Château Ducru Beaucaillou, 2eme Cru Classe St Julien, Bordeaux, France, 2020
Grapes: 81% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Merlot, organic, aged for 18 months in 100% new French oak barrels
Chateau Tasting Note:
Opaque colour with an explosion of rich black fruits, crushed gravel, exotic oak spices and a floral perfume. This wine possesses a tight structure with layered, silky tannins, great precision and breadth of flavours, underpinned by superb freshness. Very elegantly composed, with perfectly mastered power. Great finish, the flavours perfume the palate with endless persistence. To add to the glorious 2018 & 2019, Ducru Beaucaillou marks its 300th anniversary with the richest wine in its history. The warm climatic conditions suit it well, allowing Ducru Beaucaillou to assert with great depth its aristocratic elegance. The style of 2020 is reminiscent of the academic 2010 but with a higher concentration of flavours and greater density of anthocyanins and tannins, underlined with the Ducru’s trademark freshness, giving an exquisite, succulent texture.
Critics' Tasting Notes:
"The 2020 Ducru-Beaucaillou unwinds in the glass with aromas of dark berries, pencil shavings, violets and pipe tobacco, all framed by creamy new oak. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, fleshy and concentrated, with a deep but tightly wound core that's still quite wrapped up in extract and oak tannin, even if it isn't quite as big-boned as its 2019 counterpart. It will require some patience."
95/100 points, William Kelley, WINE ADVOCATE
"Deep ruby with an opaque core and purple reflections. Savoury notes of cloves, cinnamon and cardamom, floral nuances, dark wild berries, a hint of liquorice, very complex. Juicy on the palate, delicate nuances of blackberry, blueberry and some nougat, ripe, silky tannins, has great length and freshness, good ageing ageing potential, seems light-footed and balanced. A classic Claret of the modern age."
97/100 points, FALSTAFF, May 2021
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- Saint Julien
- Primary Grape/Blend:
- Bordeaux Blend
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