Château Branaire (Duluc-Ducru) Duluc de Branaire-Ducru Red Bordeaux Blend 2000

$99

A saturated purple color offers up notes of graphite, plum, raspberry, and blueberry fruit in that distinctive Branaire style. Always a singular wine, even for St.-Julien, the wine boasts superb purity, rich, medium to full-bodied flavors, with loads of sweetness, some subtle toasty oak, and strength and richness that builds incrementally on the palate. A top-flight Branaire, this is the finest wine made at this property since the 1996 and 1982. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2025. Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

David T Delectable Pro

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

From magnum and it's a little more resolved than I would have expected from the 2000 vintage and out of magnum. The tannins are very well resolved. If you own this wine, I'd start enjoying it. It hasn't turned but it's ready and not going to continue to improve. The fruits are ripe & juicy; blackberries, dark cherries, blueberries, raspberries & strawberries. The black rich earth is lean and soft, wet pebbles, very soft leather, touch of tobacco leaf, big red & pink rose pedals, high acidity and an elegant, lean & polished finished. It's putting on weight after an hour & a half decant. Add used coffee grounds & black licorice on the long decant. Second wine of Branaire Ducru. On a very long decant(3 hours), it finishes pure light and dark cherries.

From magnum and it's a little more resolved than I would have expected from the 2000 vintage and out of magnum. The tannins are very well resolved. If you own this wine, I'd start enjoying it. It hasn't turned but it's ready and not going to continue to improve. The fruits are ripe & juicy; blackberries, dark cherries, blueberries, raspberries & strawberries. The black rich earth is lean and soft, wet pebbles, very soft leather, touch of tobacco leaf, big red & pink rose pedals, high acidity and an elegant, lean & polished finished. It's putting on weight after an hour & a half decant. Add used coffee grounds & black licorice on the long decant. Second wine of Branaire Ducru. On a very long decant(3 hours), it finishes pure light and dark cherries.

8.8

Mark Freund Delectable Pro

Youthful, classy, nicely balanced with medium weight. Should be even better with another 5 years of age as tertiary character is just starting to show. Excellent effort.

Youthful, classy, nicely balanced with medium weight. Should be even better with another 5 years of age as tertiary character is just starting to show. Excellent effort.

9.0

David Thomas Pinson, Jr

Nicely aged and mellow, soft yet complex barrel notes

Nicely aged and mellow, soft yet complex barrel notes

9.1

Sam Stoppelmoor

2000 drinking well.

2000 drinking well.

8.9