- Château Ducru-Beaucaillou
- St Julien
- Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
- Case size
- En Primeur
Goedhuis, May 2021,
53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot From a selection of vineyards in the very centre of the appellation and certain parcels at Ducru itself. A really rewarding style, with flavours of black olive, truffle and graphite. This has more grainy textured tannins than the Grand Vin and a healthy freshness underpinning the sweet dark berry flavours. The spice of the Petit Verdot gives an added nuance to the Cabernet punch and rewards on the finish.
Wine Advocate, May 2021,
The 2020 La Croix de Beaucaillou is composed of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. It has 13.75% alcohol and a pH of 3.78 with an IPT of 91. It is set to age for 12 months in French oak barrels, 60% new. Deep garnet-purple in color, it leaps from the glass with vibrant scents of crushed redcurrants, black raspberries and fresh black berries, plus hints of bay leaves, lavender and damp soil. The medium-bodied palate is full of energetic red and black berry layers with a grainy texture and just enough freshness, finishing with an herbal lift. Drink 2024-2037
James Suckling, April 2021,
This is really serious. It’s full-bodied, tight and linear with fantastic length. Racy, so fine and intense. Very fine tannins. One of the best Croix Ducru. 53% cabernet sauvignon, 44% merlot, and 3% petit verdot.
Decanter, May 2021,
So much purity and definition, this is a beautiful wine with clarity of flavour. Touches of grilled almond and rosemary, mocha, smoke and coffee bean, there is so much freshness, with juice rushing in between the muscles and a mint leaf finish. 3.78pH, 60% new oak. Yields were 25-30hl/ha. In a year where second wines in the Médoc have sometimes suffered from over-concentration, La Croix de Beaucaillou is a standout success. Drink 2026-2042
Matthew Jukes, May 2021,
Coming from the centre of the appellation and close to the Grand Vin plots themselves, this is a genuine second wine but it also has includes its own terroir specific plots, too. This is a reticent and intense wine and seems to want to be considered alongside all other wines from this side of the river as opposed to just the second wines. Bruno intends to make this an affordable and elegant version of the Grand Vin and if this is what he is intending then it is certainly close (although at the time of writing I have not seen any prices!). La Croix certainly casts a long Ducru-shaped shadow and this, I am sure, is the aim. As opposed to being a second wine that is more forward and juicy, this is a wine that feels like it needs some age and this is obvious when you taste it. Heady smokiness and spice comes from the oak and fruit and there is more exoticism than expected on the palate, too. The tannins are active and energetic and so I would not advise opening a bottle for at least five years. This is a super vintage for La Croix and it certainly suits its new livery, too.
Jeb Dunnuck, May 2021,
The second wine of the estate is the 2020 La Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou, composed of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot brought up in 60% new French oak. It's a much more concentrated, structured wine offering classic cassis and blackberry fruits intermixed with notes of scorched earth, tobacco, graphite, and chocolate. Playing in the medium to full-bodied end of the spectrum, it has a great mid-palate as well as the vintage's rich, deep, powerful style. It's going to have some up-front appeal given its balance as well as the quality of the tannins, but this is a serious wine for reserving 2-4 years in the cellar, and it should easily have 15-20 years of prime drinking.
Wine Cellar Insider, May 2021,
Tobacco, cedar, mint leaf, cigar box and black currants come together on the nose. The wine is refined, soft and supple with silky tannins, ripe, sweet, fruits, lift and freshness. The elegant finish with its black cherry, mocha and spice nuances tastes as good as it feels. Hold this for 3-5 years before opening a bottle and it will really start showing its essence. The wine is a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot.
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.