2020 Branaire-Ducru Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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DC 95 JS 95 JL 95 WE 95 WA 94 VN 94 WS 94 JA 93 JD 93
DC 95

Decanter, January 2023

An intensely perfumed nose with soft cocoa powder aromas. The texture is alluring, juicy and ripe but lifted, quite dense but also linear, a push-pull of direct fruit and chalky, plump tannins. Rich but not as supple as...
JS 95

jamessuckling.com, January 2023

Plenty of blackberry, blueberry, lead pencil and violet aromas here that follow through to a full body, with ultra-fine tannins that run the length of the wine. So integrated and polished. Thoughtful young red. Try after...
JL 95

TheWineCellarInsider.com, March 2023

Quite perfumed, the complex nose offers cigar box, tobacco, spearmint, wet earth, mocha, spice, black currants and dark cherry aromas to get things going. Medium/full-bodied with a silky, fresh, refined character to its...
WE 95

Wine Enthusiast,

(93-95 points) Barrel Sample. Rich, juicy and with dense tannins, this wine is full of generous blackberry fruit flavor. The tannins and impressive structure are what show promise for the future. Expect this wine to age...
WA 94

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2023

The 2020 Branaire-Ducru will require more patience than the supple, sensual 2019, but it is another strong effort for this overperforming estate. Wafting from the glass with aromas of crème de cassis, plums, pencil...
VN 94

Vinous, February 2024

The 2020 Branaire Ducru was opened at the château to compare against the 2021. It has a superb bouquet—much more expressive than the 2021—armed with raspberry, mint and blackberry scents like before, unerring in terms of...
WS 94

Wine Spectator, November 2022

This has a lovely floral lead followed quickly by a very pure and precise beam of cassis and bitter plum fruit. Shows ample structure but this is fine-grained and almost silky in feel, while subtle dark tea, savory and...
JA 93

janeanson.com, January 2023

Firm tannins, medium intensity colour, austere tannins, but a lovely depth to the cassis and blueberry fruit, balanced and finessed with deft and confident control exerted by the tannic architecture. As it opens a...
JD 93

jebdunnuck.com, March 2023

(93+ points) Showing beautifully, the deeper purple/ruby-hued 2020 Château Branaire-Ducru offers a deep, masculine bouquet of blackcurrants, plums, smoked tobacco, and iron. This carries to a medium to full-bodied...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Julien
Vintage 2020
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13.5%
Closure Cork

The 2020 Branaire-Ducru is a Bordeaux Blend that hails from the esteemed St Julien region of Bordeaux, France. This red wine is a true gem, showcasing the elegance and complexity that Bordeaux blends are known for.

In the glass, the Branaire-Ducru displays a deep and alluring color, inviting you to delve into its rich aromas and flavors. On the nose, you are greeted with a symphony of crème de cassis, plums, and pencil shavings. These fruity notes are complemented by delicate hints of petals and burning embers, creating a captivating bouquet.

As you take your first sip, the wine envelops your palate with its medium to full-bodied texture. The concentrated core of vibrant fruit, led by blackberry and blueberry, takes center stage, supported by plush and ultra-fine tannins. This creates a beautifully integrated and polished wine that is both powerful and refined.

The Branaire-Ducru has garnered high praise from respected wine critics. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate awarded it an impressive 94 points, noting its deep and layered profile. Decanter scored it even higher with a 95, describing its alluring texture, juicy fruit, and chalky tannins. James Suckling also gave it a 95, highlighting its blackberry, lead pencil, and violet aromas, and praising its thoughtful and polished nature.

This wine has great aging potential and is recommended to be enjoyed after 2027 according to James Suckling. TheWineCellarInsider.com suggests a drinking window from 2026 to 2055, further emphasizing its longevity.

Overall, the 2020 Branaire-Ducru is a wine that demands patience but rewards generously. Its complexity, balance, and potential for aging make it a must-have for collectors and enthusiasts alike. Whether you choose to savor it now or cellar it for years to come, this Bordeaux Blend is sure to impress with its finesse and character.