Château Branaire-Ducru Saint-Julien
(2003 Vintage) Opulent aromas of blackberry, olives and toasted oak follow through to a full-bodied palate, with big chewy tannins and a long, long finish.
International Wine Cellar(2006 Vintage) Bright red-ruby. Pure, high-pitched nose offers blueberry, dark chocolate, menthol and cedary oak. Suave, sweet and serious, with lovely inner-mouth lift and energy and sneaky density of texture. Hints of pepper and herbs serve to perk up the wine. Not a particularly chocolatey style for Branaire. Finishes with a lovely light touch and plenty of structure for a leisurely evolution in bottle.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2006 Vintage) 70% Cabernet Sauvignon; 22% Merlot; 5% Cabernet Franc; 3% Petit Verdot. It is easy to be drawn in by this bottling's complex aromas and nicely layered flavors of currants, cherries and stony soil, and the wine conveys a good sense of richness and depth, but intrusive tannins presently dry out its finish and mandate at least five years of age.
Robert Parker(2006 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 04/01/2007
Wine Spectator(2006 Vintage)
Wine & Spirits(2006 Vintage) International Wine Cellar - Stephen Tanzer (2009) - 91+ February 2010