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Chateau Branaire-Ducru 4eme Grand Cru Classé

A Legacy of Excellence

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Chateau Branaire-Ducru 4eme Grand Cru Classé from Saint-Julien, Bordeaux offers a stunning fusion of complex aromas, flavors, and refined textures elevating every wine connoisseur's experience.

Tasting Notes from the Curator

Chateau Branaire-Ducru presents an aromatic tapestry ranging from the deep, dark fruit of blackberries and plums to the earthy, rich notes of tobacco and charcoal. Subtle undertones of mocha, nutmeg, and the sweet essence of vanilla, derived from oak aging, enhance its complexity. As the wine breathes, tertiary aromas of delicate flowers and a general spiciness emerge, completing its exquisite bouquet. On the palate, the initial burst of sweet, ripe red cherries and plums interlace with secondary flavors of cocoa, espresso, and an understated touch of turmeric. The finish is marked by a blend of rich chocolate and sweet black currants, crowned with a slight spiciness and vibrant acidity. The texture is nothing short of luxurious, offering a silky, creamy mouthfeel complemented by refined, polished tannins, ensuring a harmonious and sophisticated tasting experience.

Pairings & Suggestions

Beef Wellington enhances the wine’s lush blackberry and plum notes, balancing the richness with its vibrant acidity. Grilled Ribeye Steak pairs seamlessly with the wine’s sweet black currants and espresso bitterness, its tannins complementing the steak’s marbling. For lamb enthusiasts, an Herb-Crusted Rack of Lamb elevates the wine’s leafy herbs and warm spices, creating a symphony of flavors that blend elegantly. Duck à l’Orange matches perfectly with the wine’s black cherries and subtle floral notes, while the creamy texture of the wine balances the richness of the dish. For cheese lovers, Brie and Camembert are ideal companions, enhancing the wine’s complex bouquet with their creamy profiles. End the meal on a sweet note with a Dark Chocolate Tart, which beautifully highlights the wine’s sweet black currants and chocolate flavors.

A Revered Legacy in Saint-Julien

Established in 1680 by Jean-Baptiste Braneyre, Chateau Branaire-Ducru’s illustrious history is woven into the fabric of Bordeaux’s winemaking tradition. Its name, a melding of Braneyre and Gustave Ducru who acquired it in 1857, reflects its storied past. In 1855, it earned a prestigious place as a 4th Grand Cru Classé, a distinction that underscores its quality and reputation. The modern era saw a revival under Patrick Maroteaux in 1988, whose innovative approaches, such as introducing the gravity flow system, and commitment to sustainable practices, propelled the estate to new heights. The recent tenure of François-Xavier Maroteaux continues this legacy, emphasizing environmental stewardship and quality. Notably, the chateau’s dedication to excellence has attracted global figures like Mikhail Gorbachev, further cementing its esteemed status. Chateau Branaire-Ducru’s wines, often praised in literary circles, including Roald Dahl’s short story ‘Taste,’ epitomize the intersection of history, elegance, and impeccable craftsmanship.

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Technical Sheet

Alcohol Content13.5%
PairingsBeef, Lamb, Poultry, Game
VarietalsPetit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot
Natural WineNo
RegionBordeaux Left Bank
StyleBordeaux Saint-Julien

Storage Instructions

Store Chateau Branaire-Ducru in a cool, dark place with a consistent temperature between 12-15°C (54-59°F) and 60-70% humidity. Keeping bottles horizontally ensures the cork remains moist and air-tight. Avoid exposure to light and vibrations, and maintain good air circulation to preserve the wine’s integrity. Ideally, use a wine cellar or wine refrigerator to achieve precise control over these conditions.

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