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2014 du Château Ducru Beaucaillou Saint Julien

Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Haut Médoc
Village Saint Julien
ABV 14%

Big, broad nose, full of creamy dark fruit and leafy tobacco notes. There is an impressive dense, deep fruit core of glossy black cherries. Highly polished, it is so slick, but not overbearingly so. Modern, but smart and a lovely compact, intense push of nicely oven-baked fruits allied to the silky tannins. Long and powerful. Rating: 92 L&S (Apr 2015)

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The La Croix de Beaucaillou 2014 is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot that is raised in 60% new oak. This needs a few minutes to settle down in the glass, which is no problem since Bruno and I always have a good natter about the vintage. There is a sense of nonchalance on the nose, nothing too extravagant, quite “contained” compared to recent vintages but clearly with good concentration that will be more evident post-bottling. The palate is medium-bodied with dense tannin, a little powdery in texture, but I like the symmetry and focus defining the finish. Great potential, though it will require 4 to 5 years to fully assimilate that new oak. Drinking range: 2018 - 2030 Rating: 90-92 Neal Martin, (May 2015)

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