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International Wine Cellar
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 144
($38-$65) 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.
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Author: Robert Parker
By no means comparable to their sensational 2005 or 2003, but still an outstanding wine, this singular St.-Julien always possesses notes of spring flowers, boysenberries, black currants, and graphite. The complex aromatics are followed by a medium-bodied, classic Bordeaux displaying a deep ruby/purple color as well as moderately high tannin. It needs 3-5 years of bottle age, and should last for two decades or more.
Author: James Suckling
There's lots of blackberry, licorice and tar on the nose. Full-bodied, with soft tannins and plenty of fruit. Not the most complex wine, but outstanding.
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 04/06/2013
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 02/11/2011
Decanted 3 hours, then tasted over two nights. Some classic, if muted, St. Julien notes of lead pencil, spice, and cassis. Never fully opened, perhaps in a dumb stage.
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 10/15/2009
Drink Dates: 2012
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