After its construction in 1824 by Louis Duluc, it wasn't until 1857 that this neoclassical architectural gem was named Château Branaire-Ducru. This name refers to two former owners:...Lire la suite
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After its construction in 1824 by Louis Duluc, it wasn't until 1857 that this neoclassical architectural gem was named Château Branaire-Ducru. This name refers to two former owners: Jean-Baptiste Braneyre in the 17th century and Gustave Ducru in the 19th century, who named the château after him. The history of the Branaire-Ducru family estate dates back to the 17th century and is intimately linked to that of Château Beychevelle.
Even before bearing its name, Château Beychevelle belonged to the niece of the estate's owner, Bishop François de Foix-Candale. The name Beychevelle was given to the Château because of the Duke's power in the region, forcing ships passing the estate to lower their sails as a sign of allegiance, hence the name "Baisse Voile" given to the estate, which later became Beychevelle. On the death of the Duc d'Épernon, Château Beychevelle was dismembered and sold. The royal notary Jean-Baptiste Braneyre purchased part of it in 1680.
Louis Duluc, a descendant of Jean-Baptiste Braneyre, had a château built on the family estate in 1824. It would be more than three decades before the château was named Château Branaire-Ducru. The château owes its name to Gustave Ducru, nephew of Louis Ducru, who succeeded to the property in 1857, after the death of his uncle. The estate had several owners, before becoming the property of the Maroteaux family group in 1988, headed by Patrick Maroteaux. He managed the estate for twenty-three years, from 1993 to 2016. His son François-Xavier Maroteaux has been at the helm of the château since 2017. To protect the environment, Château Branaire-Ducru has adopted integrated viticulture. The winemaking process is authentic and traditional.
Geographical location of Château Branaire-Ducru
The Château Branaire-Ducru vineyard, with a surface area of 60 ha, is located on the left bank of the Gironde. The estate grows 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc. With an average age of 35 years, the vines are grown on gravel and clay soils. The vineyard enjoys a temperate, oceanic climate.
Wines of Château Branaire-Ducru
Ranked fourth Grand Cru in the official 1855 classification of Bordeaux wines, Château Branaire-Ducru is one of the illustrious vineyards that make Bordeaux an undisputed benchmark in the world of wine.Among the Château's wines, the 2018 Branaire-Ducru vintage is a very expressive wine on the nose, with aromas of black plum, morello cherry and blackberry. After a few seconds, this wine offers notes of spice and undergrowth, which, on the palate, releases a beautiful grainy structure. A medium-bodied wine with a long, appreciable finish.