Branaire Ducru 2000
Château Branaire-Ducru is a 4ème Cru Classé estate situated near Château Beychevelle in the south of the St-Julien appellation. The 2000 is a gorgeous example of Left Bank Bordeaux in the peak of middle age. Its intense structure has softened to give silkiness on the palate and more savoury nuances of cedar, tobacco, truffle and graphite have joined the delicious core of black fruits. Whilst excellent to drink now, there is enough acidity, tannin and fruit weight to suggest another 10 years would be no trouble.