1995 - Ch Ducru Beaucaillou 2ème Cru St Julien
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Ducru-Beaucaillou
Region
St Julien
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Case size
1x600cl
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1995 CH DUCRU BEAUCAILLOU 2ÈME CRU ST JULIEN - 1x600cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Ducru-Beaucaillou
Region
St Julien
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Case size
1x600cl
Available Now
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Case price £2,421.42 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • RP3

    Robert Parker, April 1996,
    Score: 90-92

    The 1995 is extremely flattering, largely because of its exceptionally low acidity and sweet, jammy black fruit character. It is atypically ripe and fleshy for a Ducru-Beaucaillou, an estate known for its reserved elegance, a la Lafite-Rothschild. This flashy, ostentatiously-styled Ducru should prove to be a hit with not only longtime fans of this impeccably run estate, but also with readers who are unwilling to wait the 8-10 years that top vintages of Ducru normally require to round into form.I should note that while a name had not yet been chosen (the most likely candidate is La Croix Beaucaillou), Ducru-Beaucaillou has begun producing a second wine with the 1994 vintage.All of the wines in this segment were tasted between March 19 and March 28 in Bordeaux. Most of the important wines from both the 1994 and 1995 vintages were tasted three separate times during my ten-day stay in Bordeaux.

  • RP2

    Robert Parker, January 1998,
    Score: 94

    Wow, does this wine have explosive richness and ripeness! Showing even better than it did last spring, the opaque purple color, and the fabulously sweet, jammy nose of black fruits, minerals, and flowers is followed by an atypically fat, large-scaled, structured, medium to full-bodied Ducru-Beaucaillou that is crammed with fruit. With an inner-core of sweetness, glycerin, and richness, this is a marvelously well-made, compelling example of Ducru-Beaucaillou, the likes of which Ducru's fans have not had since the other-worldly 1982. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2025. Last tasted 1/97.

  • RP1

    Robert Parker, February 1997,
    Score: 92-95

    Ducru-Beaucaillou experienced an uncharacteristically shaky period between 1986 and 1990. The winemaking did not suffer, but the inconsistency from bottle to bottle (too many wines exhibited a musty, wet cardboard-like aroma), is history. The construction of a new cellar and replacement of every barrel has guaranteed the conditions necessary to produce trouble free wines. Ducru is on a roll, with fine efforts over recent vintages, including an exceptional 1994, spectacular 1995, and what looks to be an equally profound, super-concentrated 1996. Wow, does this wine have explosive richness and ripeness! Showing even better than it did last spring, the opaque purple color, and the fabulously sweet, jammy nose of black fruits, minerals, and flowers is followed by an atypically fat, large-scaled, structured, medium to full-bodied Ducru-Beaucaillou that is crammed with fruit. With an inner-core of sweetness, glycerin, and richness, this is a marvelously well-made, compelling example of Ducru-Beaucaillou, the likes of which Ducru's fans have not had since the other-worldly 1982. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2025.

  • RP

    Robert Parker, February 1998,
    Score: 94

    This wine is of first-growth quality, not only from an intellectual perspective, but in its hedonistic characteristics. More open-knit and accessible than the extraordinary 1996, Ducru's 1995 exhibits a saturated ruby/purple color, followed by a knock-out nose of blueberry and black raspberry/cassis fruit intertwined with minerals, flowers, and subtle toasty new oak. Like its younger sibling, the wine possesses a sweet, rich mid-palate (from extract and ripeness, not sugar), layers of flavor, good delineation and grip, but generally unobtrusive tannin and acidity. It is a classic, compelling example of Ducru-Beaucaillou that should not be missed. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2025. It should be obvious to readers of my preliminary reports on both the 1995 and 1996 vintages that the family of Jean-Eugene Borie produced some of the greatest wines ever made at their respective chateaux - Ducru-Beaucaillou, Grand-Puy-Lacoste, and Haut-Batailley - in both 1995 and 1996. That has been confirmed once again in the bottled 1995s, and in the evolution of the powerhouse 1996s.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, July 2014,
    Score: 17.5

    This was served blind alongside Ridge Monte Bello 1995 and seemed much fresher. The palate had real life and energy to it and the finish was dry and lively after some fruit that was pretty rich for bordeaux. Great balance – Bordeaux's calling card?

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Producer

Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

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.

Region

St Julien

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.