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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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Deep, Purple and Clear


Long, Smooth and Extensive


Blackcurrant, Cedar, Cassis, Blackberry, Cranberry and Licorice


Intense, Complex, Opulent and Seductive




High in Acidity, Low alcohol content, High tannin, Balanced, Youthful, Full-bodied, Harmonious, Focused, Elegant, Dry and Silky tannins


Excellent and Intelligent

Written Notes

The wine that was paired with it had deeper fruit and a nutty nose. There was real perfume here, and a sweet sex appeal. Its nose was certifiably in a great spot, and its palate was creamy, smooth and lush. There was good spice on its finish. This was a delicious wine with flashes of 1996 and 1982. Every time I have an ’04 claret nowadays, they’re freaking delicious, load up on the 2004 Ducru Beaucaillou for drinking (94).
  • 94p

Tasted in February 2022. 77% Cabernet Sauvignon + 23% Merlot. Quite similar to 1996 in terms of style. Intense nose of cassis, graphite, and cigar box. Juicy, lively, and compact on the palate with strong tannin, marked acidity, and persistent finish. Youthful wine, which will soften and flourish more in 5-10 years.

  • 93p

Dark ruby, intense, leaping out of the glass, blackcurrants, leather, blackberries, needs a lot of time in the glass to open and settle down, at first a fruit bomb, after 20 minutes, much more commune typical and elegant, with more layers and nuances. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, slightly herbal finish, elegant texture. Wait ten years or more. 92 (will probably be higher with time)

  • 92p
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