Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou
99 JS / 98+ JD – 2018 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou
Super Second Bordeaux
That recognizable, golden label with deep red capsule, Super Second Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou. One of the oldest estates in the Medoc, Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou is truly a star of the Saint-Julien appellation. Proprietors of some of the best terroir in all of Bordeaux, Ducru-Beaucaillou has become a byword for quality. Considered to be one of the "super-seconds" from the 1855 Classification!
– Jeb Dunnuck 98+ Points, 2018 Ducru-Beaucaillou
The finest section of the Ducru-Beaucaillou vineyard, called the Les Sandons parcel, has easy access to the Gironde River and deep gravel slopes. Les Sandons is almost entirely cultivated for Ducru-Beaucaillou's Grand Vin.
Ducru-Beaucaillou is an estate that is truly "on top of its game," according to Jeff Leve, you cannot go wrong with recent or back vintage Ducru-Beaucaillou. Each Super Second property produces Bordeaux wine of unique character and quality that on occasion competes with, or is even better than the First Growths!
When compared with the prices being paid for The First Growth’s today, these Super Second Bordeaux wines can be fairly priced.
An extremely high-quality wine, i.e., 99 Points, you can take home a bottle for just over $200. These came out of OWC, so buy six and ask for the Original Wood Case!
"Aromas of blackberries, blackcurrants, new leather and bark follow through to a full body with a dense, deep palate that goes on and on, but is still shy and reserved. Large amount of ultra fine, cashmere-like tannins that are silky, sleek and wonderfully integrated. Extremely long and focused. Needs at least four to five years to start opening. A beautiful wine for the cellar." JS Jan 2021
99 Points — James Suckling 2018 Ducru-Beaucaillou
"The Grand Vin 2018 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou checks in as 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot that was harvested at the end of September through October 10 and brought up all in new French oak. This is a gorgeous, incredibly complete, classic expression of this terroir, offering a heavenly nose of crème de cassis, cedarwood, unsmoked tobacco, new leather, spring flowers, chocolate, and a touch of chalky minerality. With full-bodied richness, a monster of a mid-palate, remarkable purity, and a great, great finish, it's one of the most concentrated, impressive wines of the vintage, and might also be one of the longest lived." JD Mar 2021
98+ Points — Jeb Dunnuck
"Composed of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot, the medium to deep garnet-brick colored 2000 Ducru-Beaucaillou charges out of the gate with flamboyant scents of baked black currants, raisin cake, prunes, Chinese five spice and eucalyptus plus touches of cigar box, new leather and cast iron pan. Medium-bodied, the palate is remarkably refreshing with all these decadent spice and dried berries layers coating the palate, textured by soft, powdery tannins, finishing long and mineral laced. Stunning!" Lisa Perrotti-Brown Aug 2020
96 Points — Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"Harvest took place this year from 11th to 24th September. The wine was aged for around 12 months in two-thirds new oak. Pale to medium brick colored, the 1989 Ducru-Beaucaillou sashays out of the glass with pretty notes of dried flowers, fallen leaves and dusty soil over a core of warm figs, dried cherries, prunes and spice cake plus wafts of unsmoked cigars and powdered cinnamon. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is still seductively rich with a lively line of soft, silt-like tannins, finishing long and wonderfully savory." Lisa Perrotti-Brown Aug 2020
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