Having been part of the huge Beychevelle vineyard, in 1680 the Branaire part was sold to a Jean-Baptiste Braneyre in order to settle debts on the estate. The chateau we see today was constructed in the early 19th century and towards the end of that century the chateau was under the ownership of a M Ducru, who appended his name to that of the property. In 1988 Branaire was bought by Patrick Maroteaux, ex-banker and president of Eurosucre. Maroteaux modernised the winery, installing gravity-feed for the wine making and employing Philippe Dhalluin, who would go on to Mouton Rothschild. The vineyard is 60 hectares, having parcels of deep gravel near the estuary and others further inland. Patrick Maroteaux died in 2017 with the reins being picked up by his son, François Xavier.
Case of 12 Bottles
price shown is under bond
duty paid price: £590.14
"The deep garnet-purple colored 2018 Branaire-Ducru begins just a tad reduced with broody tar, rubber and fried herbs scents giving way to a fragrant core of warm cassis, blackberry pie and blueberry coulis with touches of smoked meats and tobacco. Full-bodied, firm and rugged in the mouth with brawny, muscular fruit and a sturdy frame of grainy tannins, it finishes long and savory." Lisa Perrotti-Brown
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