Château Branaire-Ducru Saint-Julien Grand Cru Classé 2010 Bordeaux Red Wine, $107.09-$125.99, 95 points, began with a leggy glass wall and a clear rim with the wine body having purple/red colors trending deep ruby and finally black at the core.
Beautifully aromatic with cedar, toasty vanilla, a hint of caramel, roses, cocoa, and blackberries all perfectly balanced.
The medium-plus body was acidic, the tannin, though striking, was texturally fine, exciting, and enduring, the flavors translated faithfully from the aroma to the whole palate with the addition of violets and licorice, while the palate trailed into the long finish of escalating tannin, the well integrated 14% alcohol with hot white and cayenne pepper were climatic.
This is a big red wine with a big price, but for some, this one will make a special occasion wine.
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