Duluc De Branaire-Ducru
- St Julien, Bordeaux, France
- Chateau Branaire-Ducru
- Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Duluc De Branaire Ducru is the second wine of fourth Cru Chateau Branaire Ducru from Saint-Julien. A blend of 70% Cabernet-Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit-Verdot from the classic and early maturing 2011 vintage with 16 to 20 months ageing in oak barrels, 60 to 65% new oak.
Forward and open the wines displays fresh red berry and black cherry fruit, earthy and spicy with subtle wood. Good for early drinking but will develop for a few more years.
Chateau Branaire-Ducru is a fourth growth Grand Cru Classe based in Saint-Julien. Origionally part of the much larger Beychevelle estate back in the 1600's which was broken up and sold off as individual estates.
Bought by Jean-Baptiste Braneyre who gave his name to the estate and bought the land that the vineyards are now planted on. In 1875 Gustave Ducru took ownership of the estate which has since then become Chateau Branaire Ducru.
Now owned by Patrick Maroteaux since 1988 and since his arrival Chateau Branaire Ducru has undergone extensive modernisation.