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2003 Château Branaire-Ducru

  • 95 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • 80 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 78174-2003-1500

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    ($60) Sexy aromas of raspberry, mocha and milk chocolate. Fat, sweet, rich and full; a large-scaled, seamless wine with terrific volume. Just a hint of exotic roasted character on the palate-caressing finish. As appealing as this is right now, it appears to be shutting down in the bottle.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2006
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    Opulent aromas of blackberry, olives and toasted oak follow through to a full-bodied palate, with big chewy tannins and a long, long finish. Big and muscular wine.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    Proprietor Patrick Maroteaux, president of Unions des Grands Crus Classes, is pulling out all the stops to make Branaire as alluring as several of the Leovilles and Ducru Beaucaillou. 2003 and 2004 may be the finest back-to-back vintages ever produced at Branaire. Even better than the 1982, the profound 2003 Branaire Ducru boasts a saturated plum/purple color as well as an extraordinarily complex nose of black currants, blackberries, espresso roast, white chocolate, minerals, and truffles. It displays amazing freshness and definition for such a complex, complete, and full-bodied wine. A brilliant effort in the vintage, it will undoubtedly close down in several years and need more time, but perhaps its low acidity and huge, extravagant fruit-forwardness will keep it drinking well over the next two decades. A brilliant wine!
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16

    Rather sharp with simple, if smooth - almost soft - fruit, then chewy slightly green tannins. A bit raw. (Average group score: 16.1)
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: alshoh01
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: Dnadoc00
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: wineangelo
  • Self | Rating: 93

    A hint of merlot.
    Author: GinoN
  • Self | Rating: 95

    At it's peak... underrated by most and deserving of a mid 90s score.
    Drink Dates: 2016-2025
    Author: jimc
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Initially it was very tight, but what a coming out party Brainare had! Pounds of chocolate, plum, licorice and floral tones sucked you in like a vacuum. Big time richness, verging on pure decadence. Mocha toast kissed the super-ripe fruit flavors so sinfully that I declared this St. Julien to be the 'Pride Mountain Vineyards of Bordeaux!' Bob Foley must have had a part in it...anyways, the steal of the night- I'm on my way to Wine Searcher this puppy as I type! BRAVO! Don't be afraid to drink her now, she's virile!
    Drink Dates: 04-01-2008
    Author: Brad Coelho
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Thought I was drinking wine given to me by the Renous and was surprised at how much I was enjoying the supposedly lesser wine -It was delicious, feminine and very Bordeaux - wonderful with food - not a WOW wine but rather one to be savored
    Author: gotwine
Located in the southwest of France, Bordeaux is the single largest fine-wine-producing region in the world, with more than 15,000 growers spread over 57 appellations and more than 700 million bottles produced annually. The region boasts a two-thousand-year winemaking history and some of the wine world's most recognized and highly sought-after names. Red Bordeaux blends comprise eighty percent of production, but dry and sweet whites are also well-known. The region is divided into the Left and Right Banks (of the Dordogne River); Cabernet Sauvignon prevails in the former and Merlot in the latter.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1931 bottles owned
  • 264 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 264 collectors)