Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou St. Julien Bordeaux Wine Complete Guide

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Learn everything about Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou St. Julien, Bordeaux Second Growth producer with wine tasting notes and wine with food pairing tips. Learn all the best vintages, a history of the property, and information on the vineyards and winemaking. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou History, Overview

Many Bordeaux wine properties take their name from previous owners. That is only part of the story with Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou because this Saint Julien estate found part of their name from their unique terroir. Ducru Beaucaillou has a special soils that are literally covered with with large stones. In fact, the word Beaucaillou is translated into beautiful stones.

Ducru Beaucaillou is one of the oldest Bordeaux wine producing estates in the Medoc. History dates what we know of as Ducru Beaucaillou all the back to the start of the 13th century. As a working Bordeaux vineyard in Saint Julien, the Bergeron family was in charge the chateau from 1720. Bertrand Ducru purchased the estate in 1795. He added his name to the winery which quickly earned fame under the name of Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou. The owner was not done yet. Ducru Beaucaillou hired the well known Parisian architect, Paul Abadie to create a special chateau on the property. Paul Abadie took the current design they were already using and added a second story to the chateau which became the now famous looking facade we enjoy today. They also upgraded the vineyards and built a new, barrel aging cellar.

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Following more than seven decades at the helm of Ducru Beaucaillou, they sold the Saint Julien property to Lucie Caroline Dassier in 1866 for one million Francs. Keep in mind, at the time, one million French Francs was a lot of money! Dassier was the wife of the famous Bordeaux wine merchant, negociant Nathaniel Johnston. Nathaniel Johnston knew what was needed at Ducru Beaucaillou. Johnston replanted the vineyards and modernized the cellars with the aid of Ernest David, the manager of the Left Bank estate.

At Ducru Beaucaillou, Johnston and David performed numerous experiments on grape varietals and vine diseases. Thanks to their efforts, in 1878 they created the first solution to the mildew problem so many Bordeaux vineyards suffered from. Known as Bordeaux soup, the blend of lime milk and copper sulfate was the perfect cure. This was quickly adopted by winemakers and vineyard owners all over the world. Loses suffered from the 1929 depression forced the Johnston family to sell Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou to the Desbarats family. The Desbarats family, who were successful Bordeaux wine merchants sold the estate to Francis Borie in 1941.

Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou, The Modern Era

The Borie family by this time had extensive roots in the Bordeaux region. They moved to Bordeaux in the late 1800’s and started out as negociants. Today, the Borie family also own Chateau Grand Lacoste and Chateau Haut Batailley in Pauillac as well as other vineyards in the region. In 1953, Jean Eugene Borie took over the property, following in the footsteps of his father, Francois Borie. In 1978, Francois Xavier Borie began working at the estate full time, eventually taking over from his father after his passing in 1998. That continued until 2003.

Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou is producing the best wines in their history today! That is something you can easily see by tasting the wines, and that says a lot, considering how many great wines were produced at the estate over the years. Much of that credit goes to Bruno Borie. Since 2003, Bruno Borie has been the current proprietor and is firmly in charge of everything that takes place at Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou.

Prior to the ascendancy of Bruno Borie at the property, there was an issue with TCA contamination in the cellars of Ducru Beaucaillou. The problem vintages occurred from 1986 up to about 1993 or 1994. By 1995, the problem had been fully eradicated. Furthermore, under the direction of Bruno Borie, all the remaining stock of their older vintages from that period was recorked. All the bottles showing hints of TCA were destroyed. The minor amount of remaining stock that has been released, stating the bottles have been recorked are in perfect condition.

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Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou Vineyard, Terroir, Grapes, WInemaking

The 75 hectare Saint Julien vineyard of Ducru Beaucaillou is planted with 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot. This shows a change in the vineyard since the mid 1990’s with an increase in the amount of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot due to the removal of the previously planted Petit Verdot vines. The average age of the vines is 35 years. However, Ducru Beaucaillou has old vines. Their oldest plot is the Les Sadons parcel which was planted all the way back in 1918. The heart and soul of Ducru Beaucaillou is the parcels of vines adjacent to the chateau. Even though it is a large section, as it is close to 50 hectares of vines, with its easy access to the Gironde and deep gravel slopes, this is some of the best terroir in all of Bordeaux. They have another 20 hectares of vines located further inland, and to the north, close to Chateau Talbot.

