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Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou St Julien 2010

Winemaker's Notes:

"I can’t believe the precision and complexity in this wine. This is really amazing with minerals, berries, currants and blackberries. Full and extraordinary. It goes on and on and on. Tasted twice. Best ever from Ducru…99-100." JS 4/11.

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

External Reviews for Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou St Julien

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/20/2014

Ducru Beaucaillou Produced from a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot the wine reached 13.95% alcohol. Inky purple in color cassis truffle cedar spice oak mocha and fennel aromas are found with little coaxing. Polished powerful long fresh pure and clean the layers of chocolate covered black cherries resonate in the finish. This regal wine remains on your palate for close to 50 seconds. The wine will be aged in 95% new oak for 18 months. Jeff Leve.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/20/2014

90% cabernet sauvignon 10% merlot. Aged for 18 months in 95% new French oak barrels other 5% of barrels are one year old. Lower yields (down by about 20%) have led to increased concentration compared to previous vintages. Harvest started with merlot on Sep 29 and ended with Cabernet on Oct 14. 13.95% alcohol. Aromas of black fruit burst from the glass complemented by notes of wild herbs and a touch of spice. Extremely captivating on the nose I kept swirling the wine while marveling at the


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/20/2014

A grand wine it has great ripeness and richness majestic in its structure and upright character. It is concentrated perfumed and opulent. The style of Ducru Beaucaillou is both generous and powerful and obviously ageworthy. -R.V. Wine Enthusiast.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
07/08/2014

65% cabernet sauvignon 35% merlot. 35 year old vines farmed on 120 hectares of which 30% are ploughed by horse. 2010 is the first vintage certified bio dynamic. 60% new oak. What is most interesting about the 2010 Pontet Canet is the large amount of merlot in the blend given the strength of cabernet this year. Good decision? Nevertheless this has a very complex and intriguing nose of black fruits tobacco graphite and a touch of fresh cedar and spice. The palate is equally as impressive wit


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
07/08/2014

Pontet Canet Produced from an assemblage of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon 30% Merlot 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot yields were down 10% from 2009. Inky black in color the wine stains the sides of the glass. Cassis stone forest floor tobacco and cedar aromas effortlessly pop from the glass. This fills your mouth with flavor. Packed and stacked with layers of ripe fat plump fruit voluptuous in style with freshness and ripe tannins the blackberry blue fruit cassis licorice and spice


External Review
06/08/2011

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External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/17/2011

A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2010 Pontet-Canet, Hauts de 750ml


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"I can’t believe the precision and complexity in this wine. This is really amazing with minerals, berries, currants and blackberries. Full and extraordinary. It goes on and on and on. Tasted twice. Best ever from Ducru…99-100." JS 4/11.

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