2003 Branaire-Ducru 750ml

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Drink Dates: 2009-2020
Author: Vinfolio Team


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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!

Drink Dates: 2006-2026
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 164

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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.

Drink Dates: 2009+
Author: James Suckling


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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: Issue 126

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 96
Author: Brad Coelho
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 06/18/2008
Drink Dates: 04/01/2008
Site Blog: Unidentified Appellation 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!

1 of 2 people found this review useful.


Rating: 94
Author: wineangelo
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 09/16/2014

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Rating: 93
Author: Dnadoc00
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 06/30/2013

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Rating: 93
Author: gotwine
Trust Rating: 87
Tasted On: 07/14/2014
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

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Average rating: 90, based on 8 reviews
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5474 bottles owned by 887 collectors.

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Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend


Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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