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CHÂTEAU DUCRU BEAUCAILLOU

2015 2ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Haut Médoc
Village Saint Julien
Classification 2ème Cru Classé
ABV 13.5%

95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot. Rich nose, showing some spice and complexity. Creamy rich and dense, chalky tannins and all shot through with fruit, very tightly woven cottony texture. Altogether excellent. Rating: 94-95 L&S (Apr 2016)

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Aromas of oyster shell, iron and currants. Hints of iodine. Full-bodied, very tight and focused. Love the finish of sandalwood, cinnamon, violets and lavender. Wonderful tannin texture. Linear and driven. Drink in 2022. Drinking range: 2022 - Rating: 97 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Feb 2018)

Containing the highest ever percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon at Ducru, this is a wine of structure and impressive energy that was aged in 100% new oak. Rich, dense and complex, it’s gutsy and profound, with polished tannins, blackberry and blackcurrant sweetness and a long, tapering finish. Drinking range: 2025 - 2040 Rating: 96 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(May 2016)

This is a blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot. The élevage will be 18 months in 100% new oak. Dark, smoky, intense, with black cherry fruit, concentrated, savoury fresh but rich and supple. Smoky toasted notes, a bit of grip here, with a plush, polished feel to the wine, a sweet texture, going beyond medium-bodied which is otherwise the over-arching style in the appellation. This is more plush, with lovely black cherry and blackcurrant fruit though, with toasted pips and a grilled almond edge. This is convincing, pure, fresh and substantial, yet elegant and poised. Lovely ripe tannins, quite convincing, but easily hidden within the body of the wine. A very fine Ducru here. Rating: 17.5-18.5/20 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com(Apr 2016)

Extraordinary blend of finesse and depth from 95% Cabernet. A wine with a taffeta texture that enhances the extreme purity and depth of fruit. Hard to imagine a better balanced, more vineyard-expressive wine. Drinking range: 2023 - 2050 Rating: 96 Steven Spurrier(Apr 2016)

52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot. IPT 70. From a terroir near Léoville Barton on a southern flank of a stream. Small clusters. 40 hl/ha. Two-thirds new oak. Savoury nose - really racy. Very fresh and sinewy. Racy and polished. Dry finish. But pretty sweet fruit in the middle. This 'second wine' showed extremely well even next to the grand vin, but presumably will not last as long. Drinking range: 2022 - 2034 Rating: 17 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2016)

The 2015 Ducru Beaucaillou is a blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot, picked from around 28 September to 6 October. Matured in 100% new oak for what will be 18 months, delivering 13.5% alcohol, it has a relatively opulent bouquet for Saint Julien, with ripe black plum mixed with blackberry and cranberry, very well defined and neatly interwoven with the new oak. The palate is medium-bodied with a slightly savory opening, gently but insistently gripping the mouth. It feels dense and structured with a subtle marine-like note towards the linear, black olive-tinged finish. Bruno Borie has a 2015 with backbone, with longevity in mind. I suspect this will require a decade for the tannins to soften and continue the purple patch for this grand estate. Drinking range: 2025 - 2050 Rating: 94-96 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com(Apr 2016)

A dense and compressed red with loads of blackberry and blueberry character. Fresh wet vineyard soil. Some mushroom too. Full and very tannic yet polished and very refined. Super balance and depth. Rating: 95-96 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Apr 2016)

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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