Aroma: It has a floral note on the nose: small black cherries, blueberry and wilted violets, the last becoming more intense as the initially tight-fisted wine opens in the glass.
Palate: The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannin. There is very well-judged acidity and its texture is harmonious and silky smooth. The quality is loaded more in the mouth than on the nose at the moment, but it is a seriously classy “deuxième vin” that just needs a little more persistence on the finish. (WA)
Grape Varieties: 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot
Aging: Carefully aged for 12 months in barrels of which two-thirds are new each vintage.
Awards: 93-95pts – Wine Enthusiast; 93pts – James Suckling; 91-93pts – Wine Advocate-Parker; 91pts – Decanter; 91pts – Wine Spectator
History of Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou
Ducru Beaucaillou is one of the oldest Bordeaux wine producing estates in the Medoc. History dates what we know of as Ducru Beaucaillou all the back to the start of the 13th century. Located in the appellation of Saint-Julien, Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou is named for the beautiful large stones and pebbles that cover the vineyard. In fact, the word Beaucaillou is translated into beautiful stones. These stones create ideal grape-growing conditions, as they aid in drainage, reflect sun onto the vines, and keep the ground from drying out. These conditions create the “typical” Saint-Julien wine – elegant and smooth, with a long finish. The outstanding structure of these wines gives them great aging potential as well.