2013 - La Croix de Beaucaillou St Julien
06B3CBEAM _ 2013 - La Croix de Beaucaillou St Julien - 6x150cl
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Ducru-Beaucaillou
Region
St Julien
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Case size
6x150cl
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2013 LA CROIX DE BEAUCAILLOU ST JULIEN - 6x150cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Ducru-Beaucaillou
Region
St Julien
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Case size
6x150cl
Available Now
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Case price £410.14 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • NM

    Neal Martin, April 2014,
    Score: 88-90

    The second wine is a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot with an IPT of 65 and alcohol 13.15%. For Croix de Beaucaillou, there is a sense of conservatism that you do not usually find. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins and nicely judged acidity. This is an easy-drinking Croix de Beaucaillou with a pleasant saline touch of the finish that exerts a gentle grip. Dialled down this year, but that is not necessarily a bad thing.

  • RP

    Robert Parker, August 2014,
    Score: 87-88

    The 2013 Croix du Beaucaillou is composed of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon and 48% Merlot. Surprisingly fruity, round and ripe, one could almost drink it now, which is not a bad thing in a vintage such as 2013. This lightly tannic, juicy, fruit-forward red can be enjoyed during its first 6-8 years of life.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2014,
    Score: 17+

    52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot. 60% new oak. Baked black fruit on the nose. Rather perfumed on the nose – more Margaux than Margaux, in this year! The fruit has something quite compelling about it on the mid palate – really fine tannins and lovely length. Delicious savoury quality on the finish – loads of personality here. (RH)

  • TA

    Tim Atkin, May 2014,
    Score: 92

    Bruno Borie’s second wine was well up to its usual high standard this year, thanks to selection and skilful winemaking. This aromatic, mid weight blend of Cabernet (52%), Merlot (45) and Petit Verdot (3) has more grip than you think at first. 2018-24

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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.