2023 | Frankrijk | Bordeaux, Saint-Julien

Château Branaire-Ducru 2023 Saint-Julien 4e Grand Cru Classé

  • Château Branaire-Ducru 2023 Saint-Julien 4e Grand Cru Classé
  • Château Branaire-Ducru 2023 Saint-Julien 4e Grand Cru Classé
  • Château Branaire-Ducru 2023 Saint-Julien 4e Grand Cru Classé
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•   “Pretty and stylish and still packing some power” - Decanter, 95 punten
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•   Klassiek gemaakt, modern en puur van stijl
•   “Clearly a top vintage of Branaire Ducru” - The Wine Cellar Inside, 93-95 punten

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  • Smaakprofiel
    Complex, krachtig & vol
  • Druivenras
    Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
  • Land & Regio
    Frankrijk, Bordeaux, Saint-Julien
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“clearly a top vintage of Branaire Ducru” - Jeff Leve (The Wine Cellar Inside)

Voor Château Branaire-Ducru was het een thuiswedstrijd; de overzichtsproeverij van Saint-Julien werd bij hen gehouden. Colin Hay (The Drinks Business) beschrijft het als een château “whose ascent towards the summit continues”. Oogstjaar 2023 markeert een nieuw hoogtepunt en is, in de woorden van Jeff Leve (The Wine Cellar Inside); “clearly a top vintage of Branaire Ducru!”.

De familie Maroteaux kocht het château in 1988 en na destijds al nieuwe wijnfaciliteiten te hebben gebouwd, was het de afgelopen jaren weer zover. De overgang in 2022 naar de vernieuwde vatenkelder, met 63 kleine tanks om per perceel te kunnen vinifiëren, heeft een wezenlijke rol in gespeeld in de kwaliteit van 2023.

De wijn heeft nu een eleganter profiel. Neal Martin (Vinous) noemde het dan ook “certainly one of the most elegant Branaire-Ducru vintages to date”. Dat, terwijl Branaire-Ducru al bekend stond om een stijl van finesse; het heeft iets weg van de flair van Margaux, maar aromatischer en steviger door de druiven-samenstelling. Hoofdzakelijk bestaat de wijn uit cabernet sauvignon (61%) en merlot (30%), aangevuld met cabernet franc en petit verdot.

Dit jaar maakt Branaire-Ducru een ‘lineaire’, pure en precieze indruk, die volledig in lijn ligt met de jaargang. De wijn wordt 18 maanden gerijpt op eikenhouten vaten, waarvan 60% nieuw hout. Het is in werkelijkheid dus een klassiek gemaakte Bordeaux, maar voelt (tot ons grote plezier) toch modern aan.

Ondanks dat de blend nagenoeg gelijk is aan 2022, heeft de wijn namelijk zachtere tannine, fijnere zuren en iets minder alcohol. Dat geeft meer ruimte voor het geurige, lichtvoetige bouquet: rozen, rode bessen, grafiet, drop, een vegetale toets van groene kruiden. De wijn heeft spanning en levendigheid door precies de goede dosage zuren; het nodigt uit tot nog een slok, benadrukt het frisse gemak van de wijn zonder de aandacht te vragen. Met wat donker fruit en hartigheid komt de kleine toevoeging van petit verdot nog even om de hoek kijken, maar wat achterblijft is de fijne structuur, munt en het sappige fruit. Het is een “polished finish” (James Suckling, 95-96 punten).

En als u tenslotte twijfelt over het bewaarpotentieel van zo’n elegante wijn, herinneren wij u graag aan de slotwoorden van Jeff Leve: “It's one hell of a classy, balanced 2023 that will have 20+ years of prime drinking”.
WijnsoortRode Wijn
En PrimeurJa
LandFrankrijk
DruivenrasMerlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
RegioBordeaux, Saint-Julien
SmaakprofielComplex, krachtig & vol
Jaargang2023
Flesinhoud0.75
Alcoholgehalte14 %
ClassificatieAOC Saint Julien
Op dronk vanaf2030
Op dronk tot2048
AllergenenSulfieten
AfsluitingKurk
Art.nr.E108098
Awards
  • Château Branaire-Ducru 2023 Saint-Julien 4e Grand Cru Classé
  • Château Branaire-Ducru 2023 Saint-Julien 4e Grand Cru Classé
  • Château Branaire-Ducru 2023 Saint-Julien 4e Grand Cru Classé
  • Château Branaire-Ducru 2023 Saint-Julien 4e Grand Cru Classé

James Suckling 
(95-96)/100 punten
This has so much lead pencil, stone and blackcurrant character, as well as blackberry. It’s medium-bodied with a solid core of fruit and a polished finish. Very classy and structured.

