La Croix Ducru Beaucaillou, St Julien
Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

La Croix Ducru Beaucaillou, St Julien,

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La Croix Ducru Beaucaillou, St Julien, 2022

Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
La Croix Ducru Beaucaillou, St Julien, 2022

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.

ABV:
13%
93/100
Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux
Sculpted, with muscular tannins, keeps things strictly controlled on the opening beats, then opens to show creamy damson and blackberry fruits, grilled vanilla bean, peony, iris, bitter chocolate, lifted aromatics of peony and crushed rose petals, and clear salinity on the finish. This is intense and impressive, aged in 80% new oak. Harvest September 7 to October 4, almost an entire month of harvesting, unusual for the vintage. Tasted twice
Date Reviewed:
05/2023
90-92/100
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Independent
The 2022 La Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou is a blend of 66% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2% Petit Verdot. Deep garnet-purple in color, it needs a swirl or two to reveal very pure, evocative notes of baked plums, boysenberries, and pencil shavings, leading to suggestions of sauteed herbs and forest floor. The medium-bodied palate is intensely fruity and tightly wound with loads of savory layers and a firm backbone of grainy tannins, leading to a long, mineral-laced finish. This is impressive! pH 3.75, TPI 93.
Date Reviewed:
05/2023
93-95/100
Neal Martin, Vinous
The 2022 La Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou contains a lot more Merlot this year as they were compensating for the lack of Cabernet Sauvignon, this Deuxième Vin raised in 80% new oak. It has a delineated bouquet with a mixture of red and black fruit. The briary and smoky aromas feel more understated compared to its peers. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins and seamlessly integrated oak that lends a silky texture. Very harmonious with an insistent grip (the IPT is 93), it lacquers the mouth long after it has departed. That Pauillac tincture is displayed and defines its precise finish. Excellent, but be warned that the oak will require several years to assimilate fully. Not so far behind the Grand Vin because of the growing season.
Date Reviewed:
05/2023

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France
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Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

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.

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