Château Ducru Beaucaillou, 2eme Cru Classé, St Julien, 2003

  Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

Château Ducru Beaucaillou, 2eme Cru Classé, St Julien

Bruno Borie now runs this property, after a re-shuffle of the family’s estates, and he has already made a very clear impression on the château and its wine. We were welcomed into a rather smart tunnel of a tasting room, painted bright orange with striking brass screens across the windows, all of which may have distracted us slightly from the job in hand! We will not offer the second wine of Ducru as it did not show well (most likely made from north facing bunches which fell victim to the July 15th hailstorm referred to above), but we did find genuine finesse – albeit reticence – in the Grand Vin. Two thirds of the crop were selected, and yields were low at 34hl/ha, blended from 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot. It shows good weight and extraction on the palate, with plenty of tannic structure, a certain restraint, and classy terroir on the finish.

Contains Sulphites.

About Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

Ducru Beaucaillou has emerged as one of the most iconic wines from St Julien. In a commune literally bulging with celebrated estates, Ducru Beaucaillou, under the stewardship of Bruno Borie has hit the front of the pack. A true ‘Super Second’, the estate’s vineyards occupy some 215 hectares although only 75 hectares are used for Ducru. These are largely situated to the east of the D2, running almost all the way to the Gironde and some further inland towards Gruaud Larose. The soils around the chateau are dominated by Gunzian gravel and Cailloux. The estate is not all planted with vines and much of the production is used in the second label, La Croix de Beaucaillou and a separate label, Lalande-Borie. The style of the grand vin is flamboyant, polished and is built for long-term aging.

Appellation: St Julien

St-Julien may not have any first growths like its neighbour Pauillac but has a raft of high-performing Châteaux in its ranks, second through to fourth growths, Including Ducru-Beaucaillou, Léoville Las Cases, Léoville-Poyferré, Léoville-Barton.
Gruaud-Larose and Talbot. For many St-Julien is quintessential claret, robust, powerful but refined subtle and poised. Gravelly soils dominate, hence wide plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon with some Merlot.

Grape Blend: Cab. Sauvignon | Merlot | Cab. Franc

The hallowed Bordeaux trinity of grape varieties that form the stock left bank blend. Cabernet's Sauvignon's acidic, tannic complex qualities marry ideally with Merlot's sweet, softy flesh characteristics, and Cabernet Franc's finesse and freshness. This classic combination has worked so successfully in Bordeaux that it is now mirrored the world over, particularly in warm sunny climates such as the Languedoc, Tuscany, South Africa, Australia and Napa Valley.