The vines are planted to a density of 10,000 vines per hectare. Each parcel is planted to the specific needs of its topography. Ducru Beaucaillou also owns 16 hectares of vines located in the neighboring Haut Medoc appellation. The vines in the Haut Medoc are situated in the commune of Cussac, with a very different and much cooler terror than the vineyards in the St. Julien appellation. Due to the fact that those vines were part of Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou at the time of the original classification, even though they are located in the neighboring appellation of Haut Medoc, the estate has the right to include them in either their Grand Vin, or Lalande Borie. They can also if they wish, produce an Haut Medoc wine from those vines. Going back to Lalande Borie, it remains an important winery for Bruno Borie, because that is where he often experiments with new techniques, before introducing them to Ducru Beaucaillou.

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To produce the wine of Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou, the grapes are allowed to macerate for close to 7 days. Vinification takes place in stainless steel vats of various sizes allowing for a plot by plot vinification. The entire process takes about two weeks, with frequency of pumping over and exact temperature tailored to each individual vat. Malolactic fermentation takes place in concrete vats. The wine of Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou is aged in 75% to 90% new, French oak barrels for between 18 and 20 months. The amount of time and new oak varies depending on the vintage. This shows an increase in the percentage of new, oak barrels. As an example, prior to 2007, the amount of new oak barrels used during the aging process was closer to 60% to 70%. On average, close to 10,000 cases of wine are produced by Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou every year.

Bruno Borie produces four additional wines with the help of the same team that makes the wines for Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou; La Croix de Beaucaillou, which made its debut in 1995, comes mainly from vines located further in land, close to Chateau Talbot. Lalande-Borie, comes from fruit grown in parcels that were purchased from their St. Julien neighbor, Chateau Lagrange in 1970, Chateau Fourcas Borie, which comes from the Listrac in the Haut Medoc region and Chateau Hortevie which was purchased by Bruno Borie in 2006. Chateau Hortevie is located in the St. Julien appellation. However, Hortevie is no longer in production.

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Part of the reason for the rise in quality in the wine of Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou is that only the best fruit is used to produce Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou. Similar to what used to take place at every Bordeaux chateaux, the amount of wine placed in the Grand Vin today, is close to half of what it was even as recent as 1982.

With Ducru Beaucaillou during the 1980’s, production hovered between 20,000 cases to 25,000 cases. In the 1990’s, Ducru Beaucaillou produced between 15,000 cases and 20,000 cases of wine. Since Bruno Borie began managing Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou in 2003, production levels dropped to an average of 9,000 to 11,000 cases.

The best vintages of Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou are: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005, 2000, 1996, 1982 and 1961. I have not tasted many much older vintages of Ducru Beaucaillou. But it is a wine that ages extremely well, so if the bottles have been stored well, they are well worth taking a chance on.

Chateau Ducru Beaucailou Character, Style

Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou is at the top of their game these days. The wines produced today offer intense concentration of flavors, ripe tannins, supple textures, purity of fruit, the structure to age and a unique sense of harmony, that is only found in the best Bordeaux wines. There is density, complexity and a uniqueness of character. 2009 and 2010 Ducru Beaucaillou are the finest examples I’ve ever tasted from this property. They are candidates for legendary status in the history of Ducru Beaucaillou.

When to Drink Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou is not a wine to drink on the young side. The wine is usually far too tannic, powerful and reserved during its youth. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 3-4 hours, give or take. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou is usually better with at least 15 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 18 and 50 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Ducru Beaucaillou is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, salmon, mushrooms and pasta as well as cheese.

Château Ducru-Beaucaillou Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2016 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou ( St. Julien)

    1. Opaque with shiny, purple highlights, this creation is brimming with flowers, licorice, dark berries, boysenberry, black cherry, smoke, espresso and a spot of wet earth on the nose. With velvet textures, density of fruit and a finish that remains with you for close to 60 seconds, this is a seldom-encountered purity of fruit, which is pulling ahead in the competition for the best Ducru Beaucaillou ever! Produced from 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot, the wine reached 13.63% alcohol with a pH of 3.71 and is aging in 100% new French oak barrels. The Merlot was harvested from September 26 to September 30 and the Cabernet Sauvignon from October 7 to October 14. Yields were only 30 hectoliters per hectare.

