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Château Ducru-Beaucaillou 2018

Bordeaux - Saint-Julien - 2ème Grand Cru Classé - Château Ducru-Beaucaillou
$223.87

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Stored in air-conditioned cellar
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Grape varieties
Cabernet Sauvignon 85%
Merlot 15%
Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

A magnificent property overlooking the Garonne from the heights of the Saint-Julien appellation, Château Ducru-Beaucaillou enjoys a reputation that is no longer to be proven. 

The history of Château Beaucaillou dates back to the 13th century, but it was not until 1795 that it began to make a name for itself, when it was acquired by Bertrand Ducru, who added his name to it.

The pinnacle was reached when it was crowned Second Grand Cru Classé in 1855, during the famous classification of Médoc wines. The Victorian-style building of Château as we know it today was completed at the end of the 19th century, under the aegis of its then owner Nathaniel Johnston, a merchant from Bordeaux. Since 1941, it has belonged to the Borie family, Bruno-Eugène Borie being today the third generation to raise it ever higher in excellence.

The 75-hectare vineyard is planted on an exceptional terroir, the soils being composed of gravel close to the Gironde estuary, which allows the vines to be protected from frost thanks to thermal regulation. This terroir is ideal for Cabernet Sauvignon, 70% of which is planted at optimum ripeness, and Merlot, 30%. The wines are aged for 18 months in oak barrels, 60% of which are new.

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Critics Château Ducru-Beaucaillou 2018.

Wine Advocate - Robert Parker
98/100
James Suckling
99/100
Wine Spectator
99/100
Jancis Robinson
17.5/20
Vinous - A. Galloni
96/100

Description Château Ducru-Beaucaillou 2018.

The 2018 vintage is a great wine year in Bordeaux, the scene of many climatic acts that dictated the dance. The spring was rather constraining for the technical teams of the Ducru-Beaucaillou vineyard, but the summer turned out to be beautifully sunny. The exceptional conditions that lasted from August until October allowed us to harvest grapes of great aromatic richness, loaded with color and tannins.

Blend of the 2018 vintage: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot.

The color is purple, almost ink black, decorated with beautiful purple highlights.

The nose reveals intense notes of red fruits, black cherry and creme de cassis, complemented by a floral hint of violet, toasted hazelnut and pepper.

Smooth from the start, it reveals a dense and voluminous texture, supported by tannins of a rare elegance. With crisp blackberry, black olive and spice flavors, it evolves with great freshness and refinement, before blossoming into a vibrant, long and persistent finish. A great success for this must-have Saint-Julien vintage.

Food and wine pairing:

Château Ducru-Beaucaillou 2018 will go very well with a matured rib of beef cooked on vine shoots from the Médoc, a rack of lamb confit, a duck breast with a cep sauce or a pavé de biche with a mushroom crumble.

For a pairing with cheese, choose uncooked pressed cheeses: Edam, Gouda, Saint-nectaire, morbier, Tomme de Savoie or Salers.

For dessert, the pairing will be exquisite with a black forest, a crispy three-chocolate dessert or a coffee tart.

Ageing potential and tasting:

Château Ducru-Beaucaillou 2018 is a Saint-Julien promised to be very long-lived, able to wait another 10 to 15 years to refine itself. Its peak will be reached between 2035 and 2038.

However, it can be appreciated at its true value now if it is properly prepared. To do so, take care to place the bottle the night before in the serving room at room temperature and to open it. If not, open it and decant it ideally 6 to 7 hours before tasting.

The bottles should be kept in the cellar, protected from the light, lying down, at an optimal hygrometric degree of 70%.

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