Chateau Branaire-Ducru is located in the commune
of Saint Julien. Branaire-Ducru is surrounded by well known
neighbors. Across the street is Chateau
Beychevelle and nearby you will find Chateau
Ducru-Beaucaillou and Chateau
120 acres (about 50 hectares) producing about 22,000 total cases
(15,000 cases of Chateau Branaire-Ducru).
Classification: Chateau Branaire-Ducru was rated
as a Fourth Growth in the Classification
Sauvignon, 22% Merlot,
Verdot . The
vineyards of Branaire-Ducru have a relatively low yeild of grapes.
This is thought to be due to the high average age of their vines
as well as the stress placed on the vines by the very gravelly
soil. The vines average 35 years of age. In an effort to limit
the yeild from the vines without 'green harvesting', grass is
allowed to grow between the rows. This has the effect of limiting
the surface water and forcing the vines to develop deep root
Chateau Branaire-Ducru has developed a regimen of strictly applying
classical methods but giving them a modern twist. The winemaking
facility was modernized in the last years of the 20th century
and the design places a particular emphasis on the use of gravity
to move the wine rather than mechanical pumps. This was the
first real application of gravity in a winery in modern Bordeaux.
Fermentation takes place in temperature controlled, stainless
steel tanks and lasts 3 weeks. There are a variety of vat sizes
on the property to make it easier to do separate processing
of the grapes from individual vineyard parcels and grape varieties.
The young wines are aged in oak barrels for about 20 months.
New barrels make up 50% of the mix each vintage. During the
aging period, the wines are racked via gravity into clean barrels,
leaving behind sediments that develop in the wine. At the end
of the barrel aging, the wines are racked again and they are
fined in the traditional manner using egg whites. Finally, all
the wines are bottled on the property.
Chateau Branaire-Ducru was originally a part of Chateau
Beychevelle. In 1680 the property was acquired by Jean-Baptiste
Braneyre and became known as Chateau Branaire. It was owned
by various members of the 'de Luc' family for well over a century.
During the French Revolution, some members of the 'de Luc' family
were arrested and faced difficult times. It was during this
period that the family name changed to Duluc. In 1824, the main
building of the property (we incorrectly call it a chateau)
was constructed by Louis and Justin Duluc who owned the property
at that time. The property was further passed through members
of the Duluc family until 1875 when Gustave Ducru became the
sole owner after purchasing the shares owned by other family
members. The Chateau was rated as a Fourth Growth in the Medoc
Classification of 1855. In 1919 the property was
sold to Jean-Michel Tapie. The modern era for Chateau Branaire-Ducru
began in1988 when the estate was purchased by the Maroteaux
family. Patrick Maroteaux is the President of the company and
Philippe Dhalluin is the Managing Director.
Chateau Branaire-Ducru is a spendid mix of power, elegance
and sublety. The wines tend to be 'fruit-forward' in style but
have the structure and power to require at least a decade of
aging before the wine really shows it's true nature.
Serve with grilled meats and game.
Wine: Chateau Duluc represents about 1/3 of Branaire-Ducru's
production. About 7,000 cases of Chateau Duluc is produced each
year. In good vintages, Chateau Duluc requires about 5 years
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