      99 points - Tasted
  2. 2016 La Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou ( St. Julien)

    1. Satiny, slick, ready fruits loosen your taste buds, displaying a wine with lift, length and character. The plums are perfect and the finish has lasting charm. From a blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 13.44% alcohol and is aging in 60% new French oak barrels.

      92 points - Tasted
  3. 2015 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou ( St. Julien)

    1. Dark in color, with a bit of purple around the rim, the wine feels silky, plush and rich on the palate, The sweet fruits have freshness and definition. The tannins are polished like velvet, leaving you with a long sensation of ripe boysenberries, dark chocolate, espresso, licorice and smoke. The finish really lingers on the palate. This is a tremendous wine for the vintage, equal to any of the First Growths. Produced from 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot, the wine reached 13.42% alcohol with a pH of 3.89 and is aging in 100% new, French oak barrels. 96-98 Pts

      97 points - Tasted
  4. 2015 La Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou ( St. Julien)

    1. Packed with dark red berries and cocoa, soft tannins, a medium body and plenty of ripe black raspberries, thyme and a hint of smoke, this is already showing that it could drink well early. From a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot, the wine is aging in 60% new French oak barrels. The tannins are soft, the wine is fresh and should drink well with just a few years of bottle age. From a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot, the wine reached is aging in 60% new French oak barrels. 91-93 Pts

      92 points - Tasted
  5. 2014 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou ( St. Julien)

    1. Deep, dark ruby with purple in its hue, this wine is brimming with smoke, espresso, blackberry, black cherry, licorice, earth, a whole spice box of aromatics and that’s just the foreplay. The lush velour textured tannins, layers of dark berry liqueur and the lasting sensation of fresh, perfectly ripened fruit elevates this wine to the next level. This is the best wine of the appellation and once again, one of the top wines in the vintage. Produced from 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot, the wine reached 13.5% alcohol with a pH of 3.81 and is aging in 100% new French oak barrels. 95-96 Pts

      95 points - Tasted
  6. 2014 La Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou ( St. Julien)

    1. Smoky, spicy and sweet, this smooth, fresh wine is packed with dark berries, a sprig of thyme and soft tannins. The wine will show well young or it can age for a decade. From a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 13.25% alcohol and is aging in 60% new French oak barrels. 90-92 Pts

      91 points - Tasted
  7. 2013 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou ( St. Julien)

    1. Fresh, forward and charming, while it lacks the complexity and power experienced in the best vintages, there is a richness here that is quite impressive for a 2013 wine. The sweet, ripe, plums and cassis are right there where you need them. This is a vintage of Ducru Beaucaillou to drink early in life while you wait for the bigger, more powerful years too age and develop.

      93 points - Tasted
    2. Blending 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot, this garnet-colored wine reached 13% alcohol with a pH of 3.60. The wine will be aged in 100% new French oak barrels for 12 months. With medium body and soft, polished texture, the wine showcases vanilla bean, forest leaf, tobacco, cedar wood and cherry pipe tobacco. Showing a much-needed light touch in this vintage, the wine is soft, forward and will offer pleasure young. The wine was produced from yields of 20 hectoliters per hectare and represents less than 30% of the total crop. 92-93 Pts

      92 points - Tasted
  8. 2013 Croix de Beaucaillou ( St. Julien)

    1. In this open and forward medium-bodied wine, fennel, smoke and black cherry aromas lead in to light, fresh black raspberries. From a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot, the wine will age in 60% new French oak barrels. Drink this on the young side. 87-88 Pts

      87 points - Tasted
  9. 2012 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou ( St. Julien)

    1. The complex, earthy, campfire, tobacco, cedar and dark berry filled nose opens to a wine with round tannins and a sweet, fresh, spicy dark fruit filled finish.

