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85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 90% new wood. The oak does show, but not at all excessively. Finely tannic rich feel in the mouth. Velvety thickness remains fresh. Dusty tannins and plummy, real damson depths. Lovely alliance of power and freshness. Rating: 92-93 L&S (Apr 2009)
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Robe noire, arômes magiques de cèdre, constitution vraiment étonnante pour ce cru qui n’a jamais à ma connaissance manifesté à la naissance autant de vinosité, raffinement remarquable de toutes les sensations tactiles, plus énergique d’une certaine façon que Lafite et tout aussi racé ! Un des sommets du millésime. Tous les autres saint-julien et listrac de Bruno Borie sont aussi réussis, même Lalande Borie qui pour la première fois me semble à la hauteur de son terroir. Rating: 19/20 RVF 'Le Classement' (May 2009)
Bruno Borie a une fois encore donné une dimension exceptionnelle à Ducru Beaucaillou. Le vin est riche en couleur et possède une sève impressionnante. Grande tenue de tanins en bouche mais avec une rondeur et une suavité extraordinaires. Racé et d'une fraîcheur subtile, il est l'une des plus grandes réussites du Médoc. Rating: 18-19/20 La Revue du Vin de France (May 2009)
In Bruno Borie’s words, the 2008 Ducru Beaucaillou is “well above 2004, with much more structure than 2007, and more sensuality than 2006.” I would add that it is even better than that, and as profound as the 2005. Approximately 33% of the crop made it into Ducru, which came in at 13.1% natural alcohol. This 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot blend reveals a dense opaque purple color as well as a gorgeously sweet bouquet of spring flowers, creme de cassis, blackberry liqueur, licorice, espresso roast, and spice. A testament to the density and richness of this wine is the fact that no oak is apparent in the aromas or flavors. The wine is unctuously textured, but analytically, it has a good level of total acid and sound pH. This fabulous offering will age effortlessly for 30-40+ years. Rating: 96-98 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Apr 2009)
85% Cabernet Sauvignon. 90% new oak. Seven different coopers. Only 35 out of an estate total of 100ha goes into this wine now, though it used to be much more (before La Croix existed as a distinct entity). Impressive density with a pale purple rim. Aromatic and dry but with a lot of rich, velvety mass in the middle. Pretty impressive! Marginally flashy but really makes a splash. Dry finish. Very firm with lots of dry tannin. Pretty confident and savoury.. Wait! Ambitious. Very ‘masculine’. 2016-30 Rating: 17 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Apr 2009)
Fabulous nose of crushed blackberries, minerals and raspberries, with hints of licorice. Full, with very fine tannins and a racy finish. I love the precision of the tannins and the long finish. Rating: 90-93 James Suckling, The Wine Spectator (Apr 2009)
This contains 10% pressed wine (Bruno classifies five types of press wine and only uses the best.) A deep purple colour. Again, the nose is a little reticent at first but unfurls nicely in the glass with blackberry, cassis, a touch of graphite and smoke. There is a fine sense of mineralité this year. The palate is full-bodied, firm tannins, masculine, structured but great purity. Blackberry, cassis, blueberry and a touch of crushed violets. Grainy finish, a little unresolved but very fine matière. Good length and it harmonizes with aeration. More conservative than Las-Cases, but it is still extremely well crafted and should age gracefully. Rating: 92-94 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Apr 2009)
Deep black-red, really fine dense blackcurrant fruit with complexity behind the richness, lifted, floral, slightly leafy, great purity and length of fresh crunchy fruit, totally in balance, a modern classic. Drink 2016-30. Rating: 18.5***** www.decanter.com (Apr 2009)
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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