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Chateau Branaire Ducru, St Julien 2012


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    Cabernet Sauvignon

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    Saint Julien

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Dark crimson. Sweet, fragrant, rather floral nose. Opulent. Not at all typical of the vintage! Round and flattering. Some real energy here but not that true to type, though there are some nice dry appetising tannins on the finish. Jancis Robinson MW, (17)

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Sensing the untapped potential of this sleeping beauty, Patrick Maroteaux and his family acquired Château Branaire-Ducru in 1988. They thus decided to write a new page in the history of this fourth grand cru classé in 1855. Then began transformations and large-scale work on all the elements that condition the creation of a great wine: the vine, the vat room, the cellars, but also the residence, the primary face of a château. Patrick Maroteaux is also an ambassador for Bordeaux and Branaire-Ducru, at the head of the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux from 2000 to 2008, and president of the AOC Saint-Julien from 2004 to 2017. In the heart of the Médoc, between Margaux and Pauillac, Château Branaire-Ducru is located in the Saint-Julien appellation, surrounded by the other Grands Crus Classés of this exceptional terroir.

The vines are planted on gravel soil, made up of gravel and pebbles carried by the Garonne in the Quaternary period. On rounded hills, the “croups”, they dominate the Girondin estuary, the “river” as it is called in the Bordeaux region. Located on an exceptional terroir, respect for it has always dictated decisions. Aware of the impacts of production on the environment, the chateau is committed to the EMS (Environmental Management System) of Bordeaux Wine, based on the international standard ISO 14001 (certified since 2020) and in a High Environmental Value approach (level 3 since 2017).

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