The La Croix de Beaucaillou 2014 is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot that is raised in 60% new oak. This needs a few minutes to settle down in the glass, which is no problem since Bruno and I always have a good natter about the vintage. There is a sense of nonchalance on the nose, nothing too extravagant, quite “contained” compared to recent vintages but clearly with good concentration that will be more evident post-bottling. The palate is medium-bodied with dense tannin, a little powdery in texture, but I like the symmetry and focus defining the finish. Great potential, though it will require 4 to 5 years to fully assimilate that new oak.
60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot. Repositioning of this wine with the Jade Jagger label. They are going to call it Réserve because it’s a specific plot. 12 months in barrel with two-thirds new. This is the final blend. Picked 5-15 October. Mid crimson. Very fragrant and polished with freshness and a strong savoury edge. Some tobacco leaves. Meaty and yet with enough juice and well-controlled acidity. A little tough on the end now but good acid/fruit balance. 13.25% Drink 2023-2035
Sweet tobacco, dried seaweed and blackcurrants. Full body, velvety textured tannins and an intense finish. Muscular and serious.
The 2014 Croix de Beaucaillou is a dark, voluptuous beauty. Juicy black cherries, smoke, violets, crème de cassis and new leather are some of the many notes that wrap around the palate, leading to a deep, inky finish laced with purplish-hued fruits. Juicy and extroverted to the core, the 2014 is likely to reward consumers with considerable immediate pleasure. The creamy finish alone is incredibly inviting. The blend is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot.
Well-concentrated, rich fruit with florality and charm from vineyards in the middle of the appellation. No longer a 'second' wine. Drink: 2019-2030
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.