2020 - Ch Ducru Beaucaillou 2ème Cru St Julien
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Ducru-Beaucaillou
Region
St Julien
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2028 - 2055
Case size
6x75cl
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2020 CH DUCRU BEAUCAILLOU 2ÈME CRU ST JULIEN - 6x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Ducru-Beaucaillou
Region
St Julien
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2028 - 2055
Case size
6x75cl
Available Later
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Case price £960.00 (Ex. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • WA

    Wine Advocate, May 2021,
    Score: 95-97

    The 2020 Ducru-Beaucaillou is a blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Merlot, aging for approximately 18 months in 100% new barriques. It has a pH of 3.83, 13.5% alcohol and an IPT (total polyphenol index) of 90. Opaque purple-black colored, the nose slowly unfurls to reveal tantalizing scents of crushed blackcurrants, wild blueberries and boysenberries, leading to suggestions of chocolate mint, star anise, red roses and unsmoked cigars with a waft of cedar chest. The medium-bodied palate delivers impactful, muscular black fruits with a firm frame of ripe, fine-grained tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long and fragrant. 2027-2052

  • DC

    Decanter, May 2021,
    Score: 98

    An amazing Ducru, one of the wines of the vintage. Hugely persistent, chiselled and precise, yet succulent in its berry and cassis fruit character. The slate and pencil lead finish slows things down and grabs hold of you, I love the push-and-pull of the tannins. Always a confident and well-finessed wine, really flexing its muscles in 2020. 100% new oak barrels. 3.83pH. Drink 2029-2045 (JA)

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, May 2021,
    Score: 96-98

    81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot This is full of the splendour and grandiosity we expect from Bruno Borie and his great second growth estate - a magnificent wine. With a dense opaque colour, there are layers of dark fruit, a touch of molasses, liquorice and cedar. An amalgamation of full, ripe, sweet fruit, poised minerality, and excellent weight showing off some brooding tannic power. Absolute class and I can’t wait to see where it ends up in 20 years’ time. A brilliant wine.

  • JS

    James Suckling, April 2021,
    Score: 98-99

    Really perfumed and complex with blackberries, blackcurrants and flowers. Gorgeous cabernet sauvignon character. Full-bodied with really fine, polished tannins. Superb length and intensity. Very compact and seamless. Ethereal. Just goes on and on.

  • WCI

    Wine Cellar Insider, May 2021,
    Score: 97-99

    Richly colored, the wine delivers a complex nose of cigar box, tobacco leaf, wet forest floor, camphor, red and black currants, blackberry and creme de cassis. Supple, sensuous, elegant and concentrated, the wine focuses on its refined character, purity of fruit and silky textures. Long, vibrant and incredibly refined, the finish builds as it lingers. This gem should start to really unfurl after its 10th birthday and provide fabulous drinking for 25-35 years after that. Not as powerful as some recent vintages, instead this is a stunningly graceful Ducru Beaucaillou. Produced from blending 81% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Merlot, 13.5% ABV. Picking took place September 11 - September 30. Yields were low at close to 30 hectoliters per hectare.

  • JD

    Jeb Dunnuck, May 2021,
    Score: 97-99

    A blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Merlot, brought up in new oak, the 2020 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou offers a gorgeously pure nose of crème de cassis, graphite, crushed stone, toasty oak, and lead pencil shavings. Full-bodied, concentrated, and structured, it reminds me of a hypothetical mix of the 2010 and 2016, offering serious concentration paired with a gorgeous sense of precision and purity. It's going to take a decade of cellaring to hit the early stages of maturity (it will have some up-front appeal if you're interested) yet evolve for 50 years or more. Along with the Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, it might be the wine of the vintage from the Médoc.

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, May 2021,
    Score: 19

    I enjoyed a lively discussion and tasting with Tracy Dobbin MW who works with Bruno Borie and she was extremely adept at bringing the wines to life and no stone was left unturned in search of answers as to why the wines tasted as exciting as they did. She explained the following regarding the season and the ever-evolving philosophies at this historic estate. As we know, flowering was two weeks early and it occurred in a small window of nice weather. It was already obvious that the yields would be down compared to normal and with terrible spring frosts affecting Le Petit Ducru, and hail in the Haut-Médoc followed by further heavy rains in June it was extremely challenging in the vineyards. Bruno’s no compromise mantra was even more draconian than usual and they dropped all affected bunches which further reduced potential yields. In addition, despite the high mildew pressures, they managed to keep this damage to a minimum. Thereafter 55 days of drought followed, but in spite of the warm weather during the daytime, the nights were cool and in the second half of August it rained, which certainly refreshed the vines, but this didn’t have any effect on the dilution of the crop, in fact, Cabernet berries were a mere 1g each on average and the Merlot weighed in at a slender 1.2g. Tracy also noted that the entire first half of September was dry and you had to back to 1958 to find a vintage with this dearth of September rainfall! These mild conditions helped to fully ripen the Cabernet and the harvest took place between the 11th and 29th September. As Bruno has said throughout his and Tracy’s vintage commentary – it is all about timing! While the alcohol levels are around 1% lower than in 2018 and 2019, on account of the cool nights and the rainfall, the fruit was incredibly concentrated and this intensity coupled with the uncommon freshness on the finish of each of the wines is the reason why the wines are such high quality in 2020. This classical balance is derived from ripe but not jammy flavours and the freshness comes without any unripe notes or greenness. They have adopted slightly different winemaking practices at Ducru, and the philosophy is one of super-gentle extraction, which endeavours to extract the colour and flavour as early on as possible before the alcohol levels build. They are also dividing up the plots into micro-parcels to gain even more control when it comes to the all-important moment of blending the finished wines. One final interesting point was that they are now adopting a new strategy with regards to Merlot. The idea is to capture the essence of the grape as soon as it obtains ripeness as opposed to waiting any longer. This is so that they gain freshness in the wine and not unwanted extra weight. With all of this in mind, it will come as no surprise that Ducru is an extremely resonant wine in 2020. There is amazing purity and precision in the glass and the perfume is simply sublime. This is a refreshing and lively wine with delicate florals over a more complex and more intense palate and the texture is silky and super-long. Tracy used the French word, noblesse, which is a good descriptor because there is definitely a nobility about 2020 Ducru. But in addition to this, I sense a fragility that I have not seen in Ducru before. So often these wines are muscular and unyielding in their youth, but in 2020, and with the teamwork and attention to detail that has been put into this wine, there is a level of beauty and definition that I have not seen before and this overlays the depth of fruit and seductive tones making this a truly magical combination of perfume, flavour, poise and power.

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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.