Château Ducru Beaucaillou, 2eme Cru Classé, St Julien, 2009

  Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

Bruno Borie is a man who can seemingly do no wrong. A wonderful marketeer and wine maker, his wines have regularly featured in our charts over the past decade. This is hardly surprising given the fabulous terroir and the fastidious attention to detail one finds at Ducru. 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot, the Grand vin will spend 18 months in 90% new French oak barrels. The 2009 was by no means a easy wine to taste; it is vast, uncompromising, take no prisoners style of wine , which didn't do it for everyone, but what is undeniable is that this is mighty impressive, big, long-term, structured and probably something that Parker will love... We found a big, brooding nose of truffle, graphite, liqueur cherries, cloves and high tones floral notes. Some thought it glorious, some thought it impenetrable. This is massively concentrated, powerful and plush. There are layers of sensual fruit, griottes, dark berries and plenty of lift on the mid palate. Although monstrously big, it has a lithe quality and a curvatious quality and a sweetness that reminds us of the `82, but this has better, more vivid acidity.

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.