Chateau Branaire Ducru 1996
The first owner who founded Branaire Ducru was Jean-Baptiste Braneyre, who created the estate in 1680. As was the traditional custom of the day in Bordeaux, the owner gave the estate his name, which is where the first part of the properties name came from. Patrick Maroteaux bought Branaire Ducru in 1988, and has since focussed on reducing yields, modernising winemaking techniques, and in 1991 made Branaire the first left-bank producer to introduce gravity flow winemaking.
Robert Parker: "My concerns about the 1996 Branaire turning out too tannic were unfounded. Tasted three times out of bottle, it is a textbook Branaire, with a tell-tale floral, raspberry, and black currant-scented nose intermixed with minerals and floral nuances. Elegant and pure, with surprising lushness and sweet, well-integrated tannin, this medium-bodied, finesse-styled wine should be at its finest between 2005-2018."
Region: St. Julien, Bordeaux, France
Grapes: Cabernet dominant