Classified as a fourth growth in 1855, Ch. Branaire-Ducru makes pure and classic St Julien. The estate has recently passed from father to son: the widely respected Patrick Maroteaux – who had served at various times as president of the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux and the St Julien appellation – sadly passed away in 2017. His son François-Xavier has picked up the baton and continues his father’s legacy. The Maroteaux family bought the property in 1988 and have invested considerably in the vineyard and winery since. Superstar consultant Eric Boissenot advises here, as he does with many of the Left Bank’s top estates, including the Médoc’s four first growths.
The 60-hectare vineyard of Branaire Ducru is planted to 65% Cabernet-Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, and 3% Cabernet Franc. The terroir is deep gravel with clay soils. The best terroir is located near the chateau, closest to the Gironde river. On average, the vines are close to 35 years of age.
The wine of Chateau Branaire Ducru is aged in 60% to 65% new, French oak barrels for between 16-20 months. The amount of new oak varies depending on the quality, character, and style of the vintage. There is a second wine, Duluc de Branaire Ducru.