Taut nose and quite a solid dense texture. Flavours quite fresh and elegant with good balance in the middle, but the tannins on the finish are firm. Rating: 89-89 L&S (Apr 2013)
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The Croix de Beaucaillou 2012 is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot delivering 13.10% alcohol. It is being raised in 60% in new oak and the rest in one-year old barrels. It has a fragrant, marine accent on the nose with hints of seaweed coming through. It is nicely defined and well integrated with the oak. The palate is medium-bodied and very sleek and silky on the entry with crisp acidity cutting through. There is certainly good weight here with a sweet seductive finish. Rating: 89-91 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com(May 2013)
The second wine (also about 50% of the total production), the 2012 Croix du Beaucaillou is composed of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest mostly Merlot with 2% Petit Verdot. It is a soft, round, attractively endowed effort with a deep ruby/plum color as well as a sweet nose of black currants, dusty, loamy, earthy notes and a touch of lead pencil shavings and vanilla. Well-made and medium-bodied, this attractive 2012 should drink well for 10-12 years. The charismatic Bruno Borie has produced a 2012 Ducru Beaucaillou made from 81% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Merlot (about 50% of the total production). The harvest began right after the deluge that occurred the weekend of October 7, 8 and 9. A lot of dry tannins were present the day I tasted this wine, but I think they will soften and become manageable as the wine continues its upbringing in barrel for another 12-14 months. 2013 - 2025 Rating: 87-89 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com(Apr 2013)
The second wine at Ducru is not a blockbuster in 2012, but lovers of old-fashioned Bordeaux won’t have a problem with that. Elegant and refined, with good acidity, notes of cassis, pomegranate and Asian spices, medium-weight tannins and a fresh flourish of a finish. Drink: 2020-28. Rating: 92 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(Apr 2013)
60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot; two-thirds new oak. The Jade Jagger bottle. Bright crimson – no blue. Jazzy and lively and lots of zest and fruit. Very light tannins, and correct but not much density or tannin. This is for fun early drinking and lots of pleasure. I could drink this tonight. So pretty! 2015 - 2025. Rating: 17 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2013)
Wonderful vibrancy of fruit, depth, a sophisticated and polished St-Julien. Drink: 2016 - 2026. Rating: 17 Steven Spurrier(Apr 2013)
Rating: 17 Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com(Apr 2013)
Features notes of dark plum, raspberry and anise, with singed spice and subtle black tea shadings. Displays refined structure and length for the vintage. Rating: 90-93 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator(Apr 2013)
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