Château Ducru Beaucaillou is located in Right bank of Bordeaux in Saint Julian. It is recognized as the only second growth that can be compared with Las Cases. The winery went through several operators and was acquired by Francis Borie in 1941. The Borie family has always upheld the rigorous spirit of winemaking to show respect for nature and the land, as well as the characteristics of each vintage. Its quality is delicate and balanced in its youth, and it is quite delicious to drink; however, when it is properly aged, it will reveal the charming elegance and depth of Médoc's first-class wines, and it can be described as a personable gentleman. Nowaday it is recognized as a super second-growth winery. The wine quality and strength are comparable to first-level wineries. The price is affordable and has great collection value and aging potential. No wonder it has been loved by connoisseurs all over the world.
The name of the winery comes from the French beaux cailloux (ancient quartz pebbles). You can see that the vineyards are covered with gravel. The average age of the trees is 35 years. It is sold as Second Army Wine. The Borie family is currently in the third generation after taking over Ducru Beaucaillou in 1942. It not only led the winery to its current position, but also owned the fifth-level winery Grand-Puy Lacoste and Haut-Batailley. In 1970, it also owned the third-level winery Lagrange A vineyard is bought and Lalande-Borie is created.
Deep purple-black colored, it has a powerful nose of baked black cherries, blackberry preserves and crème de cassis with nuances of menthol, pencil lead, cedar chest and Indian spices, plus fragrant wafts of violets and licorice emerging after a few minutes. Medium to full-bodied, the palate bursts with impactful black fruits and exotic spices layers, supported by firm, ripe grainy tannins and bags of freshness, finishing on a lingering fragrant earth note. There is a brightness to the wine - surprising freshness - and yet it remains very rich and hedonic, presenting an extraordinary vinous paradox that will blow away fans of this great estate.
Robert Parker (98)
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