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Ducru Beaucaillou
16 June 2016

Ducru Beaucaillou’s ascendancy to the top in recent years has been fascinating to watch and taste. Though the ‘Super Second’ category is currently packed with estates utterly focused on quality, for us it is quite clear that Bruno’s Ducru Beaucaillou takes number one spot in 2015. This is a beautiful wine. So luxurious, and polished, it exhibits endless layers of decadent dark fruits and a lingering, moreish finish. It is utterly engaging.

‘The 2015 Ducru Beaucaillou is a blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot, picked from around 28 September to 6 October. Matured in 100% new oak for what will be 18 months, delivering 13.5% alcohol, it has a relatively opulent bouquet for Saint Julien, with ripe black plum mixed with blackberry and cranberry, very well defined and neatly interwoven with the new oak. The palate is medium-bodied with a slightly savory opening, gently but insistently gripping the mouth. It feels dense and structured with a subtle marine-like note towards the linear, black olive-tinged finish. Bruno Borie has a 2015 with backbone, with longevity in mind. I suspect this will require a decade for the tannins to soften and continue the purple patch for this grand estate. Drink 2025 - 2050. 94-96/100’. - Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate

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