Bright, deep ruby-red. Sappy aromas of raspberry, blackcurrant and sweet spices are complicated by an intense note of violet. Bright and juicy in the mouth, offering excellent volume for the vintage as well as noteworthy floral lift to the fresh dark currant and plum flavors. The wine's sappy quality gives it good inner-mouth energy and early deliciousness, even if it lacks the structure of the best vintages. On the other hand, by avoiding overextraction the lovely 2011 Branaire-Ducru offers plenty of early appeal.
Robert Parker 89
A dense blue/ruby/purple color is followed by notes of raspberries, incense and spring flowers, supple tannins, medium body and excellent elegance as well as purity. The result is a suave, savory 2011. While it does not possess the size or richness of vintages such as 2009 and 2010, the 2011 has plenty of charm and appeal. Drink it over the next decade.
Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024
67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc. Nicely integrated nose. Really lively and with a good combination of ripe fruit and freshness. Good undertow and follow through. Rather seductive even without massive concentration and very little tannin now.
Anticipated maturity: 2017-2026