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Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou 2ieme Grand Cru Classe Case of 6 Bottles 2000

Winemaker's Notes:

"Displaying a floral note, with hints of boysenberries, black raspberries, black currants and a touch of background oak, the wine has superb concentration and density, but still has some substantial tannins that are not yet fully resolved...95." WA 6/10.

Château Pontet-canet:
After a difficult viticulture season in 2007, we had hoped for a little more peace. Unfortunately, life choose otherwise. While the first grapes were emerging in the vineyard, Gérard Tesseron was taken from us brutally, leaving as he had lived: with discretion and humility. His passing put the year’s difficult climate into some perspective compared to life’s tragedies. By then, our success ... Read more
After a difficult viticulture season in 2007, we had hoped for a little more peace. Unfortunately, life choose otherwise. While the first grapes were emerging in the vineyard, Gérard Tesseron was taken from us brutally, leaving as he had lived: with discretion and humility. His passing put the year’s difficult climate into some perspective compared to life’s tragedies. By then, our success in containing the pressure of unparalleled illness had become quite trivial. The vinestock carries within it the memory of the successive generations that have shaped it at some point in its life. It is, however, facing the times ahead, by bearing future crops and forces us to serve it with the same state of mind. We have therefore pampered the young grapes with just as much devotion, but with a heavier heart than usual. Life has given us a few subtle ways of helping plants to withstand delicate periods more easily. That was especially useful this year, in which we had four months of rain and a shortage of sunlight over the course of the summer. We have made gains in terms of precision in our commitment to natural viticulture, in which the vinestock is gently and harmoniously supported throughout its development. Without the traumas of 2007, which improved our knowledge, we would certainly not have been able to navigate our way through the 2008 viticulture season quite as successfully. More anecdotally, and for the first time in over 40 years, we heard the sound of horses’ hooves in the courtyard once again. This is still just an experiment aimed at doing all vine work using horses, in order to avoid compacting the soil. A major change is taking shape. But nothing is simple in adapting the use of horses to modern demands without drifting back to outdated practices. A review will be conducted after two seasons. Nonetheless, the horses did not take us away from the vineyard which needed the attention of all concerned in order to deal with the changeable weather. Thankfully, September was much more lenient. The grape-pickers, who arrived in the last week of the month, were able to remove the leaves from all of the vines in the vineyard so that the grapes could enjoy the slightest ray from the gentle autumn sun. That allowed us to wait until the very beginning of October to start harvesting the Merlot grapes; the yield was particularly low after a blossoming that happened in cold, damp conditions. Then it was time once again to wait for the Cabernets, with another break for several days. Finally, on the 8th of October, we began the harvest for the Cabernet-Franc, then the Cabernet Sauvignon the following day. The Petit-Verdot harvest began on the 15th. The last bunches of grapes were cut down on the 16th under still-sunny skies. Despite the unpredictable weathers menaces, these were certainly the most peaceful harvests we had had for a long time. The sorting tables, worked by meticulous yet relaxed staff, again showed their priority in respecting the fruit itself before the grapes fall into the vats by gravity. The vinifications were both straightforward with relatively easy fermentations and highly complex as the extractions had to be continually adapted depending on the tastings conducted several times a day. It is still too soon to guess the qualitative level of the wines and attempt to find the slightest resemblance with any of their predecessors. It will be itself first and foremost, and that is the main thing. But it will also carry with it all the love that we feel for this magnificent domaine. Everything is telling us to calmly wait for next spring’s tastings. We will be happy to welcome you from the 1st of April to taste the Château Pontet-Canet 2008. Read less

Member Reviews for Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou 2ieme Grand Cru Classe Case of 6 Bottles

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Snooth User: John Andrews
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3.50 5
07/20/2010

Taking on a nice aged Bordeaux character. Smokey with hints of vanilla in the nose. Good acid and earthy character. Nice long finish.


Snooth User: lingprof
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3.00 5
08/01/2010

It was smooth, but I didn't think the finish was particularly strong (sorry Jancis!).


Snooth User: JonasH
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4.00 5
11/17/2009

Great, very classic Pauillac red, super to enjoy now if decanted well in advance or can be kept another 10 years.


External Reviews for Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou 2ieme Grand Cru Classe Case of 6 Bottles

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
05/30/2009

Ruby-red. Reticent but pure aromas of cassis, blueberry, minerals, Cuban cigar tobacco and deep spices. Quite closed in the mouth today, with subtly complex dark berry and spice flavors. Not exactly dense but sappy and rather pliant. Finishes with su... Stephen Tanzer. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2000 Ducru Beaucaillou 3000ml


External Review
05/22/2011

One of the most compelling Ducru Beaucaillou's made in the last quarter century is the 2003 (which is also the first vintage to be packaged in an impressive heavy glass bottle with a special long cork). A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot, it is a powerful, tannic, blockbuster effort revealing a liqueur of mineral-like component intermixed with creme de cassis, raspberry, and flower characteristics, and an atypically high 13.5% alcohol. Having firmed up considerably since bottling, it exhibits tremendous definition, weight, and concentration. It is a wine for patient connoisseurs. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025+. A brilliant tour de force!


External Review
05/22/2011

Loads of crushed berries on the nose, with hints of flowers and minerals. Very aromatic. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and a long, cappuccino and berry aftertaste. Really refined. Best after 2009.


External Review
01/09/2013

A stunning wine from Ducru Beaucaillou which showcases its great terroir, this elegant but substantial 2000 has a dense purple color that has hardly budged since it was first bottled. Displaying a floral note, with hints of boysenberries, black raspberries, black currants and a touch of background oak, the wine has superb concentration and density, but still has some substantial tannins that are not yet fully resolved. I originally predicted that it should be drinkable from 2010andndash;2030, but I would modify that now to 2015andndash;2035.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/25/2009

Extremely pretty aromas of mineral, blackberry and raspberry. Full-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a medium finish. Well-crafted red. The best Pontet-Canet ever. Best after 2010. 2,330 cases made. (JS) Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2000 Pontet-Canet 750ml


External Review
05/22/2011

Bright medium ruby. Deep, superripe aromas of dark berries, black cherry and bitter chocolate; slightly exotic crystallized fruit aspect. Dense, sweet and wonderfully rich; a lovely combination of palate-caressing chocolately fruit and firm underlying structure. Finishes with excellent grip and great palate-saturating sweetness. Another outstanding 1996 Médoc wine in the making. Drink 2010 through 2030.


External Review
05/22/2011

Show outstanding structure and definition. New oak comes through in the coffee and plum aromas and the palate is firm and concentrated, with delicious blackberry flavors. Hold until 2000 for it to soften and bloom.


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"Displaying a floral note, with hints of boysenberries, black raspberries, black currants and a touch of background oak, the wine has superb concentration and density, but still has some substantial tannins that are not yet fully resolved...95." WA 6/10.

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