LA CROIX DE BEAUCAILLOU
2011 du Château Ducru Beaucaillou Saint Julien
From vines that are the other side of the road to Ducru itself, with a different exposition, dipping down to the Mouline creek which divides the southern half of the appellation from the Léovilles to the north. 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot. Deep purple, rich and harmonious, rounded, nothing out of place. There's an ample ripeness and fruitiness combined with a luxy, voluptuous style. Brilliantly done! Rating: 92-92 L&S (Apr 2012)
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The ripeness on the nose fills it out all quite black fruited. Black cherry and cassis intermingle on the palate the ripe feeling fruit supported by quite firm tannins. There is a good depth and weight of fruit on the finish. 2020-40 Rating: 88-91 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk (Dec 2013)
The opaque ruby/purple-tinged 2011 Croix de Beaucaillou (80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot) exhibits copious aromas of incense, Christmas fruitcake and red and black currants presented in a richly fruity, opulent style that is almost atypical in a vintage such as 2011 (which generally emphasizes acidity, delineation and more traditional structure and freshness). This beauty is clearly a sleeper of the vintage. It should drink well for 10-15 years. If you haven’t noticed yet, it’s time to jump on Bruno Borie’s bandwagon for the two wines being produced from separate parts of the Ducru Beaucaillou vineyard. 2012 - 2027 Rating: 90-92 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Apr 2012)
The 2011 La Croix de Beaucaillou is a blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot. It has fine delineation on the nose that is dominated by creamy new oak at the moment, although it is completely in synch with the ebullient ripe blackberry and briary fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with quite succulent tannins. There is a keen thread of citrus lemon and a touch of orange rind, with fine delineation and poise towards the tensile finish. This is a very fine second wine for the vintage, fresh and lively. Rating: 90-92 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Apr 2012)
Now with its Jade Jagger label (Rolling Stone and Beaucaillou, gettit?). 'Planned to ask Christian Lacroix but he was working on beer', said Bruno Borie. 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot. First year for the Petit Verdot. 60% new oak. Deep bright cherry. First year for the Petit Verdot. Exotically spiced, black fruit, even a little leathery. Purest phase of ripeness. Then more savoury on the palate. Both earthy and juicy. Very rounded but rich in the mouth, too, good amount of flesh – more flesh than many – filling out the tannins so that they are well hidden. 2017-2028 Rating: 16.5+ Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com (Apr 2012)
Good density of quite restrained fruit, elegantly seductive style. Drink 2015-2022. Rating: 16.5 www.decanter.com (Apr 2012)
This is the second wine of Ducru, but it’s an impressive effort in a year like 2011, benefiting from the addition of Petit Verdot. Vibrantly coloured with violets and Asian spices on the nose, sweet oak, plush, yet grippy tannins and structured flavours of liquorice and blackberry. 10+ years. Rating: 93 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (Apr 2012)
Aromas of plums and berries with hints of chocolate and spice. Medium to full body, with firm tannins and a chocolate and berry undertone. Well done. Second wine of Ducru. 7% Petit Verdot, 20% Merlot, and 73% Cabernet Sauvignon. Rating: 90-91 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Apr 2012)
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