Château Branaire (Duluc-Ducru) St. Julien- Beychevelle Red Bordeaux Blend 2009 (1500ml)

$169

Only time will tell whether the 2009, another great effort from Branaire, will eclipse the 2005 and 2003. Certainly at 13.6% alcohol it is the most powerful Branaire ever made, and the final blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot showcases what a great vintage 2009 is for Cabernet Sauvignon. An inky/blue/purple color is followed by raspberry, boysenberry, crushed rock, graphite, and floral notes, and an opaque, broad, dense, substantial, impressively structured wine without any hardness. It requires 4-5 years of cellaring, and should last four decades or more. Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

Joe DAscoli

Lovely warm blueberry pie aromas and then tannins kick in once you sip. Really cool wine

Lovely warm blueberry pie aromas and then tannins kick in once you sip. Really cool wine

9.3

Joe DAscoli

Took some time to open up but then it really blossomed

Took some time to open up but then it really blossomed

9.2

Chris England

Superb top year St Julien @ £60 that’s drinking great already but could be fantastic - what a great buy

Superb top year St Julien @ £60 that’s drinking great already but could be fantastic - what a great buy

9.4