A ripe, chewy, muscular style, with good cut despite the hefty tar, blackberry, roasted fig and singed apple wood notes. The long, anise-stained finish lets the tarry edge play out, though this shows a touch more finesse than some of its colleagues.
Author: James Molesworth
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93
Bright, deep ruby. Superripe, brooding aromas of black cherry, bitter chocolate and licorice. Sweet, concentrated and fine-grained, with terrific depth to the plush cassis and coffee liqueur flavors. Serious dusty, fine tannins will not stand in the way of early approachability but this wine has the structure for a 20+-year life in bottle.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: July/August 2012
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17
Deep crimson. Juicy and very charming palate entry. All the savour and polish and balance of a fine St-Julien. Great balance. Maybe not much grunt but everything is in the right place. Just the job! Lovely finish.
Author: Jancis Robinson
Wine Advocate | Rating: 96
Haut couture becomes a wine! This dense purple wine has the tell-tale notes of flowers and pencil shavings, and its broad aromatics are intense and totally captivating. Powerful, rich, and full, but less tannic than the 2005 and more opulent, this is a dazzling Branaire to drink between 2017-2035.