- Monday 13 July 2009
Telephone: +33 (0)5 56 59 25 86
Visits: By appointment only
Details: Saint-Julien, 4ème cru classé. 48ha, gravel on clay
Vineyards: Cabernet Sauvignon 70%, Merlot Noir 22%, Cabernet Franc 5%, Petit Verdot 3%
The Château has its origins in the 17th century, when it formed part of the estate of Château Beychevelle. After the latter's owner died in debt, the land was parcelled up and sold off, with Jean-Baptiste Braneyre acquiring the Branaire hectares in 1680 (the name has metamorphosed across the centuries). Braneyre's daughter married Pierre de Luc and the estate passed down through the De Luc family and later the related Ducru family for over 140 years. The last family members to own it were three noble nephews who are represented by the crowns on today's Branaire label. In 1919, Branaire-Ducru was sold to the Tapie family, but its modern renaissance had to wait until 1988 and the influences of
the Maroteaux family, under whose direction the wine's quality has surged.