Since Patrick Maroteaux purchased Chateau Branaire Ducru in 1988, he has been on a mission to produce the best wine possible from this Fourth Growth estate. While 2000, 2003, 2005 and 2009 are all potential candidates for Branaire Ducru’s best wine yet, I am willing to place a bet that the 2010 turns out to be his strongest wine to date. But, what about 2011 Branaire, and where does the most recent vintage stand?
Patrick Maroteaux explains: “We will produce a rather powerful and colourful vintage due to the low ratio between the juice and the skin. So far, the tannins seem rather approachable and elegant. The complexity of the structure will probably not be at the same level as the 2009 and 2010 vintages. We can position the 2011 vintage in the category of very serious wines. We now know for sure that this vintage will show a very interesting balance.”