2020 - Le Petit Ducru de Ducru Beaucaillou St Julien
06C0PDUC6PK _ 2020 - Le Petit Ducru de Ducru Beaucaillou St Julien - 6x75cl
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Ducru-Beaucaillou
Region
St Julien
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Sauvignon / Petit Verdot
Case size
6x75cl
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2020 LE PETIT DUCRU DE DUCRU BEAUCAILLOU ST JULIEN - 6x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Ducru-Beaucaillou
Region
St Julien
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Sauvignon / Petit Verdot
Case size
6x75cl
En Primeur
In Bond
Case price £120.00
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Tasting Notes

  • WA

    Wine Advocate, May 2021,
    Score: 88-90

    Part of the Ducru-Beaucaillou stable, the 2020 Le Petit Ducru is a blend of 78% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot. It has an alcohol of 13.75% and the pH is 3.74. It is set to age for 12 months in French oak barrels, 30% new. Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, it comes barreling out of the glass with open-knit scents of ripe black plums, black cherries and mulberries, plus suggestions of cinnamon toast, potpourri and dried Provence herbs. The medium-bodied palate delivers plenty of juicy black fruits and a soft texture with unobtrusive acidity and a savory finish. Drink 2023-2033

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, May 2021,
    Score: 91-93

    The new title for the historically named Lalande Borie. The high proportion of Merlot is stylistically perfect for both this wine and vintage. Flamboyant black cherry and cocoa, ripe subtle tannins and the gentle freshness will allow this to be drunk in its relative youth with less patience required than for the other wines in the Ducru stable.

  • JS

    James Suckling, April 2021,
    Score: 93-94

    A linear, creamy-textured red with blackcurrant, light walnut and a hint of chocolate. Medium-bodied with an attractive center palate and a round finish. 78% merlot and 18% cabernet, the rest petit verdot.

  • WCI

    Wine Cellar Insider, May 2021,
    Score: 90-92

    Tobacco, spice and red fruits come forward easily. Medium-bodied, soft, supple, fresh and forward define this wine. This charmer is already a pleasure to drink, you can think of it as a baby Ducru Beaucaillou, as it is essentially the third wine of Ducru.

  • JD

    Jeb Dunnuck, May 2021,
    Score: 90-92

    A more Merlot-dominated wine from a handful of vineyards in Saint-Julien, the 2020 Le Petit Ducru De Ducru-Beaucaillou checks in as 78% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the remaining 4% Petit Verdot. Brought up in 30% new French oak, it has classic Saint-Julien cassis and darker berry fruits as well as beautiful tobacco, earth, and chocolate nuances, with classy background oak. It brings another level of purity, precision, and length and is a beautiful, classic Saint-Julien. While it's mostly Merlot, it has a very classic Saint-Julien style. It's billed as the third wine of the domaine, but it matches plenty of the estate's second

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, May 2021,
    Score: 16.5

    This is the new name for Château Lalande-Borie and it comes from a 25ha vineyard on the far west of the property which was purchased back in the seventies. Le Petit Ducru benefits from some declassified parcels from the Grand Vin and also La Croix, so there is a lot to hang onto in this glass. It seems to me that this is a tremendous introduction to not only Saint-Julien but also the Ducru-style because it manages to sing of both elements very clearly. The Merlot works a treat here by adding depth but also succulence and the palate is curiously juicy without being too easy. Plush, round, seamless and instantly Saint-Julien on the nose, there is plenty of allure here and with a beautiful label that leaves you in no doubt as to its parentage, this is a great addition to the portfolio of wines.

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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.