2021 Branaire-Ducru Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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JS 95 VN 95 DC 94 JL 94 WA 94 JA 92
JS 95

jamessuckling.com, May 2022

(94-95 points) A very pretty wine, showing blackberry and blackcurrant aromas with crushed stone. Medium to full body with layers of fine-grained tannins. Bright and refined. Lots of dark fruit at the end. Solid weight.
VN 95

Vinous, March 2022

(93-95 points) The 2021 Branaire-Ducru is sleek, elegant and nuanced. There is more Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc in the blend than in the 2018-2020 period, when the Merlots were especially successful. As a...
DC 94

Decanter, April 2022

Purple and pink flowers on the nose, sweet strawberries and cherries and some milk chocolate notes. Delicate and poised on the palate, this has an air of elegance and refinement from the first sip, the sleek tannins...
JL 94

TheWineCellarInsider.com, May 2022

(JL 92-94 points) Flowers and black raspberries with black and red currants open the wine in the nose. The wine is medium-bodied, fresh, sweet, juicy and pure. Classic in style, this is going to be approchable early, so...
WA 94

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2022

(WA 93-94+ points) Having tasted the 2021 Branaire-Ducru six times over the course of a month and a half, I feel confident in saying that it is a beautiful wine that numbers among the vintage's real successes. Offering...
JA 92

janeanson.com, April 2022

Well balanced, showcasing the possibliities of the vintage, a little austere in its rose stem and cassis bud character, but it opens up to show finessed blackberry fruit, precisely cut tannins, and has plenty of potential...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Julien
Vintage 2021
Size 750ML
Closure Cork

The 2021 Branaire-Ducru is a Bordeaux Blend from the prestigious St Julien region of Bordeaux, France. With its deep red color and elegant label, this wine exudes sophistication and refinement. The nose is filled with enticing aromas of raspberry coulis, red cherries, rose petals, cigar box, and spices. These aromas create a captivating bouquet that draws you in and leaves you eager to take a sip.

On the palate, this wine is medium to full-bodied and seamlessly balanced. It has a layered core of fruit, lively acids, and beautifully powdery tannins. The blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot adds complexity and depth to the wine. The ripe Cabernet Sauvignon and the estate's later-ripening Merlot, grown on clay-limestone soils, contribute to the wine's exceptional quality.

The 2021 Branaire-Ducru has received high praise from wine critics. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate awarded it 94 points, describing it as a "beautiful wine" and one of the vintage's real successes. Jane Anson also gave it a score of 92, noting its well-balanced nature and potential for aging. Jeff Leve praised its freshness, sweetness, and approachability, giving it a score of 94. Decanter also awarded it 94 points, highlighting its elegance, refinement, and persistence of flavor. James Suckling and Vinous both rated it 95 points, with James Suckling noting its pretty aromas, fine-grained tannins, and solid weight.

With its impressive reviews and impeccable craftsmanship, the 2021 Branaire-Ducru is a wine that should not be missed. It has the potential to age beautifully for two decades or more, but it can also be enjoyed in its youth. Whether you choose to savor it now or save it for a special occasion, this wine is sure to impress with its exquisite flavors and timeless elegance.