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Chateau Branaire Ducru Duluc De Branaire Ducru 2016 750ml

size
750ml
country
France
region
Bordeaux
appellation
Saint Julien
DC
91
JS
91
Additional vintages
DC
91
Rated 91 by Decanter
Undoubtedly the best of the three Dulucs, it takes a bit of the best of each of the other two. Fascinating that the colour is so different, far more vibrant purple than the other two even though only a year separates it from the 2015. This one has so much vibrancy and life to it. Bottled in early July, so almost six months ago, it is wonderfully expressive but clearly has hidden power, firm tannins, great acidity. It has that naturally unforced gourmet edge of a great vintage, and will clearly age the best of these three. Drinking Window 2023 - 2037. ... More details
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Chateau Branaire Ducru Duluc De Branaire Ducru 2016 750ml

SKU 870686
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Professional Ratings
DC
91
JS
91
DC
91
Rated 91 by Decanter
Undoubtedly the best of the three Dulucs, it takes a bit of the best of each of the other two. Fascinating that the colour is so different, far more vibrant purple than the other two even though only a year separates it from the 2015. This one has so much vibrancy and life to it. Bottled in early July, so almost six months ago, it is wonderfully expressive but clearly has hidden power, firm tannins, great acidity. It has that naturally unforced gourmet edge of a great vintage, and will clearly age the best of these three. Drinking Window 2023 - 2037.
JS
91
Rated 91 by James Suckling
Attractive aromas and flavors of currants and walnuts with some chocolate. Medium body, medium round tannins and a savory finish. Just starting to come around now. Drink or hold.
Product Details
size
750ml
country
France
region
Bordeaux
appellation
Saint Julien
Additional vintages
Overview
Rated 91 - Undoubtedly the best of the three Dulucs, it takes a bit of the best of each of the other two. Fascinating that the colour is so different, far more vibrant purple than the other two even though only a year separates it from the 2015. This one has so much vibrancy and life to it. Bottled in early July, so almost six months ago, it is wonderfully expressive but clearly has hidden power, firm tannins, great acidity. It has that naturally unforced gourmet edge of a great vintage, and will clearly age the best of these three. Drinking Window 2023 - 2037.
green grapes

Varietal: Red Bordeaux

There are few regions in the world with stricter regulations in regards to wine production and grape varietals than those found in Bordeaux, France. Here, in the home of the world's finest wines, the type and quality of grapes used is of utmost importance, and the legendary wineries which work on the banks of the Gironde river have mastered the careful art of juice blending to find the perfect balance for their produce. Whilst there are six 'official' Bordeaux grapes, the two key varietals for almost every fine Bordeaux wine are Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and with good reason. Whilst Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are renowned for their acidity and astringency, strong fruit and spice flavors and full body, Merlot grapes are notably rounded, soft, fleshy and lighter on tannin. The combination of these two varietals, along with a small percentage of (commonly) Petit Verdot or Cabernet Franc, is the perfect balancing act – the two grape varietals cancel out each others weaker points, and accentuate all that is good about the other.
barrel

Region: Bordeaux

Of all the wine regions in France, the mostly highly esteemed and famous is surely Bordeaux. Most commonly associated with their superb examples of blended red wines, usually made with a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot varietals, Bordeaux consistently demonstrates that their mix of traditional and modern wine-making styles is the recipe for fame and success. The region benefits greatly from its humid climate, and the fact that its clay and gravel based soils are perfect for growing the fine grape varietals which flourish there. The region is split into quite distinct sub-regions, with the finest generally believed to be the Left Bank and the Médoc region, where many of the most well known chateaux are based and produce their wonderful red and white wines.
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Country: France

Year in, year out, France enjoys its prestigious reputation as the producer of the finest wines in the world. With a wine making history which spans several thousand years and owes its expertise to the Romans, it comes as little surprise that this most highly esteemed of the Old World wine countries continues to impress and enchant both novices and experts to this day. Despite the rise in quality of wines from neighboring European countries, not to mention the New World, the French wine industry continues to boom, with up to eight billion bottles being produced in recent years. However, France prides itself on always putting quality before quantity, and the wide range in fine produce is a testament to the dedication and knowledge of the wineries across the country. Indeed, from rich and complex reds to light and aromatic white wines, French wines are as varied and interesting as they are enjoyable to drink, making this country a firm favorite for wine lovers across the globe.
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Varietal: Red Bordeaux

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Of all the wine regions in France, the mostly highly esteemed and famous is surely Bordeaux. Most commonly associated with their superb examples of blended red wines, usually made with a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot varietals, Bordeaux consistently demonstrates that their mix of traditional and modern wine-making styles is the recipe for fame and success. The region benefits greatly from its humid climate, and the fact that its clay and gravel based soils are perfect for growing the fine grape varietals which flourish there. The region is split into quite distinct sub-regions, with the finest generally believed to be the Left Bank and the Médoc region, where many of the most well known chateaux are based and produce their wonderful red and white wines.
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Country: France

Year in, year out, France enjoys its prestigious reputation as the producer of the finest wines in the world. With a wine making history which spans several thousand years and owes its expertise to the Romans, it comes as little surprise that this most highly esteemed of the Old World wine countries continues to impress and enchant both novices and experts to this day. Despite the rise in quality of wines from neighboring European countries, not to mention the New World, the French wine industry continues to boom, with up to eight billion bottles being produced in recent years. However, France prides itself on always putting quality before quantity, and the wide range in fine produce is a testament to the dedication and knowledge of the wineries across the country. Indeed, from rich and complex reds to light and aromatic white wines, French wines are as varied and interesting as they are enjoyable to drink, making this country a firm favorite for wine lovers across the globe.