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Chateau Branaire-Ducru 2016 Saint-Julien Grand Cru Classe

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4th Classified Growth in 1855

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The 2016 vintage is an illustration of the great wine years that only Bordeaux has the secret. The beginning of the season was initially constraining from a climatic point of view and this until spring, but fortunately the flowering of the vineyard benefited from a beautiful sunshine in June. The summer turned out to be hot and dry, ideal for the development of the berries. A few rains in September revived the ripening process and at harvest time, the harvest proved to be of exceptional quality.

Blend of the 2016 vintage: 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc.

The robe presents a beautiful deep red color, adorned with a brilliant slightly tiled complexion.

The nose offers fresh notes of ripe fruit and black cherry, followed by mellow wood, exotic spices and menthol.

Delicate on the attack, it shows a silky touch on the palate and quickly reveals a beautiful fruity radiance. Its finely chiseled tannins make it develop rich and powerful, rising crescendo in density and depth to a long and tasty finish. A great Saint-Julien that is still far from revealing its full potential.

Food and wine pairing:

Château Branaire-Ducru 2016 will wonderfully accompany a beef Wellington with black garlic, a leg of lamb of 3 hours, a duck breast with a sauce of porcini mushrooms from the Périgord or a roast pigeon with crosnes and trumpets of death.

It will also be perfect with uncooked pressed cheeses such as Cantal, Edam, Morbier or Saint-Nectaire.

For dessert, it will be particularly delicious with an extra hazelnut tart from Guillaume Mabilleau, a praline entremet or a chocolate layer cake.

Ageing potential and tasting:

Château Branaire-Ducru 2016 is a great Saint-Julien with great cellaring potential, which will reach its peak between 2035 and 2038.

However, it lends itself wonderfully to tasting today. To do this, open and decant the bottle at room temperature about 5 to 6 hours before tasting so that the wine can fully express its potential.

The bottles will be kept in the cellar protected from the light, lying down, at an optimal hygrometric degree of 70%.

Size : 750ml
Appellation : Saint-Julien
Vintage : 2016
Color : Red
Classification : 4th Classified Growth

Château Branaire-Ducru, detached from Château Beychevelle by the Crown of France in 1666, owes its name to its successive owners from 1680 until 1879.

This château is a fourth Grand Cru Classé Saint Julien on the prestigious 1855 list.

The vineyard covers eighty hectares with an average age of 40 years on a Garonne gravel soil and production is around 250 barrels depending on the vintage, i.e. 300,000 bottles for an average yield per hectare of 2,500. to 2700 liters.

Grape variety: Cabernet Sauvignon 70%, Merlot Noir 22%, Cabernet France 5% and Petit Verdot 3%.

The entire harvest is manual and the wine is aged entirely in barrels, 50% of which in new barrels for 18 to 22 months depending on the vintage before bottling.

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