Since the disappointing 1990 Ducru has been rivalling Leoville Las Cases for top spot amongst thesuper seconds. This is a weighty classic Ducru, which blends a powerful structure with superb ripefruit. Another of our favourite 2001s.
Somewhat light-bodied for a Ducru, with a 1999-like personality, this blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and 2% Cabernet Franc is a forward, medium-bodied, pretty effort revealing notes of cranberries, black cherries, cassis, and earth. Full of finesse, but lacking concentration as well as depth, it should be consumed over the next 10-12 years. Drink 2004-2016
Very fine scent. Aromatic. Already complex. Harmony, but not big. Fine tannins. Impressive style. Slightly dry at the end, but a lovely, confident wine. Utterly clean and finely etched. Very delicate. Quite long already. Drink 2007-2015
Lots of evolution and an almost biscuity nose. Quite light and relatively delicate. A pretty, well balanced wine. Not for the very long term. Jancis Robinson Drink Dates 2009 - 2018 Score 16.5 /20
Very big wine with a huge colour, smooth, tobacco-y fruit, fine intensity of extraction with silky tannins, a wine with superb texture and great depth.
Instantly recognisable by its sunny Mediterranean-hued label,Ducru Beaucaillou is always a favourite amongst wine aficionados. Owned by the Borie family over the last 60 years, it has been run by Bruno, the eldest son of the late Jean-Eugène, since 2003. This change in leadership seems to have had a positive effect in all vintages since. Like certain other châteaux in Bordeaux, Ducru carries out cold macerations during their vinification process, a technique in which grapes are steeped in their own juice at low temperatures to gently extract vibrant colour and fleshy fruit.
St Julien is like the middle child of the Médoc - not as assertive as Pauillac or as coquettish as Margaux. It lies firmly between the two more outspoken communes and as a result produces a blend of them both. St Julien's wines have often been sought out by aficionados for their balance and consistency, particularly in the UK. Yet due to its middle child nature, it can occasionally be overlooked globally and as a result underrated by those markets outside the UK. Despite the fact that it has no first growths, it has several second growths including Léoville Las Cases, Léoville Barton, Léoville Poyferré and Ducru Beaucaillou as well as the celebrated châteaux such as Talbot and Beychevelle.