Classified Fourth Growth, Chateau Branaire Ducru is produced in the Saint-Julien appellation. The 59 hectare vineyard has vines planted, that are on average 35 years old. The soil is composed of gravel crusts (gravel and pebbles). The wine matures in barrels for 16-20 months, with 60-65% new barrels. Chateau Branaire Ducru 2016 is a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc.
2016's peculiar weather conditions made it possible to produce a quality wine. The fresh and wet spring allowed the vines to absorb plenty of nutrients. June's dry and sunny weather were ideal for bringing the vines to the flowering stage. Dryness influenced the grapes to develop a rich color and well-structured tannins. Rain from September 13th to the 16th of allowed the berries to complete their ripening, just before the harvest.
Chateau Branaire-Ducru 2016 has a nose that is expressively complex, full of ripe fruit. The aromas are rich, precise, and refreshing. The tannins are dense and silky. The finish is impressively long and precise. An exceptionally dense fine wine that is part of the best vintages in the property's history.