      93 points - Tasted
    2. Produced from a blend that includes the highest percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon recorded in the history of the estate at 91%. The remainder of the blend is Merlot. Reaching 13% alcohol, the wine has a pH of 3.61. Smoke, licorice, boysenberry, coffee, and tobacco leaf notes produced a refined wine, which relies more on elegance than power. The wine offers good freshness in its medium-bodied, red and black fruit-filled finish. Bruno Borie, who has started comparing the style of his wines to various beautiful women, likened this wine to Fan BingBing, the famous Chinese actress. Her style was slinky and sensuous and, according to Borie, accurately describes the 2012 Ducru Beaucaillou. 93-95 Pts

      94 points - Tasted
  10. 2012 Croix de Beaucaillou ( St. Julien)

    1. Cigar box, earth, tobacco, cedar and blackberry notes lead to a soft bite of blackberries and spice that will improve over the next few years.

      88 points - Tasted
    2. 2012 Croix de Beaucaillou is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot that reached 13.10% alcohol, and will be aged in 60% new French oak for 12 months. Coffee bean, boysenberry, licorice, and a fresh cherry finish are the hallmarks of what you’ll find in this medium-bodied wine. 88-90 Pts

      89 points - Tasted
  11. 2011 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou ( St. Julien)

    1. With an earthy, herbal, olive and blackberry nose, this forward styled, open wine is light, fresh, clean and silky. Dominated by sweet, ripe black cherries in the end note, this will be drinkable on release and will get better with age. This is a very sold performance in a difficult vintage.

      93 points - Tasted
    2. Produced from a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot, which reached 13.10% alcohol, the wine will be aged in 95% new oak for 18 months. With the lowest yields in 25 years, production will be close to 25% less than in the previous vintage. Deep ruby in color, with purple accents around the rim, blackberry, truffle, tobacco, earth, cassis, smoke, licorice and black cherry scents are found with little effort. Plush, ripe, silky tannins and a fresh, ripe blackberry, black cherry and spicy plum finish are the hallmarks of this wine. 93 – 95 Pts

      93 points - Tasted
  12. 2011 Croix de Beaucaillou ( St. Julien)

    1. Easy to drink, soft, medium bodied wine with a lighter, early drinking style and a ripe, black raspberry and cocoa finish. Drink this young.

      89 points - Tasted
    2. Blending 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 13.2% alcohol. Using 60% new oak, the wine will spend 12 months in barrel. Oak, truffle, tobacco and earth notes are found in the nose. The wine is soft, round and finishes with boysenberry, cherry and cocoa. 90-91 Pts

      90 points - Tasted
  13. 2010 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou ( St. Julien)

    1. Inky, purple in color, with licorice Asian spice, wood, espresso, cocoa, coconut, blackberry and spice. Rich, fat, dense and concentrated, the tannins are ripe, polished and round. With richness and density, the wine is fleshy, intense and expansive, ending in a long wave of fresh, ripe, sweet, pure berries. Give this stunning wine time, it’s going to be worth the wait.

      99 points - Tasted
    2. 2010 Ducru Beaucaillou Inky deep purple in color, this stunning St. Julien Bordeaux wine is filled with scents of tobacco, vanilla, crème de cassis, blueberry, licorice, chocolate and truffle. Thick, rich and stuffed with pure, ripe, sweet, dark berries, the wine coats your mouth and palate. The long, intense finish ends with black cherry, fennel and blackberries. This truly builds in your mouth. There are no hard edges to be found in this sublime wine that ends with more than sixty seconds of flavor sensations. This is a more complete and interesting wine than when tasted in April. Borie reduced prices for his 2010 release which was priced at 16% less than the 2009 at 150 Euros. While still expensive, that level of discount helped spark sales for the wine. 97-98 Pts

      98 points - Tasted
    3. 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. 97-98 Pts

      97 points - Tasted
  14. 2010 Croix de Beaucaillou ( St. Julien)

    1. Another year or two will add a lot to this richly textured wine and its espresso bean, black cherry and forest floor nose. The clean, supple, flavorful finish will get better as well.

      91 points - Tasted
    2. Jammy blackberries, coffee bean, black raspberry scents, fresh lush, plush textures and a sweet, black cherry and fennel finish. Give it a few years to develop additional complexities.