Decanter 
95/100 punten
Really fragrant on the nose; graphite and liquorice, dark blackcurrant and bramble fruit elements with highly-charged floral aromatics. Smells rich and ripe but clean also. Precise and finessed, this has a lovely energy straight away, great movement and motion from start to finish. Juicy and supple, crunchy, really lovely acidity, not too sharp or too tart with fine tannins that give such a lovely frame. Not dense at all - this is streamlined but is given some weight by the ripe fruit and some texture by the soft stoniness. Pretty and stylish and still packing some power - has a tiny air of opulence about it probably because they’ve used all four grapes with Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc adding complexity. It has a bit more warmth, and a touch of sweetness, than some others which are more straight. I like this a lot, still with freshness and cool undertones. Hints of cedar and spiced mint on the finish with some graphite and wet stone too. 18 months ageing, 60% new oak. 13% press wine. First vintage in the new, gravity-fed cellar. 53% grand vin production. 3.63pH. 51hl/ha yield. 3.5% Petit Verdot completes the blend.

The Wine Cellar Inside 
(93-95)/100 punten
Showing a depth in the color, aromatically, the wine exudes blackberries, plums, charcoal, tobacco, black currants, cinnamon, and flowers in the perfume. Palate-wise, the wine is perfectly balanced between its silky textures and vibrant acidities. The finish is soft, polished, refined, and flavorful, leaving you with hints of turmeric, chocolate, and sweet, black currants. This is clearly a top vintage of Branaire Ducru! The length of the harvest, with the extra hang time, gave the team the chance to pick when they wanted to. This is a wine that is going to age quite well, yet it will be delicious to drink with just a few years of aging. The wine blends 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5.5% Cabernet Franc, and 3.5% Petit Verdot. 13.1% ABV, 3.63 pH. The harvest took place September 12 - October 4. Yields were large at 53 hectoliters per hectare. Drink from 2028-2060.

William Kelley (Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate)
(93-94)/100 punten
The 2023 Branaire-Ducru has turned out beautifully, wafting from the glass with classy aromas of dark berries, plums, pencil shavings and licorice, followed by a medium to full-bodied, cool and layered palate that's seamless, complete and enveloping, with terrific depth and vibrancy of fruit, refined tannins and a long, suave finish. At 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5.5% Cabernet Franc and 3.5% Petit Verdot, it's almost the same blend as the 2022, though at 13.1% alcohol and a pH of 3.63, it's more classically proportioned. Harvest began on September 12 and dragged on through October 4, parcel by parcel, with the vintage's healthy yields meaning the team could use their new winery, equipped with 63 smaller tanks, to keep all those components separate.

Neal Martin (Vinous)
(92-94)/100 punten
The 2023 Branaire Ducru was picked from September 12, on the same day as last year, albeit with a longer harvest, as they finished on October 4. Yields were 53hL/ha, and the blend is almost the same as the 2022. This is the second vintage made in the new winery. My sample came from a new-oak barrel, but the final blend will include 60%. Lucid purple in color, it has a charming, very pure bouquet, perhaps less opulent than some of its Saint-Julien peers, yet precise. Delicate floral scents permeate the predominant red fruit, never bursting from the glass but unfurling with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly edgy tannins that impart tension, veering slightly more to black fruit on the mid-palate. This is certainly one of the most elegant Branaire-Ducru vintages to date, but it has more weight on the finish (something that has been addressed in recent years.) Understated and sapid, it should be open for business a little earlier than others, but it will age well over 20 to 25 years. 

The Drinks Business
(93-94)/100 punten
Located just across from Château Beychevelle, the 2023 Château Branaire-Ducru reveals a dense ruby/purple hue as well as absolute classic notes of red and blue fruits, spring flowers, sappy, and cedarwood. It's medium to full-bodied, has a supple, layered, elegant mouthfeel, remarkable purity, and ultra-fine tannins. It's one hell of a classy, balanced 2023 that will have 20+ years of prime drinking.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown (The Wine Independent)
(92-94)/100 punten
The 2023 Branaire-Ducru is deep garnet-purple in color. It reveals fragrant scents of crushed blackcurrants, Morello cherries, and lavender oil, giving way to hints of graphite, tar, and aniseed. The medium-bodied palate delivers a good amount of black berry flavors, with savory accents and ripe, grainy tannins to support, finishing with an herbal lift.

Antonio Galloni (Vinous)
(91-93)/100 punten
The 2023 Branaire-Ducru offers up pretty notes of crushed red/purplish berry fruit, lavender, spice and mint. At this stage, the 2023 comes across as a bit light, even within the context of this property, where the wines are always laid back relative to neighboring estates. Perhaps the 2023 will flesh out over time. We will see. Tasted two times.

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