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Château Ducru Beaucaillou

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  • 96 Points - The Wine Advocate

    ”The 2014 Ducru Beaucaillou showed extremely well when I tasted it with Bruno Borie during en primeur. Now in bottle, it delivers on that promise with beautifully defined blackberry and raspberry fruit infused with cedar and pencil box aromas. Quintessentially Saint Julien. The palate is very well defined with fine tannin, pitch-perfect acidity, a palpable sense of energy and frisson from start to finish that delivers plenty of tobacco-infused fruit. It is not the perfection-flirting legend that I have read elsewhere; it is just a damn good Saint Julien that is going to drink beautifully over the next 25 to 30 years." - Neal Martin

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    • Château Ducru Beaucaillou

      Château Ducru Beaucaillou

      Onshore Cellars - ICONIC Producer

      Château Ducru-Beaucaillou is one of the leading Super Seconds and for many is the quintessential St Julien, producing wines that are deep-coloured, powerful, ripe and exquisitely well-balanced.

      "Ducru has always been a wine of finesse rather than sheer brute power, a kind of Burgundian Bordeaux."Jay McInerney

      It is said that the best wines of the Médoc are produced from vines in view of the sea. Ducru-Beaucaillou has 50 hectares of vineyards on the banks of the Gironde estuary overlooking the water, all with the famed Médoc well drained gravel, with stones up to 2.5 inches in diameter. The name of the château in fact is derived from these as ‘Beaucaillou’ means ‘beautiful pebble’. The vineyards are planted with 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot.

      Ducru-Beaucaillou is owned and run by the illustrious Borie family who also own several other châteaux, including some that carry their name. It was here in the late 19th century that the cure for the mildew plague that decimated the vineyards of Bordeaux and elsewhere was created, safeguarding the future of viticulture. Bordeaux mixture as it became known is a copper-based preventative spray permitted in organic farming which wards off mould and mildew very successfully.