CHÂTEAU DUCRU BEAUCAILLOU
2006 2ème Cru Classé Saint Julien
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Lovely nose, harmonious, floral, balanced purity. Perfect Saint Julien. Intense but not overly so, pure and direct yet complex too, cedar and spice. Again the tannins indices are similar to 2005, but this is not showing any aggression. Concentrated, intense and long with juice, an irrepressible coulis de fruit on the finish. One can only hope that the price will be less insane than last year. Rating: 94-94 L&S (Apr 2007)
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Deep medium ruby. Cool, refined aromas of black fruit pastille, licorice, minerals and violet, all lifted by a brisk peppery nuance. Dense, lush and fine-grained, with lovely definition to the flavors of black fruits, minerals, tobacco leaf and graphite. Still a bit youthfully clenched today, and less ripe than the 2005, but the substantial tannins are suave and fine. Wonderfully stylish wine that nonetheless has great backbone for a long evolution in bottle. This struck me as modern in style yet clearly Ducru-Beaucaillou. Rating: 91-94 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar(May 2007)
Very perfumed and beautiful, showing blackberry and raspberry aromas, with hints of vanilla. Deep and complex. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a long, powerful finish. Excellent for the vintage. Best after 2015 Rating: 95-95 James Suckling, The Wine Spectator(May 2007)
Similar in style to the 1996, proprietor Bruno Borie continues to curtail yields, now producing just under 10,000 cases of the grand vin, and the rest of the production going into the increasingly high quality second wine, La Croix de Ducru Beaucaillou. The backward, tannic, dense purple-colored 2006 Ducru Beaucaillou offers sweet mineral-infused black cherry and cassis fruit interwoven with notions of graphite and truffles. Powerful, pure, rich, and intense, it should be at its peak between 2017-2035. Rating: 94-96 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com(May 2007)
A deep garnet/purple core. This has a very fine, sensuous, almost exotic ripe nose with great purity: blackberry, vanilla, crushed violets, lots of cedar. The palate is full-bodied and quite decadent: good concentration, very pure and plump though without the poise and tension one finds on Léoville Las-Cases. Very rounded on the finish that could do with a little more weight and penetration. Very attractive Ducru-Beaucaillou that I feel may surpass the 2005 after bottling. Rating: 91-93 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com(Apr 2007)
Black-red, superb extraction that marries fragrance and power, really pure fruit with lots of concentration yet more finesse than in 2005. 2015-40. Rating: ***** www.decanter.com(Apr 2007)
The grapes for this wine come from about half of the 75 ha estate - the half closest to the Gironde, where at dawn it can be 5 degrees warmer than Listrac. 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot. Deep crimson. Spicy, finely polished nose. Very glossy, only very slightly inky. Glossy, polished ink. Gentle - tastes as though it has been ripened gently. The tannins are very fine, pretty sandpapery. Very delicate though a little dry on the finish. Not much real fruit weight in the middle. Inky finish. Gouleyant, very fine, very classic indeed. In the true sense of classic rather than 'off vintage'. Will surely appeal mainly to classicists. [See 2005] Rather in the mould of Ch Margaux. 2015-28 Rating: 17++ Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2007)
Château Ducru Beaucaillou
St Julien Deuxième cru 1855 When the Beychevelle estate was broken up in 1642, in order to pay off the debts of the deceased owner, it gave birth to three Châteaux - Beychevelle, Branaire-Ducru and Ducru-Beaucaillou. Château Ducru Beaucaillou was so named because of the quality lent to the wine by the large pebbles in the soil - the "good pebbles" being "beau caillou" (although it was originally "Maucaillou", "bad pebbles" not being much use for any other kind of agriculture). In 1795, the estate was purchased by Bertrand Ducru, and the name was complete. The early years on the 20th Century were not kind to Ducru-Beaucaillou, but salvation was on hand with its purchase by Francis Borie in 1941. Apart from some problems with TCA during the late 1980's, the tenure of the Borie family has been a time of continuing improvement at Ducru-Beaucaillou. Today, Francis' grandson Bruno Borie heads up the estate. The Borie family also own Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste and Château Haut Batailley. The 75ha of vineyard are planted to 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot have, apparently, left the blend. The Grand Vin spends 18 to 20 months in wood, with the proportion of new wood varying between vintages. A second wine was introduced in 1995 - La Croix de Beaucaillou. Also produced at Ducru-Beaucaillou is Château Lalande-Borie from vineyard purchased from Château Lagrange in 1970 which, although it could perfectly legally be absorbed into Château Ducru Beaucaillou, has always been produced as a seperate wine.
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