis and blackberry fruits." He described it as having "classic Saint-Julien pure fruit, sumptuous aromas and flavors," predicting it will mature in 5-7 years and last for 20-25 years or more (jebdunnuck.com).

Jeff Leve from TheWineCellarInsider.com gave it 95, noting its improvement from barrel to bottle. He highlighted its "black and red berries, smoke, mocha, flowers, and coffee bean" with an "elegant, refined, silky and fresh" profile and a "vibrant, red berry packed finish."

The Wine Independent gave it 92, describing its "deep garnet-purple color" and pronounced scents of "crème de cassis, stewed plums, and fruitcake." The palate is "rich and velvety with plenty of freshness and a long spicy finish" (The Wine Independent).

Overall, the 2018 Branaire-Ducru is highly praised for its aroma, texture, and aging potential, with consistent high scores across various reviewers.