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

$79.99

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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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