      92 points - Tasted
    3. Croix de Beaucaillou offers a nose of licorice, smoke, dark berries and earthy scents. The round, soft textured wine ends with a cassis, cocoa and boysenberry filled finish. 2010 will be the first vintage sporting a new label for this wine in an effort to let consumers know, the estate does not consider it a second wine of Ducru Beaucaillou. According to Bruno Borie, Croix de Beaucaillou should not be viewed as a second wine because the grapes emanate from a different terroir than the Grand Vin. 91-93 Pts

      92 points - Tasted
    4. Croix de Beaucaillou is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot. 2010 marks the debut for the new label promoting the estates efforts to market this brand as a unique wine, and not a second label of Ducru Beaucaillou. According to Bruno Borie, the reason for this is; the wine emanates from a different terroir than the Grand Vin. Cassis, plums and anise scents lead to a wine offering juicy ripe plums and hints of coca. Fresh, clean and polished, this is a strong effort for Croix de Beaucaillou. The wine is going to be aged in 60% new oak for about 12 months. 91-93 Pts

      92 points - Tasted
  15. 2009 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou ( St. Julien)

    1. This is so young, yet its impossible not to see what's going on here. Powerful, rich, concentrated, perfectly ripe fruits. Silky tannins and the texture of velvet, the wine coats your palate and sticks with you long enough to let you know, this is going to be one of the great wines of Ducru Beaucaillou. Another decade of rest and this will be a rock star tasting experience!

      98 points - Tasted
    2. There is so much ink in the color, it looks like a barrel sample. The wine perfectly combines power, elegance, flesh and opulence, with the breeding of a First Growth. This is breathtaking, even at this early stage of development. If you have a case, and you want a glimpse, pop a bottle. Else, give it until the wine is between 15-20 years of age. This is a future legend in the making!

      99 points - Tasted
    3. Inky in color, the wine is incredibly rich, concentrated, deep and powerful. Yet, it's refined, elegant, fresh, sweet and pure. Mouthfilling, with a finish that does not quit, this stunner will offer great pleasure for decades. It's far too young now and should be aged for at least another decade, but make no mistake, this is a remarkable wine.

      99 points - Tasted
    4. Inky in color, incredibly rich, dense, concentrated and deep, the wine is the perfect combination of power, lush, opulent textures, polished refined textures and a long, polished finish that builds in intensity. I cannot wait to compare this stunning wine with the 2010 in a decade.

      98 points - Tasted
    5. Powerful aromatics of Boysenberry, licorice, cassis, bitter chocolate, olive tapenade, tobacco and blackberry liqueur. The wine caresses your palate with pure, silk and velvet textures. There is not a hard edge to be found in this delicious vintage of Ducru Beaucaillou. This supple, sexy, powerful, ripe, concentrated wine ends with a long, fresh, pure, intense, boysenberry, chocolate, spice and black cherry finish. The wine was produced from a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot and aged in 90% new oak. As good as the 2009 is, the 2010 Ducru Beaucaillou could turn out to be an even better wine! When Bruno Borie described this wine, he said it reminded him of Beyonce, with all its curves and sensuality!

      97 points - Tasted
    6. 2009 Ducru Beaucaillou is midnight black with deep purple accents. Filled with dark berry aromas, cassis, spice, and ground espresso beans, this full bodied, lush, intense wine fills your mouth and coats your palate with dense layers of fat, juicy berries, dark chocolate, licorice, and spice sensations. 95-97 Pts

      96 points - Tasted
  16. 2009 Croix de Beaucaillou ( St. Julien)

    1. Dark chocolate, earth, fresh picked boysenberries, black cherry and licorice entice you to do what is needed with the silky, lush, round, rich, forward style of wine. This is so delicious, rich and open, it might never close down.

      92 points - Tasted
    2. From the new bottle designed by Jade Jagger, which is very tastefully done, the wine is deep purple in color. The 2009 St. Julien opens with scents of boysenberry, chocolate, earth, tobacco and cherries. Fresh, clean and fleshy, the wine produced from a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot and aged in 60% new oak, ends with a supple, ripe, bright, black cherry and cocoa finish. In today's market place, this is a fairly priced wine from Bruno Borie, who is one of the best producers in Bordeaux at the moment.

