Impressive complexity and concentration. Let this decant for 3 hours, tasting it along the way. Dark purple color. The nose exhibited bold and ripe dark and blue fruit and secondary aromas of truffle, forest floor, violet, and wood spice. The oak is in no way overbearing. The palate is silky smooth with an impressive mid-palate. Finish is medium-plus. The structure is sound, with round tannins and a nice balanced acidity. This wine is just getting started, but is very enjoyable right now. Glad to have more of this.
About Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou:
Ducru-Beaucaillou is an acclaimed Second Growth Chateau in the St. Julien appellation of Bordeaux. It has been managed by Bruno Borie since 2003.
Three Interesting Facts:
- The Ducru vineyards were once part of Beychevelle, until it was broken up in the 17th century due to considerable debts.
- The name ‘Ducru’ comes from Bertrand Ducru, who purchased the estate in 1795. ‘Beaucaillou’ literally means ‘beautiful pebbles’, referring to the large stones found on the property.
- In the 18th century, the estate was known as ‘Maucaillou’, meaning ‘bad pebbles’, a reference to the difficult, stony ground and perhaps the poor quality of the wine.
Blend: 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot
Aging Potential: 2018-2050