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Ducru Beaucaillou 2013

Winemaker's Notes:

92-93 Points, James Suckling: An aromatic wine with a delicacy and suppleness that is exceptional for the vintage with blackberry, mineral, spice and flower character. Very fine tannins. Seamless structure. It’s a wine that makes you want to drink it with its pleasant savory, fruity character. Harmonious.

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

Editorial Reviews for Ducru Beaucaillou

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,192
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 06/20/2010

Lots of oak on the nose with big notes of candied cinnamon spice, red fruits, citrussy tones and hints of sandalwood and even some exotic guava tones – a bit thick on entry, seamless if still showing strong oak influences, lots of jammy fruit, black currant, crème de cassis, acids are b a bit spiky, tannins are powdery and raw on the moderately long finish (89-90)


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Snooth User: Terence Pang
106762048,627
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 10/13/2012

The first bottle of my 2009 en primeur orders that I’m busting open. And I think the second wine of Pontet Canet can’t be a bad place to start. Given the lack of age and probable inaccessible tannins, I popped the cork and stood this for 10 hours before pouring. Intense inky ruby color. A dense youthful aromatic coil of sweet blackcurrant, slightly smoky mulberry, pencil lead and freshly chopped green herbs. This dry, full-bodied wine has a smooth velvet texture, high acidity and young fine powdery tannins. The fruit is evenly loaded, blackcurrant and anise prevail on the long finish, with a hint of saltish birch at the end. 14% alc. A good representative wine for the Pauillac, can’t wait to drink Pontet-Canet itself! Drink now – 2030.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
5.00 5
Vintage: 2009 06/30/2012

95 pts. -Wine Spectator Grand Tour 5/5/12


Snooth User: mistersplice
30149223
3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 05/20/2012

look = 7/10, smell = 14/20, taste = 12/20; total = 33/50


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
4.50 5
Vintage: 2008 01/30/2012

Tight now, but this will be a tremendous wine! Very tasty now, so over time, the improvement should make for an exquisite Pauillac. - WS Grand Tour 2011


Snooth User: hanryluo
112910348
0.00 5
Vintage: 2008 11/02/2012

2006


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
5.00 5
Vintage: 2007 09/27/2010

Pretty nose, nice, approachable and balanced. Currant and slight dark licorice. Full bodied with velvety tannins and a caressing finish. Wonderfully rounded with great depth and balance. Nice flavor of red berry shining through the dense mouthfeel. Very nice! - Blind tasted 9/15/10


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
4.50 5
Vintage: 2007 09/27/2010

Pretty red nose of fresh berry, wood and earth. Very ripe berry! Sweet fruit among nice round tannin. Good balance, very approachable. Really nice. Supple and structured. - Blind tasted 9/15/10


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External Reviews for Ducru Beaucaillou

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

An aromatic wine with a delicacy and suppleness that is exceptional for the vintage with blackberry mineral spice and flower character. Very fine tannins. Seamless structure. It


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

In 2013 the Pontet Canet is a blend of around 65% Cabernet Sauvignon 30% Merlot 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. There is about 50% new oak 35% amphora and 15% in one-year old wood. The nose is quite light for Pontet Canet the Merlot actually more expressive than the Cabernet Sauvignon at the moment. There is something almost northern Italian about the aromatics warmth not European but something further south. The palate is medium-bodied with a slightly meaty entry. The tannins are a


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

A new traditional styled wine with a texture that spreads across the palate with strawberry light citrus and mineral character. Harmonious and sexy. Medium and fine. Reminds me of the excellent 1971. James Suckling.


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

Bruno Borie has overseen not just one of the best Saint Julien wines of 2013 but one of the best Left Bank wines. The Grand Vin is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot picked between 26 September with the Merlot and finishing with the Cabernet on 9 October stopping on the 4 October during the showers. It was cropped at 26hl/ha. It has quite an elegant and natural bouquet very classic in style with a subtle marine influence. The palate is medium-bodied is medium-bodied with very go


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2012 06/21/2014

What is a primeur report without one of Pauillac


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2012 06/21/2014

65% cabernet sauvignon 30% merlot 4% cabernet franc and 1% petit verdot. Opaque purple with a narrow garnet rim the bouquet is at once aromatic and reserved. Copious amounts of blackberry liqueur smoke and minerals appear with some aeration swirling about in a seamless sea of aromas. There is a sense of immediate complexity and harmony also reflected on the medium/full-bodied palate where layers of flavor are revealed again and again. Unlike many of its Haut Medoc counterparts the length


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2012 06/21/2014

This is a structured ripe wine that also has a great sense of freshness


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92-93 Points, James Suckling: An aromatic wine with a delicacy and suppleness that is exceptional for the vintage with blackberry, mineral, spice and flower character. Very fine tannins. Seamless structure. It’s a wine that makes you want to drink it with its pleasant savory, fruity character. Harmonious.

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