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Ducru Beaucaillou 2004

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5 Stars Decanter 11/07 "Shows beautiful aromas of crushed berries and currant, with hints of mineral. Full-bodied, with lovely currant, licorice and mint. Long and caressing. Very refined and balanced. Another winner from Pontet-Canet….93" WA 3/07.

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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 Ducru Beaucaillou

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Snooth User: bfriel
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5.00 5
12/27/2007

It will be a 10 in 10 years from now


Snooth User: dynowine
3956231,323
3.50 5
06/18/2010

Undecanted from a preservation machine. Tight nose of fruit, vanilla, and hints of volatiles and mineral. Reasonable balance in the mouth with sour ripe muted fruit competing with slightly bitter leather. A bit watery mid-palate with drying tannins. Short finish of slightly bitter fruit and smoke. Tannin medium plus, acid medium, body medium or lighter. Dry. Needs time to breath, perhaps a day.


Snooth User: dynowine
3956231,323
3.50 5
08/11/2010

Tested from a preservation machine. On the nose mild sweet floral spice, smoke, and earth with hints of sour dark fruit alongside. Tastes quite young, a bit watery mid-palate but nicely balanced and integrated with notes of wood, smoke. Fruit (cassis, dark fruit) is mostly in the background. Fuzzy almost grippy tannins at the front of the tongue. Dry. Body medium, acid medium, tannin medium plus. Needs serious decanting, or better let it age another 3+ yrs and try it then.


4.00 5
01/29/2010

Great example of how quality young Bordeaux transforms with 1 hour decanting. Before decanting: Cassis, blackberry on nose, a little pine on pallet but tannin overpowers fruit. After 1hr decanting: Red brick, peppermint, velvety finish...very nice after 1 HR decanting. 1995 still superior but more expressive than 1982.


Snooth User: belasan
7146267
5.00 5
05/12/2008

Need more cases!!


External Reviews for Ducru Beaucaillou

External Review
05/01/2013

Es ist ein klassischer, typischer Wein aus der Appellation Saint-Julien, der sich im Glas offenbart: ausgewogenes, vielschichtiges und delikates Bouquet: ein Schmeichler par excellence. So wie man die Weine aus dieser Appellation kennt: feminine Noten, aber auch Stoff und Struktur. Es ist kein alltäglicher Wein, der sich auch im Gaumen offenbart. Und das Finale zeigt alles: Es ist die Quintessenz eines Rotweins, der einfach gefällt und verführt. Dieses erstklassige Gewächs ist wertvoll und prestigeträchtig zugleich.


External Review
12/07/2010

A brilliant effort from proprietor Alfred Tesseron, Pontet-Canet's 2004 may ultimately prove to be a better wine than its more famous neighbor, Mouton Rothschild. Medium to full-bodied with a classic creme de cassis-scented perfume, sweet fruit, ripe... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2004 Pontet-Canet 375ml


External Review
07/14/2010

Verführerische, feinwürzige Nase. Er besticht durch primär dunkle Früchte wie schwarze Johannisbeere oder Brombeere und Zedernholz in der Nase sowie am Gaumen.


External Review
06/03/2009

A great success from a château that has undergone a renaissance as of late. This Pontet-Canet adeptly straddles the line between the fruit-forward modern style and more traditional, focused wines, with notes of mineral and earth adding support to the bright berry fruit.


External Review
02/19/2009

The celebrated Classified Growth from St. Julien. Robert Parker rated it 93 pts and said 'One cant say enough about the efforts Bruno Borie is pouring into this wonderful estate that I have often called the Lafite Rothschild of St.-Julien. An undeniable success the 2004 Ducru boasts sweet aromas of creme de cassis spring flowers pain grille licorice and road tar. This pure medium-bodied wine possesses moderately high tannin superb concentration good sweetness and low acidity. Give it 2-3 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 25 years.' This item excluded from any other discounts or offers beyond the 15% case discount.


External Review
06/12/2012

Tasted at Bordeaux Index's Pontet-Canet dinner at The Ledbury. The 2004 has a very expressive nose, especially when compared to the 2005 at this stage. Lifted scents of blackberry, cedar and mint with something just a little decadent in the backgroun... Neal Martins Wine Journal. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2004 Pontet-Canet 750ml


External Review
07/24/2007

The commune of St.-Julien is the smallest of the communes in the Haut-Médoc and is located just below Pauillac. The nose on this wine is dominated by blackberries, black cherries and very fine tannins. Very approachable today and a delight to drink alongside lamb dishes.


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5 Stars Decanter 11/07 "Shows beautiful aromas of crushed berries and currant, with hints of mineral. Full-bodied, with lovely currant, licorice and mint. Long and caressing. Very refined and balanced. Another winner from Pontet-Canet….93" WA 3/07.

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