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  • Country ranking ?

    821
  • Producer ranking ?

    5
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    Now
  • Food Pairing

    Beef

The Story

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. 

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Vintage 1961

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.

Serving suggestions
Advice for drinking: To drink or to hold a few more years Temperature: between 16 and 18°C Decanting time: 2 h

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The decanted bottle – thoroughly enjoyed but nowhere near the quality of the first one, the non-decanted effort. This was more blocky, not as generous. Old earth, possibly tiring. Still lots to like and offering good flavours but one that should have been drunk a little sooner, perhaps. One feels it may have received more love if it had not been on at the same time as the much better bottle.
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Château Ducru-Beaucaillou 1961 was opened and decanted 20 minutes before we began. The fading brick red color gave away the wine’s age. It offered an surprisingly robust, perfumed nose. A little sweet fruit framed by plenty of spice, earth and leather. Later on, tobacco notes emerged and eventually dominated. On the palate, the wine was a silky seductress, showing black cherry fruit entwined with spice, leather and a bit of earthy ‘barnyard’. Very silky and smooth with surprising body. It held up well even after two hours of air time. It might have lasted longer too, but I couldn’t keep my hands off the glass! Remarkable balance. It had all the elements in seamless glory. A classic mature Bordeaux. Very, very special.

This is a wonderful wine – the power and concentration of the vintage coupled with the elegance and complexity of Ducru Beaucaillou. It is ready to drink now but well stored bottles will last for many years still. Give it ½ hours decanting time.
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St.Julien, Bordeaux

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 Michael Jones, Wine Blogger (United States)  tasted  Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 1961  ( Château Ducru-Beaucaillou )

Château Ducru-Beaucaillou 1961 was opened and decanted 20 minutes before we began. The fading brick red color gave away the wine’s age. It offered an surprisingly robust, perfumed nose. A little sweet fruit framed by plenty of spice, earth and leather. Later on, tobacco notes emerged and eventually dominated. On the palate, the wine was a silky seductress, showing black cherry fruit entwined with spice, leather and a bit of earthy ‘barnyard’. Very silky and smooth with surprising body. It held up well even after two hours of air time. It might have lasted longer too, but I couldn’t keep my hands off the glass! Remarkable balance. It had all the elements in seamless glory. A classic mature Bordeaux. Very, very special.

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 Jan-Erik Paulson, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 1961  ( Château Ducru-Beaucaillou )

"This is a wonderful wine – the power and concentration of the vintage coupled with the elegance and complexity of Ducru Beaucaillou. It is ready to drink now but well stored bottles will last for many years still. Give it ½ hours decanting time."

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 Luciano Cesare, Wine Dealer (Italy)  tasted  Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 1961  ( Château Ducru-Beaucaillou )

"This is a wonderful wine – the power and concentration of the vintage coupled with the elegance and complexity of Ducru Beaucaillou. It is ready to drink now but well stored bottles will last for many years still. Give it ½ hours decanting time."

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 Ken Gargett, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 1961  ( Château Ducru-Beaucaillou )

"We had two bottles of this wine so the plan was to decant one and give it time and not to decant the other, to compare. I think most of us would stick up our hands in support of the decanted wine and there was a world of difference, but not in favour of the decanted example. This first bottle was straight from the bottle and it sang. Beautifully fragrant with spice notes and hints of cigar box. Complex and mature. Hints of old teak. Fresh and sweet. Amazing. Everything one could wish for in this legendary vintage. A complex, mature wine, full of life.
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