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 2000 vintage
Château Tasting notes-
The colour is very concentrated in tones of
purple violet. The nose is impressive by its complexity and intensity: charming notes of black current, red fruits, enhanced by a slight touch of vanilla and flowers.In the mouth, the attack is rich with silky and elegant tannins. The finish is long and fruity.
The Ducru Beaucaillou 2000 is racy and elegant, it is a rich, full-bodied and complex wine with a wonderful finesse of the fruit.
Characteristics of the 2000 vintage -
The winter was mild with very little rain. April and May were warm and moderately rainy. In June, the weather improved but the real summer only came mid-July. Although from then the grapes ripened gently and slowly. The very dry climate of August and September was very beneficial to the concentration and improved the maturity of the grapes. The sanitary state at the eve of the harvest was good: very good phenolic maturity and a strong anthocyan concentration. The harvest began September 24th and ended October 7th.
- 2000 vintage blend The blend consists of 30% Merlot and 70% Cabernet Sauvignon.
- Serving suggestions Advice for drinking: To hold Temperature: 16-18°C (60-64°F)