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  • Country ranking ?

    588
  • Producer ranking ?

    3
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    from 2020
  • 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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Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. A wine with great precision, elegant but persistent, complex fruit, fine mild spices, discreet hints of toasted oak in the background. On the palate well structured with ripe tannins, well balanced character and excellent depth. A great success in 2015.
  • 97p
Deep colour. Intense dark cherry, cassis aromas with provinces but balanced mocha liquorice oak. Concentrated Sweet liquorice dark cherry cassis fruit, fine chalky tannin and beautiful inky length. Lovely buoyant style with velvety textures and attractive volume. Plush yet refined wine. 97 points. 
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Ducru Beaucaillou Saint Julien - 95% Cabernet Sauvignon 5% Merlot – 13.42% Alcohol Very deep colour, fine nose, tobacco, cedar, good texture here, lovely palate open and facile very ripe tannins this will be a beauty, very fine complex very elegant. Very long. This is an exceptional Ducru, one which the chateau rates alongside the finest ever produced. 95-98/100 2026-2040
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Information

Origin

St.Julien, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Extraordinary

Value For Money

Best buy

Investment potential

Below Average

Fake factory

None

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 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 2015  ( Château Ducru-Beaucaillou )

"Deep colour. Intense dark cherry, cassis aromas with provinces but balanced mocha liquorice oak. Concentrated Sweet liquorice dark cherry cassis fruit, fine chalky tannin and beautiful inky length. Lovely buoyant style with velvety textures and attractive volume. Plush yet refined wine. 97 points. "

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 Will Gardener / Nickolls & Perks, Wine Dealer (United Kingdom)  tasted  Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 2015  ( Château Ducru-Beaucaillou )

"Ducru Beaucaillou Saint Julien - 95% Cabernet Sauvignon 5% Merlot – 13.42% Alcohol
Very deep colour, fine nose, tobacco, cedar, good texture here, lovely palate open and facile very ripe tannins this will be a beauty, very fine complex very elegant. Very long. This is an exceptional Ducru, one which the chateau rates alongside the finest ever produced. 95-98/100 2026-2040"

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 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 2015  ( Château Ducru-Beaucaillou )

"Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. A wine with great precision, elegant but persistent, complex fruit, fine mild spices, discreet hints of toasted oak in the background. On the palate well structured with ripe tannins, well balanced character and excellent depth. A great success in 2015. "

1y 4m ago

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