A vintage that was a little austere at first, but has really blossomed recently. Gorgeously elegant, very St-Julien, very Branaire, this is a little less immediately gourmet than the 2012 but it has the freshness that makes your mouth water. Clear minerality and salinity on the finish, makes you want another sip as soon as it’s gone. Lovely. The most gorgeous woodsmoke curl out of the glass after a few minutes.
Drinking Window 2021 – 2036
Jane Anson 93 pt – Decanter
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.
Wine Advocate 92/94 pt