      92 points - Tasted
  17. 2008 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou ( St. Julien)

    1. It's been several years since I've had this wine, and time has been good here. The wine is starting to fill out, soften and open its earthy, fruit character. Still, this is only beginning to unfurl. Classic in a good, this is still about promise. But as it ages, it slowly edges closer to delivery. another 5-8 years or so are needed here.

      95 points - Tasted
    2. 2008 Ducru Beaucaillou is loaded with juicy ripe cassis, licorice, chocolate, oak, truffles and fresh herbs. Powerful, dense and concentrated, this plush, complex wine is elegant, balanced long and complex. 95 Pts

      95 points - Tasted
    3. 08 Château Ducru Beaucaillou is one of the stars of the vintage. Oak, blackberry, and ripe boysenberry notes jump from the glass. Highly concentrated and full bodied, with intensity and purity of fruit in the mouth. Layers of flavor keep building on your palate. Everything is in balance. The tannins are ripe, soft, and round. The almost seamless finish seems to last for close to one minute. 94-96 Pts

      95 points - Tasted
  18. 2008 Croix de Beaucaillou ( St. Julien)

    1. Tight, needs air and coaxing before the licorice, smoke, plum and herb aromas emerge. Produced from a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot, which is a much higher percentage of Cabernet than usual, the wine ends with black cherry and cocoa, along with a minor touch of green in the finish.

      90 points - Tasted
  19. 2007 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou ( St. Julien)

    1. Fully mature, medium bodied, with silky tannins, freshness and soft, polished textures, the wine is on the spicy, red fruit side of the style range. Quite nice for the vintage, this is not a wine I would hold for more development. If you're sitting on any, I'd pop a cork to enjoy the fruits before they fade.

      92 points - Tasted
  20. 2006 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou ( St. Julien)

    1. Still young, this is a strict style of Ducru Beaucaillou that is going to take perhaps another decade before the tannins subside. The fruit is ripe, there is concentration, length and intensity, but the tannins are quite firm. This can be seen as a modern version of an old, classic vintage.

      94 points - Tasted
    2. Showing little signs of maturity in the color, the wine has stated to soften and fill out. On the structured side of the style range, there is freshness, energy and length, but there are firm tannins that remain needing to be resolved. This could take a decade or more to get where it needs to be.

      94 points - Tasted
    3. Dark in color, with notes of coffee bean, incense, smoke, licorice, earth and ripe blackberries, the wine is concentrated, masculine and refined. With flavor and power matched with tannins and intensity, give it 5 to 10 years to develop, soften and come together.

      95 points - Tasted
    4. Deep in color, with some purple accents remaining, the wine pops with licorice, truffle, blackberry, boysenberry, cassis, spice, tobacco and smoky aromatics. On the palate, this powerful, tannic, firm and masculine styled Ducru Beaucaillou is not close to being fun to drink, Give it another decade.

      93 points - Tasted
  21. 2005 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou ( St. Julien)

    1. Full bodied, polished, deep and fresh, the wine popped with cigar box, cedar, dark red fruits and tobacco notes in the perfume. Youthful, fresh and vibrant, more development is needed for this to really show its best. Still, with about 60 minutes of air, the wine was already quite nice to drink.

      96 points - Tasted
    2. Full bodied, rich, polished, deep and still holding most of its best stuff for the future, the wine is packed with juicy, sweet, fresh, cassis, tobacco, earth and cigar box notes. Still on the young side, patience is a virtue here. Give it another 7 years or so.

      96 points - Tasted
    3. This is continuing to develop well. The wine is filling out, softening and starting to put out secondary aromatics. Full bodied, polished, rich, fleshy and with a blast of sweet, ripe, juicy Cabernet in every sniff and sip, a few more years will add a lot to this beauty. Else, give it a few hours of air.

      96 points - Tasted
    4. Showing development in the color, the forest floor, camp fire, cigar box, earth, roasted dark red fruit and cassis is something you can spend time with. Sweet, soft, packed with fruit and ripe, silky tannins, drink this now if you prefer young, tannic wines as they are just starting to develop secondary notes. Or age it for years for more complexity and softness.

      96 points - Tasted
    5. What a beauty! The first star under the direction of Bruno Borie blasts off with layer after layer of sweet, ripe, lush, black and dark fruits, polished tannins, earth, truffle, tobacco and a few remaining whiffs of oak. Full bodied, rich and long, this is good now and better later!

