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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 Ducru-Beaucaillou:
Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou is named after the beautiful, large stones found in its unique wine-growing terroir. This exceptional ecosystem produces fine, elegant, tasty wines, with a long finish – in short, archetypal Saint-Julien wines. Perched on an exceptional site with incomparable views over the Gironde estuary, in the centre of a hundred-year-old park, Ducru-Beaucaillou is a majestic, Vict... Read more
Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou is named after the beautiful, large stones found in its unique wine-growing terroir. This exceptional ecosystem produces fine, elegant, tasty wines, with a long finish – in short, archetypal Saint-Julien wines. Perched on an exceptional site with incomparable views over the Gironde estuary, in the centre of a hundred-year-old park, Ducru-Beaucaillou is a majestic, Victorian-style castle, which has, over time, become one of the great symbols of the Médoc. Unusually for Bordeaux, it is built directly above the barrel cellars, enveloping its owners, who have lived here for over sixty years, in the sumptuous aromas of their wine. Today, the estate is managed by the company Jean Eugène Borie SA, which is owned by Mrs Borie, her daughter Sabine Coiffe and her son Bruno-Eugène, CEO since 2003, the third generation of the Borie family to head the estate. There are very close links between this estate and the five families who have been its successive owners. The estate’s history starts at the very beginning of the 13th century. Owned by the Bergeron family from 1720, the estate rapidly obtained a good reputation, in France and abroad: as early as this, visitors came from Scandinavia. The Municipal archives in Bordeaux dating from the French Revolution reveal that a sword and pistol were confiscated by the authorities from some Swedes, who were staying in the castle at the time. The estate was sold in 1795 to Bertrand Ducru who added his name to that of the castle, which then became known as “Ducru-Beaucaillou”. Ducru hired Parisian architect Paul Abadie to renovate the residence. The architect transformed it into a charterhouse in the Directoire style, adding a floor and an elegant façade which looks out over the eastern bank of the Gironde estuary, where, the intense 18th-century maritime traffic provided an animated show of sea-faring ships. 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
05/22/2011

Intense aromas of blackberry, currant and cherry. Full-bodied, with masses of big, velvety tannins and a finish that lasts for minutes. A blockbuster. A classic big, juicy claret. Best after 2012.


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.


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

The 2003 vintage was a year of transition at this respected second-growth, as the enigmatic Bruno Borie took the reins from older brother Xavier, part of a reshuffling of properties their late father owned. The 2003 matched the 1995 as the best Ducru-Beaucaillou ever. The chateau enjoys a location overlooking the Gironde, with 130 gravelly acres planted with Cabernet Sauvignon (70 percent), Merlot (25 percent) and Cabernet Franc (5 percent).


External Review
01/09/2013

Bright ruby-red, less saturated than the 2002. Very pure aromas of cassis, minerals and mocha, with a hint of raw berries. Juicy, pure and tightly wound, with intense flavors of dark berries, bitter chocolate, espresso and licorice. Broadens impressively on the long, aromatic, suave finish, showing lovely grip and class. Finer than Borieandrsquo;s 2000 Grand Puy Lacoste and in need of longer aging but not clearly stronger.


External Review
05/22/2011

The 1988 Ducru is a medium-bodied wine, without the profound depth and intensity of fruit of the 1980. Possessing high tannins and good ripeness, with an overall sense of compactness and toughness, it recalls the style of the best 1966 Médocs. Anticipated maturity: 1996-2008.


External Review
09/27/2011

When first poured, this Ducru has a deep barnyard funk, the aroma reduced to incense and manure before fruit cuts through it with air. After plenty of time in the glass, the black cherry fruit emerges and builds its saturation out of that black soil character. The wine is full and smooth, the plump fruit character of St.-Julien continues to get stronger. Check on your case 10 years from the vintage.


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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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