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Château Ducru-Beaucaillou




St Julien

Grape Blend:

Cab. Sauvignon | Merlot | Cab. Franc

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

12x75cl £1,495.00

2 cases

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Tasting Note:

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.

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