The nose of Duluc de Branaire-Ducru 2016 displays lovely multiple layers of aromas and very subtle red fruit, and their purity is heightened by elegant floral notes. After being allowed to breathe, it is subtly enriched by spicier notes and the overall impression of freshness is enhanced.
On the palate, the attack is immediately very round, followed by a wonderful fleshy feel and already enjoyable smoothness. It goes on to reveal a very elegant tannic structure. Lovely sharpness on the long, aromatic finish.
The climatic conditions in 2016 were especially favourable to the making of a high-quality vintage.
Spring was wet and cool, which allowed for healthy leaf development, however we had to keep a watchful eye out for mildew. A long spell of dry and sunny weather at the beginning of June was favourable to an homogenous flowering across the vast majority of our plots.
From the 23rd June to the 13th September summer was extremely dry and sunny with only 5.5mm of rainfall in July and 14.5mm of rainfall in August. Progressive lack of water in the vineyard was favourable to the develop- ment of the grapes’ phenolic content – which contributes to both colour and tannins. As the summer progressed the sunshine and lack of water ensured slow but steady progress towards the production of refined tan- nins and the aromatic construction of the wine.
Periodic rainfall from the 13th to the 16th September (38mm at Branaire- Ducru) was very helpful in assuring complete maturity, especially for the grapes on the younger vines.
June 28th 2018
Both our wines, Branaire-Ducru and Duluc de Branaire-Ducru, are made to express a distinctive “home style”.
A part of the vineyard as well as the young vines are used to make Duluc de Branaire-Ducru.
The winemaking process and the ageing in barrels (12 months in French oak barrels) are made with the same spirit and careful attention to detail in order to elaborate Duluc de Branaire-Ducru.
12 months in French oak barrels.