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Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou 3 2003

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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 3

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Snooth User: BearBryant
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5.00 5
07/11/2010

Insanely good now, but...better to be patient. Three more years should have this beauty rounding into form.


Snooth User: Lotus Ng
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5.00 5
11/04/2010

Extremely stunning wine!


Snooth User: meqanrose
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4.50 5
11/26/2008

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou 3

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/16/2009

A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2003 Pontet-Canet (Kosher) 750ml


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.


External Review
05/22/2011

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 2010-2030, but I would modify that now to 2015-2035.


External Review
05/22/2011

Good deep ruby-red. Wonderfully sweet, aromatic nose combines currant, chocolate and cedary oak. Fat, lush and silky, with atypical volume to the flavors of plum, tobacco and chocolate. Wonderfully supple, plump wine with layers of flavor, thoroughly sweet tannins and compelling aromatic persistence. Today the wine's substantial baby fat is masking its impressive underlying power. According to Borie, this 2005 combines the best traits of the chateau's 2003 and 2000.


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
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
07/07/2011

Kräftiger Auftakt, gute Struktur, sehr ausgewogen, wenig Säure, sehr opulent. Schöner Wein mit langem Abgang.


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