CHÂTEAU BRANAIRE-DUCRU, SAINT-JULIEN
BORDEAUX, FRANCE 2017
A historic property that dates back to 1680, Branaire-Ducru produces what Neal Martin proclaims to be the quintessential “Englishman’s claret” that consistently overdelivers for its price-points. Now under the direction of renowned consultant Eric Boissenot, whose clients include first growths Lafite, Latour, Margaux and Mouton Rothschild, Branaire-Ducru is a rejuvenated estate whose hallmarks are consistency and approachability and is a “sure-fire value” of Saint-Julien (Jane Anson, Decanter). We’re featuring the 94-point 2017, a vintage which Antonio Galloni calls “all class and finesse” and is not to be missed with today’s special Concierge pricing!
A classified growth, Branaire-Ducru sits on the southern border of Saint-Julien and was originally part of the large Beychevelle estate, which is now located across the way. With vineyards planted throughout the appellation, including those next to Lagrange and Talbot, the estate totals 60 hectares. The average vine age is 35 years old, with some of the oldest close to 90 years in age, with a majority planted to Cabernet Sauvignon. Branaire-Ducru was purchased in 1988 by Patrick Maroteaux and his team implemented quality measures including a reduction in yields and was one of the first in the Left Bank to fill their wine vats all by gravity—which started in 1991.
Neal Martin calls Branaire-Ducru an “understated wine” that shines at the dining table, and this is no less true for the 2017 vintage. Soft and approachable, the wine shows consistent energy with plump, juicy flavors of berries complemented by notes of chocolate that will heighten any dining experience. Velvety tannins make this wine ready to go, but enough structure remains for the wine to age for another decade. With up to 25% off, there’s no time like now to stock up. Hurry, though, as our allocation is limited to just 50 cases.
*Offer NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in 8-12 Weeks. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More and ONLY valid through Concierge Sales. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer not valid in NY, TN, or WI. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Thursday, June 17, 2021.