      97 points - Tasted
    6. Young, intense, fresh and vibrant, with multiple layers of perfectly, juicy, fresh, dark red fruits and an earthy, tobacco driven complexity that shines though. Another decade in the cellar will probably be needed here, for this to truly shine.

      97 points - Tasted
    7. Still so young, but the fruit has so much polish, finesse and grace, coupled with the silky, refined tannins, you can drink this now. That being said, I am not opening my bottles, but if one is being poured, I am all over it. The rich layers of fruit gushes from the glass. Patient consumers will be rewarded with bottle age, but if you cannot stop yourself from popping a cork, this is a winner.

      96 points - Tasted
    8. Espresso bean, earth, blackberry, cassis, truffle, tobacco and earth aromatics express themselves with ease. This concentrated, tannic, rich, vibrant, fresh, fruit filled wine is pure, lush, Cabernet Sauvignon with a long, mouth filling finish.

      96 points - Tasted
    9. Inky in color, the perfume is packed with coffee, licorice, chocolate mint chip ice cream, blackberry liqueur, truffle, smoke and cassis. Full bodied, rich, tannic, fresh, pure and concentrated, the wine requires time to soften and develop, before it hits its stride. Give it another 5-10 years.

      96 points - Tasted
    10. The wine was closed and not expressive at this stage of its development. With air and intense swirling, complex scents of tobacco, gravel, cassis, blackberry, forest floor, bitter chocolate, floral, spice and black pepper could be found. The wine is tannic, concentrated and full bodied. It demands another decade or more before it begins to display all its charms. This sublime St. Julien wine ends with a long, fresh, boysenberry, cassis, spice and olive tapenade finish.

      96 points - Tasted
    11. Deep in color, the wine required serious coaxing before revealing its layers of cassis, blackberry, chocolate, licorice, blueberry, oak, tobacco and truffle filled perfume. Full bodied, rich, powerful and concentrated with intense levels of ripe, dark fruits, the wine ends with a fresh blackberry liqueur and creme de cassis filled finish. Give thisyoung, tannic wine another decade before opening to experience the potential of this sublime St. Julien, Bordeaux wine.

      95 points - Tasted
  22. 2005 Croix de Beaucaillou ( St. Julien)

    1. Drinking in the sweet spot, with an earthy, truffle character, there is sweet, soft, medium bodied, plum and dark cherry note in the soft, finish. Fully mature, there is no reason to age it any longer, but there is no real hurry to drink it either.

      91 points - Tasted
    2. Tobacco leaf, cherry, cedar and espresso scents, soft, round textures and a fresh, cassis and blackberry finish with a forward leaning personality. You can drink this today, or let it age for several more years.

      91 points - Tasted
    3. Plums, chocolate, black cherry and hints of blueberry with spice make up the perfume. With plush, chewy textures, the wine ends with an intriguing, sweet, blackberry, cocoa and plum finish. This St. Julien is drink great today and should improve for at least another decade.

      91 points - Tasted
  23. 2004 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou ( St. Julien)

    1. Ready to drink, stylish, soft, sweet and inviting, the wine is equally attractive in its earthy, berry and tobacco scented nose as it is in the fresh, spicy, fruit filled finish.

      92 points - Tasted
    2. Developed in its perfume, with tobacco, truffle, wet forest floor, cassis and cedar chest notes, the tannins are soft, with only a hint of dryness in the charming finish. Drink now, or age it for another 2-5 years.

      92 points - Tasted
    3. Soft, approachable and showing a spicy, cassis filled nose. The mouth enjoys the blackberry touches in the finish. This will get better, but, 04 is not a long term ager.

      90 points - Tasted
  24. 2003 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou ( St. Julien)

    1. I like this wine. It has style, character and charm. But it's already advanced for its age, showing a lot of secondary, smoke, tobacco, cedar, cigar, earth and fig notes. The wine tastes mature, but the finish is quite charming, with its sweet, ripe, roasted fruits.

      92 points - Tasted
    2. I loved the nose, with its tobacco, cassis and wet forest aromatics. But on the palate, after experiencing the concentration of fruit and raw material, there was a sensation of dryness on the finish that lets me think this might be at, or even slightly past full maturity. If you have some, my instincts say you might want to be drinking your bottles over the next several years.

