The name, given by the former owner Monsieur Ducru, means "beautiful pebbles". One of the main features of the vineyard is its richness in pebbles which contribute to the greatness of so many wines of the Medoc.
Just before the war, the vineyard became run down and many Bordeaux critics felt it no longer deserved its rank as a Second Growth. During the Medoc Classification of 1855, the Chateau was rated as a Fourth Growth. In 1942 the Borie family purchased the vineyard completely revamped the vineyard and it began receiving top ratings amongst the Second Growths.
A very beautiful purple color introduces us to complex aromas of black fruits, very ripe red fruits and light roasted notes.
On the palate, Branaire has managed to control the power while keeping a roundness and generosity that are all its own. The tannins are supple, do not attack and come to bring a superb balance to the whole.
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