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Chateau Branaire-Ducru 2023

Format : a case of 6 bottles (0.75 L)

€36.67 / bottle (0.75 L)

Wine Advocate – W. Kelley 93/100

Assemblage 2023

Cabernet sauvignon 61%, Merlot 30%, Petit Verdot 4%, Cabernet Franc 5%

In-Stock En-Primeur (delivery in early 2026)

220,00 

Country

France

Region

Bordeaux

Subregion

Saint-Julien

Winery

Chateau Branaire-Ducru

Vintage

2023

Color

Red

Bottle size

0.75 L

Format

a case of 6 Bottles (0.75 L)

Description Chateau Branaire-Ducru 2023

Climatology

The well-watered winter allowed for substantial replenishment of the soil’s water reserves, essential for the vine’s future growth. Subsequent rapid growth was accompanied by hot, humid conditions, which posed risks for black rot and mildew. Flowering proceeded smoothly, with high bud fertility. Early summer was stable and free from extreme weather. After a gloomy start to August, the weather shifted dramatically. Two heatwaves occurred: the first from August 18 to 24, and the second from September 4 to 7. In the context of low water levels, these high temperatures enhanced tannin ripening and concentration.

Harvest

The harvest began early on September 12. The grapes reached optimal ripeness without excessive sugars. Mid-September rain slowed the harvest pace, which resumed and continued until October 4. The later parcels were harvested in excellent health, with fully ripened tannins. The estate’s average yield was 53 hl/ha, a satisfactory outcome attributed to good bud fertility, the absence of coulure, and well-developed berries.

Tasting

As aging begins, the wine reveals a very expressive nose with well-ripened fruit, complemented by spicier notes and a lovely hint of freshness. On the palate, the wine starts with a round attack, developing into supple, mellow tannins. Following the particularly opulent 2022 vintage, 2023 offers a wine full of balance and finesse, leaning towards a more classic style but with great depth. It is built on a fine framework of tannins, refined by the excellent conditions of late summer and early autumn.

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