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    23
  • Decanting time

    1h
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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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Latest Pro-tasting notes

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Tasting note

color

Mature and Brick red

ending

Long

flavors

Blackcurrant, Cedar, Cigar-box, Leather and Cassis

nose

Mature and Charming

recommend

Yes

taste

Perfectly balanced, Mature, Harmonious, Elegant and Silky tannins

Verdict

Excellent

Written Notes

Imported by Cross & Blackwell Vintage Cellars.  Upper-shoulder fill.  Alcohol 11.5%.  There was a good, moderately deep garnet color.  The nose had quite the bottle stink at first which morphed into wild onions and eventually cedar underlaid by onions.  The wine eventually became savory and mouthing filling with notes of cedar followed by tart red and black fruit.  The middle was lifted with a sappy nature, integrated acidity and a decent length. There was even still some ripe structure and blue fruit which was left on the gums.  The wine was a bit linear at times with a short finish but did give ethereal sensations of midplate ripeness.  ** Now.

  • 83p
One of my favourite clarets. I have been drinking this wine regularly over the last 25 years and it does not seemed to have aged at all. It is very elegant with a classic nose of cedar and cassis. Sweet fruit and a long finish. Great balance. Will drink well for another 25 years.
  • 93p
"A spectacular bettle of Ducru. Fully mature with lots of energy, elegant, silky and long. Notes of earth, coffee, herbs."
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Origin

St.Julien, Bordeaux

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