2016 Château Branaire Ducru

Château Branaire Ducru (Saint-Julien)


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A cuvée of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot makes the red wine Château Branaire Ducru 2016 one of the most popular wines in the world. In 2019, this wine from the Wine Region Bordeaux (Saint-Julien) was named one of the TOP 100 wines by the wine magazine Wine Spectator. The climate in this French wine region is strongly influenced by the Atlantic Ocean with warm summers and mild winters, the perfect characteristics to produce a unique red wine.

The Château Branaire Ducru 2016 is a powerful and complex red wine. In its youth it often appears strict due to its high tannin content, only a longer maturing period of at least 5 years in the cellar allows it to develop its full taste.

With 96 points from the Wine Spectator, this French red wine from Bordeaux convinces all wine lovers.

Technical sheet · Château Branaire Ducru

Type Of Wine: red wine
Vintage: 2016 Other vintages
Appellation:Saint-Julien (Bordeaux,France)
Winery: Château Branaire Ducru
Volume: 75cl Other volumes
6L and Magnum
Score: WS96
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon (64%), Cabernet Franc (6%), Petit Verdot (3%), Merlot (27%)
Pairing: AppetizersMixed dishesPotatoesPastaSpicesMushroomsDuckCheese
Allergens: Contains Sulfites
Alcohol Vol.: 13%
Consumption Temp.: 16ºC
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Description · Château Branaire Ducru

2016 Château Branaire Ducru (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Merlot)


  • Colour: light ruby red.
  • Nose: stone and Frischobstaroma.
  • Mouth: Medium black cherry and cranberry taste, nice balance. Medium long, clean finish.


VINEYARD: Château Branaire Ducru

VARIETIES (N): Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot

RIPE: ageing in oak barrels for a period of 16 to 20 months with 60-65% new oak barrels. Light roasting of the barrels to respect the fruity power of the wine.

PRODUCTION: Fermentation in stainless steel tanks, the size of which adapts to the specific characteristics of the different parcels of the vineyard. The wine is the result of a controlled fermentation at a temperature between 26 and 28ºC.

FITS: starters, cheeses, mixed dishes, potatoes, pasta dishes, spices, mushrooms, duck



Château Branaire Ducru

Already in 1860, when Jean-Baptiste Braneyre bought the property, he realized the value of these magnificent Médoc terroirs composed mainly of gravel and width located near the Gironde estuary. The key to the typicality of our wines is in the mineral composition of these soils only. Along with...

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Highlighted review about 2016 Château Branaire Ducru

Mon Copain Caviste

Posted on at 09.03


Château Branaire Ducru 2016

The 2016 weather conditions were particularly favorable at building a quality vintage. ,, Spring is well watered and fresh, but helps develop beautiful leaf surfaces, a good vegetative balance of the vines
However, it must be very attentive to mildew. ,, A beautiful dry and sunny beach at the end of the first decade of June is favorable at a beautiful flowering in the majority of our plots. ,, Summer, from 23/06 to 13/09, is extremely dry (5. 5mm rain in July, 14 in August 5mm) and very sunny
Water constraints are gradually very marked up in the vineyard, especially favorable at enriching windows in phenolic compounds (color and tannins) and then at a slow but complete refinement of the tannins and the aromatic structure of the wine. ,, A rainy period of 13 to 16 September (38mm) is very useful to perfect the final stages of maturation, especially for the youngest vines. ,

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Reviews about Château Branaire Ducru 2013



BRANAIRE CHÂTEAU DUCRU 2013 is a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot 31%, 5% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc.
This 2013 vintage is elegant and seductive. I has a nice aromatic definition of fine fruit and accurate. The palate is balanced, on a pretty tasty flesh with delicate tannins. Good acidity and a nice freshness.

Notations: James Suckling: 91-92 / 100, RVF: 16.5-17 / 20 Wine Spectator: 89-92 / 100

Drink or keep: 2018 - 2028
PAIRING: Game birds

Reviews about Château Branaire Ducru 2015

Gloria Kent
Gloria Kent


I drank this Château Branaire Ducru once with my coworkers.
A really tasteful wine of red ruby colour . Smells good, licorice and violet aromas. On the palate was quite thick.
Good wine, even when taken alone.

Reviews about Château Branaire Ducru 2014

Pamela Miller
Pamela Miller


When you smell it you can feel different aromas such as licorice, violet, .... Warm taste in the mouth.
This wine is rather watery for my taste.