Saint Julien Protected Designation of Origin, and Second Great Classed Growth.
The Borie family has owned Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou for 60 years. It is a Second Grand Cru Classe of Saint Julien (Classification of 1855), located in the Bordeaux region, on the left bank of the Gironde. The Ducru Beaucaillou vineyard is among the most beautiful places in Medoc, with a magnificent view on the Gironde River. It covers 75 hectares of vines that grow on deep gravel soils with 10,000 vine stock/ha. The vines are 40 years old and are grown according to the sustainable winegrowing method.
Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou produces two red cuvees, including the great Ducru Beaucaillou wine, and a second wine called "La Croix de Beaucaillou". this second cuvee is made from young vines (less than 10 years of age). Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou wines are blended wines: they are a combination of Cabernet Sauvignon (70% of the vineyard) and Merlot (30%). These grape varieties are used in varying proportions depending on the vintage and the cuvee (2010 and 2015 both exceeding 90% of Carbernet Sauvignon). Ducru Beaucaillou's Great Wine is elegant, distinguished and refined, yet not one of the most powerful Saint Julien’s wines. This wine needs to be aged for at least 10 years so that it reaches its real fullness. It may seem a bit long, but in the best vintages, such as 2015, 2010, 2009, 2005, 2003, 2000, 1996, 1995, 1986, 1985, 1982, 1978, 1970, 1962, 1961, Ducru Beaucaillou's Great Wine is almost as great as the First Classed Growths, while being distinguished by a magnificent silky texture. Honourable mention to the exceptional 2009 wine, for which Robert Parker awarded the best "tasting note" score possible of 100. The second quality wine of the estate is called "La Croix de Beaucaillou". It's a great introduction to the wines of the estate, and especially to the Great Wine. It doesn't need to age as much as the first one, and it's a wine for a more ordinary consumption at a reasonable price. Ducru Beaucaillou's bottles are sought after by real wine enthusiasts, who look more for high-quality wine.
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