Ducru-Beaucaillou 2014 (12x75cl)

Ducru-Beaucaillou 2014 (12x75cl)

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Owned by the Borie family and in the capable hands of Bruno Borie, Ducru Beaucaillou is very deserving of its super second status in 2014 with its intense focused core of black fruits and supple tannins. In the past decade, Bruno has become increasingly vigilant with his fruit selection, with the majority of what is harvested now being delegated to the second wine, La Croix de Beaucaillou. The result is a Grand Vin of stunning quality in 2014, which is a must for any devotee of this renowned St. Julien estate.
99 James Suckling  
95-96 Jeff Leve  
96 Wine Advocate  
95 Decanter  
95 Neal Martin - Vinous  
95+ Antonio Galloni - Vinous  
95 Wine Spectator  
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  • Year 2014
  • Colour Red
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • Sub Region Saint-Julien
  • Designation
  • Classification
  • Pack Size 12x75cl
  • ABV 13.50°
  • Drinking Window 2024 - 2050
  • Drinking Recommendation Not Ready
  • LWIN 100947920141200750
Reviews (7)
99 James Suckling  
95-96 Jeff Leve  
96 Wine Advocate  
95 Decanter  
95 Neal Martin - Vinous  
95+ Antonio Galloni - Vinous  
95 Wine Spectator  
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Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

Château Ducru-Beaucaillou is 2ème Grand Cru Classé property in Saint Julien on Bordeaux’s Left Bank. The word “Beaucaillou” translates as "beautiful stones" because of the large pebbles which cover the soils of the estate. This property can trace its roots back to the C13th, making it one of Bordeaux’s most historic estates.

 

Bertrand Ducru purchased the estate in 1795. He added his name to the winery which quickly earned fame under the name of Château Ducru-Beaucaillou. Successful Bordeaux wine merchant Francis Borie acquired the estate in 1941 (there is hope for us all!). Since 2003, Bruno Borie has been the proprietor and he is firmly in charge of everything that takes place here. Bruno is largely responsible for the recent stratospheric rise of this estate.

 

The 75 hectare Saint Julien vineyard is planted with a neatly proportioned 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot, Bruno’s arrival was swiftly followed by a ruthless yet necessary reduction in yields, resulting in production dropping from 13,000 cases to 9,000 cases in his first vintage (2003) alone. The relentless quest to elevate what was already one of the region’s great wines to amongst the very best hasn’t ceased some 17 years later.

 

All manner of non-intrusive technology is employed at Ducru-Beaucaillou, from GPS and electrode growth-tracking to the introduction of laser-based sorting tables in the winery. All plots are, as is the case with most of the serious Bordeaux producers, vinified separately according to the fruit’s very individual needs. Aged almost entirely (90%+) in new oak, it is a testament to both the prowess of the Ducru team, aided by revered consultant Eric Boissenot, as well as the transcendent terroir that this wine remains so restrained, polished, pure and ultimately elegant.

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