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Château Branaire Ducru 2018


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  • Branaire-Ducru seems to exist in another era. The team rarely changes and the working practices are tried and tested.

    Each parcel, each variety, is vinified according to its individual requirements; this micromanagement is made possible by 28 temperature-controlled, stainless steel vats in different sizes. And, while nobody is ruling out further technical innovations in the vat room, they would only happen if they served the long-established Branaire style, with its purity of fruit, freshness and structural elegance.

    In any event, 2018 will have been an "instructive" vintage for winemaker Jean-Dominique Videau and his team. The unusual conditions have refined their understanding of their vineyards: "We are pondering how we can help each parcel adapt to these very dry Septembers."

    The 2018 is a very expressive wine of great nobility, with a freshness underlying its impressively mature tannins. This is a classic, linear wine, very accessible... in other words, typically Branaire!

  • Surface : 59 hectares

    Soils : deep quaternary gravels with clay in the subsoil 

    Grapes : 70% cabernet sauvignon, 22% merlot, 5% cabernet franc, 3% petit verdot

    Age of the vines : 35 years

    Density : 6700 and 10 000 vines per hectare

    Vinifications : Stainless steel tanks with temperature control. Size of tanks adapted to size of 

    vineyard plots.

    Tanks filling using gravity. First modern winery using gravity flow system in 1991.

    Fermentation temperature : 26-28 °C

    Maceration length: 3 weeks, determined by tastings and adapted to each tank.

    Ageing : 16 to 20 months on oak barrels with 60 to 65% of new oak

    Production : 300 000 bottles per year

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