This is another second wine with grand vin pretentions. The best Croix we can recall, this is aromatically complex, beautifully textured, and encased in alluring tannins. The nose displays hints of iodine and citrus rind alongside blackcurrant, damson, bramble and spearmint, crushed rock, truffle and griotte cherry. This has real presence on the mid-palate with lots of floral raspberry, boysenberry and Chambord flavours supported by large-scale but perfectly ripe, nuanced tannins. Persistent and layered, this grows in stature, fanning out over the long and distinguished finish. A very sophisticated second label.
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.