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Ducru Beaucaillou Original Wood Case 2000

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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 Original Wood Case

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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: William Djubin
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4.50 5
02/28/2014

Un-real that I have an opportunity to taste the Vintage that proposed this Wine to be promoted to 2nd or 1st growth. 98 points I remember. Tasted 2/28/2014 and she was perfect Saint Julien. Enjoy RIGHT Now... She is perfect to decant and enjoy NOW> Barrel tasting review.

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  • 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 Ducru Beaucaillou Original Wood Case

    External Review
    Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
    05/30/2009

    Ruby-red. Reticent but pure aromas of cassis, blueberry, minerals, Cuban cigar tobacco and deep spices. Quite closed in the mouth today, with subtly complex dark berry and spice flavors. Not exactly dense but sappy and rather pliant. Finishes with su... Stephen Tanzer. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2000 Ducru Beaucaillou 3000ml


    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
    09/27/2011

    Ducru delivers absolute deliciousness in 2005, a refined and elegant pleasure that just feels right in the end. It could be that after all the sleek, floral beauty, the polished chocolate-truffle tannin, there's a formidable grip that tightens around the finish. Suddenly it feels as hard as iron. If the aromatic beauty of the fruit can survive while the tannin matures, this could well be a wine to covet in 20 years.


    External Review
    05/22/2011

    A thoroughly outstanding wine, sleek and racy with loads of character. Intense floral and blackberry aromas, with hints of mineral. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins and a long, long finish. Give it time. Best after 2003.


    External Review
    05/22/2011

    The greatest Ducru produced this century. Breathtaking aromas of berries, violets, vanilla and blackberries set the stage for a wine that's full-bodied and tannic, yet very fine and long in the mouth. This Bordeaux has fabulous structure for aging and will be best after 2004.


    External Review
    05/22/2011

    Bright red-ruby color. Knockout aromas of cassis, licorice, minerals, lead pencil and roast coffee. Penetrating, vibrant and very intensely flavored; in the classis dried Ducru style, but with superb, palate-staining fruit and brilliant delineation. Very long and very complex on the back end. Really classic claret.


    External Review
    05/22/2011

    Muscular Ducru. Fantastic aromas of blackberries, wild berries, and minerals. Extremely aromatic. Full-bodied and very tight, with big, silky tannins and a long, caressing finish. Superb. Best after 2010.


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