Branaire-Ducru is a historic property with outstanding terroir that was under-performing until Patrick Maroteaux took over in 1988. With vines averaging 40 years, many approaching a century old, Maroteaux saw the immense potential of the 50 hectare estate (planted with 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot.) The passionate owner, who was president of the Union des Grands Crus for many years, has fully turned the estate around in short order.
Wine Spectator Review:
A ripe, chewy, muscular style, with good cut despite the hefty tar, blackberry, roasted fig and singed apple wood notes. The long, anise-stained finish lets the tarry edge play out, though this shows a touch more finesse than some of its colleagues. Best from 2015 through 2025.
Wine Advocate Review:
Haut couture becomes a wine! This dense purple wine has the tell-tale notes of flowers and pencil shavings, and its broad aromatics are intense and totally captivating. Powerful, rich, and full, but less tannic than the 2005 and more opulent, this is a dazzling Branaire to drink between 2017-2035.