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    2 368
  • Producer ranking ?

    12
  • Decanting time

    1h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • 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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Tasting note

ending

Long, Extensive and Pure

nose

Mature, Fresh, Opulent and Refined

recommend

Yes

taste

Balanced, Complex, Good texture, Vigor, Fresh and Silky

Verdict

Sexy and Sophisticated

Written Notes


The 1990 Ducru Beaucaillou had lots of slate and minerals, almost too much so as it gave off what I call ‘interior’ aromas, which border on chemical. There were lots of cardboard flavors here, and as much as I love Ducru, I think this vintage has issues (90?).

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St.Julien, Bordeaux

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 1990  ( Château Ducru-Beaucaillou )


The 1990 Ducru Beaucaillou had lots of slate and minerals, almost too much so as it gave off what I call ‘interior’ aromas, which border on chemical. There were lots of cardboard flavors here, and as much as I love Ducru, I think this vintage has issues (90?).

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 1990  ( Château Ducru-Beaucaillou )

"The second wine had ‘very dry tannins,’ and ‘ginger flowers’ in its nose per Vincent. The nose was very shy at first, possessing faint peanut. This wine was all about what I call ‘backside’ elements – leather, cedar and minerals. The acidity was superb, and the wine was very long on the palate; it kept coming out more and more with time in the glass. Classy, long and minerally, this was still young and possessed very fresh tannins. Vincent and I were convinced it was the Chateau Margaux, but it was the 1990 Ducru Beaucaillou. It was impressive, but its subtle style did not stand out for many on this night (95)."

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