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Château Ducru Beaucaillou, 2eme Cru Classé, St Julien, 2017

  Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

This is an impressive and luxuriant Ducru Beaucaillou. This great St Julien chateau has produced a perfumed, plush, gloriously decadent wine, which displays the sheer class of this terroir. The bouquet is wonderfully vivid with aromas of wild flowers, pure griotte, ripe loganberry, Chambord, smoke and spices. There is so much dense, mineral infused dark fruit on the palate; wave after wave of lavish fruit cascades over the mouth. It doesn't have the fluidity and ease of the truly great wines of the vintage, and some might say it is a bit technical, but there is so much to admire here. If you like hedonistic fruit and grand, velour tannins, then the 2017 Ducru will be right up your street. So much concentration and fruit. 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot.

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.