Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou is named after the beautiful, large stones found in its unique wine-growing terroir. This exceptional ecosystem produces fine, elegant, tasty wines, with a long finish – in short, archetypal Saint-Julien wines.
Perched on an exceptional site with incomparable views over the Gironde estuary, in the centre of a hundred-year-old park, Ducru-Beaucaillou is a majestic, Victorian-style castle, which has, over time, become one of the great symbols of the Médoc. Unusually for Bordeaux, it is built directly above the barrel cellars, enveloping its owners, who have lived here for over sixty years, in the sumptuous aromas of their wine.
Today, the estate is managed by the company Jean Eugène Borie SA, which is owned by Mrs Borie, her daughter Sabine Coiffe and her son Bruno-Eugène, CEO since 2003, the third generation of the Borie family to head the estate.
There are very close links between this estate and the five families who have been its successive owners.
The grapes are all harvested manually. They are sorted in the vines on mobile tables to avoid contact between unhealthy and healthy grapes during transport to the vat room.The vinification of each plot is done individually to optimise the choice of blends. Moreover, the fermentations are carried out separately and customized to take account of terroir, grape variety and vintage characteristics. We generally operate gentle extraction and keep the must at traditional temperatures with moderate lengths and frequencies of pumping-over.The press drains off continuously into barrels to facilitate the selection of the press-wine batches. Malolactic fermentation is managed in vats for optimal control.
The wine is barrelled in duly identified individual batches immediately after malolactic fermentation. Blending takes place during the first racking operation; for Ducru Beaucaillou, between 50 and 80% of new barrels are used according to the richness of the vintage. The barrels (225L Bordeaux barrels, French oak) are supplied by 5 carefully selected cooperages giving every guarantee. The wine is matured for 18 months in accordance with Medoc traditions for classified growths. Bottling is performed with special care in regard to both oenological controls and homogenisation of the overall batch. The 5 cork makers supplying the estate have signed a detailed and stringent quality charter.
Château Ducru-Beaucaillou : Our 1961 vintage
Château Tasting notes Quality: ****** The colour is very deep, very rich and intense. The nose displays complex crystallized aromas. The mouth is amazing: full of fruits, very structured, exceptionally concentrated and very well-balanced. The tannins are soft and the finish is fresh and endless. A monumental wine which is still not fully mature.
Characteristics of vintage 1961 The weather The winter was very rainy but growth started very early thanks to an exceptionally warm February followed by a warm beginning of March. However, at the end of March and during the month of April, severe cold weather predominated resulting in slowing in growth. The first flowers appeared at the beginning of May but cold nights did not allow fast development. Disaster occurred at the end of May: the very cold weather froze the flowers. As a consequence, grapes died immediately. Summer was not very favourable with little sun and lack of water. Fortunately, the end of August and the month of September were hot with lots of sunshine and poor rain. As yields were low, the harvest was short.
Advice for drinking: To drink or to hold a few more years Temperature: between 16 and 18°C Decanting time: 2 h