International Wine Cellar
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 138
($80-$90) Dark red-ruby. Plum, chocolate and some exotic smoky oak on the nose. Lush, smooth and sweet but not at all over the top; offers unusual volume and breadth for Branaire. The exotic aspect carries through on the palate, and yet this wine is holding plenty of material in reserve. Finishes with building tannins and excellent length. Offers superb potential for aging.
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Author: Jancis Robinson
Dark crimson with some evolution. Some savoury evolution on the nose that reminds me of the 2008. Good freshness and dense tannins but not too closed – probably more open than some. Lots of obvious fruit here – though in a tannic straitjacket! This is obviously going to live a very long time. There is so much there! Very clean and refreshing.
Author: Robert Parker
As usual, the 2005 Branaire-Ducru is one of the more distinctive wines of St.-Julien. Proprietor Patrick Maroteaux has turned out another classic. While not as opulent or fleshy as the 2003, and it remains to be seen if it will eclipse the 2000, the 2005 is a big, structured, intensely rich effort with raspberry, blueberry, and spring flower garden characteristics, stunning purity, full-bodied power, and good underlying acidity as well as harmony. The hard tannins suggest 8-9 years of cellaring will be beneficial; it should last for three decades.
Author: James Suckling
Very floral, showing blueberry, licorice and mineral on the nose. Full and very silky, with beautifully polished tannins. Long and caressing. This is always very well done and good value for the quality.
Author: Vinfolio Team
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 09/25/2011
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 12/01/2009
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Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 06/18/2008
Drink Dates: 04/01/2008
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Well well, another tremendous effort from Branaire as this vintage will give the tremendous 2003 a run for its money. A lush, vivid and uncompromisingly endowed wine that is layered with copious dark fruits, blackberry ganache, smoke and a level ripeness that is amped up to mythic levels. Such pleasures are found from 21st century Branaire Ducru wines that I honestly feel like I'm splitting hairs to pick a favorite
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