2016 Château Branaire-Ducru Bordeaux Grand Cru Classe 4th Growth
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Size: 750 ml
Alcohol: 13% ABV
Grapes: 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc
Region: Bordeaux, France - Saint Julien AOC
Bright, dark red. Very expressive aromas of plum, coffee, smoked meat, tobacco and underbrush. The palate is full-bodied, supple and tannic. A well defined and fine end: flavours of blackberry, briary and a hint of mocha on the finish.
The 2016 Château Branaire-Ducru checks in as a blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, and the rest Cabernet Franc. This medium to full-bodied, downright pretty Saint-Julien has a complex, layered style in its mulberries, blackberries, saddle leather, and forest floor aromatics, with hints of graphite developing with time in the glass. Possessing terrific tannins, nicely integrated acidity, and a great finish, I’d certainly be happy to have bottles of this in the cellar. Give it a few years and it promises to shine for 20-25 years.- Jeb Dunnuck
Cabernet Sauvignon is a red grape varietal known for its thick, durable skin, and the vine’s resistance to the elements. After the birth of the grape, the Cabernet Sauvignon varietal began to be adopted in parts of France by winemakers searching for more durable plants that were relatively easy to grow, and the grape found its champion in the region of Bordeaux.
Merlot is a dark blue-colored wine grape variety, that is used as both a blending grape and for varietal wines. Merlot grapes are identified by their loose bunches of large berries. The color has less of a blue/black hue than Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and with a thinner skin and fewer tannins per unit volume. Merlot grapes tend to have a higher sugar content and lower malic acid.
Cabernet Sauvignon is an amazing food wine. Pair with:
- Braised Beef Short Ribs
- Beef Tenderloin & Blackberry Dressing
- Grilled Steak with Salsa Verde
- Asian BBQ Lamb Ribs
- Roasted Duck Breast
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