La Croix Ducru Beaucaillou, Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou, Saint Julien, Bordeaux, France, 2020
Grapes: 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot, 75ha vineyard on gravel/clay soil, aged 12 months in French oak (60% new wood)
Second label of Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou from separate and distinct vineyard just to the west of the Château.
Chateau Tasting Note:
Dense violet colour with pronounced aromas of cassis and cherry with nuances of graphite, cocoa and spice. The palate is full-bodied with a firm core of fine-grained, polished tannins, enveloped with densely concentrated, and defined fruits giving a voluptuous, supple texture. Finely balanced, very persistent finish. Striking presence.
Critics' Tasting Notes:
"Tobacco, cedar, mint leaf, cigar box and black currants come together on the nose. The wine is refined, soft and supple with silky tannins, ripe, sweet, fruits, lift and freshness. The elegant finish with its black cherry, mocha and spice nuances tastes as good as it feels. Hold this for 3-5 years before opening a bottle and it will really start showing its essence."
93/100 points, Jeff Leve, The Wine Cellar Insider, May 2021
"Deep ruby, opaque core, purple reflections, faint brightening on rim. Delicate noble wood nuances, black wild berries, cassis, ripe plum, candied orange zest. Juicy, elegant, fresh red cherry, lively acidity, fine nougat, silky tannins, shows good length, pleasant minerality, good ageing potential."
93/100 points, FALSTAFF, Austria, May 2021
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- Saint Julien
- Keep, not yet in drinking window
- Primary Grape/Blend:
- Bordeaux Blend
- Influence of Oak: