LA CROIX DE BEAUCAILLOU
2009 du Château Ducru Beaucaillou Saint Julien
75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot. Massive, with a harmonious, warm ripeness. Full and supple, very velvety and fine, then very intensely expressive fruit. Very impressive juicy style, perhaps a tad fuller than Gloria, for example. Rating: 91+ L&S (Mar 2017)
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75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot. From the centre of the appellation area and all the young vines too. Deep crimson. Lively and fresh on the nose. Sleek, polished, very sweet and frank – black fruits on the palate. 60% new oak. Dries out a bit on the finish. A little exaggerated. Cool and drying on the finish. 2017-2028 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com
75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 12 months in barrel, 60% new oak. Alcohol 13.4%. A very different nose to the Lalande-Borie and Petit Caillou. Much more elegance here, reserved and with some good stony fruit. Pure, stylish fruit. Lovely style on the palate, very full and creamy, but with a fine frame around it. Very stylish backbone, a great bolus of tannins in the midpalate and finish, although sitting very well with the rest of the wine. Quite long although with some pepper spice here. Impressive and bold. Rating: 16.5-17.5+ Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com
A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot, matured in 60% new oak and the rest, one-year old, coming in with 13.35% alcohol and pH of 3.69, this has a lifted, quite minty nose, blackberry, a touch of cedar, taking its time to unfurl and then later, a touch of black olive tapenade. The palate is full-bodied, quite smooth and sensuous, very pure, quite feminine, small black cherries, a touch of plum and a nice citrus-led finish. Almost understated at first, but growing all the time in the glass. Silky smooth finish. Rating: 91-93 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com
Ducru’s second wine, the 2009 Croix de Beaucaillou, is a thrill to taste. Made from a single vineyard, it exhibits a dense purple color along with a creamy texture and loads of creme de cassis fruit intertwined with notions of charcoal, incense, and spice. Round, generous, and opulent, it can be drunk now or cellared for 15+ years. Rating: 88-90 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com
Yet another top château whose second wine isn’t so far behind the grand vin in terms of quality, Ducru has produced a stunner here. It’s very much a Cabernetbased style, with muscular structure and fresh acidity, but the tannins are beautifully handled, enveloped by notes of dark chocolate, plum and sweet blackberries. 15+ years. Rating: 94-94 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com
The richness of cassis backed by bramble gives flesh on the nose and this depth of flavour enriches the palate. The sweetness of the fruit and rounded tannins gives richness but nothing jammy as there is enough bilberry and bramble freshness to balance. The firmness on the back palate gives the finish a serious quality. 2018-30 Rating: 90-93 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk
Medium saturated color. Beautiful, soft, perfumed nose features cherry, smoke and tobacco. The reserved, elegant style reminds us of the Bordeaux of our youth, in a good way. On the palate, wine #4 is the most accessible in the first flight of five. It displays medicinal, mint and mushroom flavors that add up to a complex wine. In terms of weight, it's relatively light. The acidity is first-rate. An earthy elegance takes hold through a long finish, winning us over. Rating: 95 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
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