      93 points - Tasted
    3. Ready to go, with its soft, round, polished, exotic, ripe, black and red cherry filled personality.

      93 points - Tasted
    4. Tobacco, cigar box, caramel, dark cherry and blackberry notes glide into the already open, soft, silky, red and dark berry finish. This is drinking quite nice now. While there is no hurry to drink it, this is also not a wine I would lay down for another decade or two.

      93 points - Tasted
    5. Smoke, black raspberry, cherries, forest, wet earth aromas open to a soft, medium/full bodied wine with lush textures and roasted red berries. With time, the wine morphed to olive tapenade, fat and density, losing some of its richness with time. The wine is better with only a short decant.

      93 points - Tasted
    6. With an array of spice and mineral scents, complicated by truffle, cassis, blackberry, tobacco and cigar box, this opulent, rich, sensuous, polished wine is delivering a lot pleasure today, and the best is yet to come.

      95 points - Tasted
    7. The debut vintage for Bruno Borie let him put his mark on the next generation of wines at Ducru Beaucaillou from minute one. Polished, plush, sexy and rich, there is a lot going on in the truffle, smoke, black and blue fruit, coffee and dark chocolate scented aromatics. Open, opulent and ostentatious, this is giving a lot of pleasure today, and it should improve with more time.

      95 points - Tasted
    8. Smoke, earth, coffee bean, blackberry liqueur, cassis, pepper, mocha and an intriguing note of flowers make up the exotic perfume. Sensuous, opulent, fleshy and flashy, this is a serious St. Julien wine. 2003 Ducru Beaucaillou, made from a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot marks the first vintage where Bruno Borie began calling the shots. The wine ends with a long, sweet, concentrated, ripe finish filled with deep layers of blackberry, plum and chocolate. This is not mature, but it's offering a lot of pleasure today.

      95 points - Tasted
    9. Lush, opulent and ripe with complicated notes of red fruit adding to the fresh blackberries easily found in the wine. There is a lot to like in this splendid St. Julien! Bruno Borie calls the wine classic Bordeaux adding, "In 2003, they only utilized 50 percent of the crop". You can taste the concentration and purity in this flashy St. Julien.

      94 points - Tasted
  25. 2002 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou ( St. Julien)

    1. Medium/full bodied, tannic, with rusticity sensed in the tannins, as they are not fully ripe. While there is cassis, blackberry, some tobacco and earth, a touch of underripeness is tasted and felt in the finish. Tasters who do not like ripe wines, or who prefer more traditional styled Bordeaux, will like this better than I did. This is the last vintage before Bruno Borie took over the estate. This blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon and 18% Merlot is probably fully mature. There is not much reason to let it age further.

      90 points - Tasted
  26. 2001 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou ( St. Julien)

    1. Coffee, truffle, wet earth, black cherry and spice aromas lead to a soft, round, open, medium bodied, polished style of Ducru Beaucaillou. This is ready for prime time drinking today.

      92 points - Tasted
  27. 2000 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou ( St. Julien)

    1. The perfume delivers tobacco, smoke, forest floor, truffle and red fruit notes. The palate, working in tandem, delivers pretty, fruits that are softly textured, sweet and fresh. There is a polish to the finish. This is drinking well now, and why not, it's looking forward to its 18th birthday soon.

      94 points - Tasted
    2. Developing nicely, the wine serves up soft, silky, dark red, ripe fruits, wet earth, cigar box and cedar characteristics. If you have a bottle, it's a good time to pop a cork and check it out.

      94 points - Tasted
    3. With close to 14 years of age, the tannins have softened and the secondary tobacco, truffle, black cherry, stone and cigar box scents are all over the place. Polished and concentrated, this is only going to get better and better.

      96 points - Tasted
    4. Pungent aromas of truffle, flowers, mocha, cassis, blackberry, earth and cigar box come to the front without much effort. This full bodied, ripe, supple, refined St. Julien is elegant, classy and refined. With ripe tannins, the wine finishes with layers of sweet, juicy, spicy black cherries, cassis and blackberry. It's starting to come around and will be much better with a few more years of bottle age. It should have a long life.

      96 points - Tasted
    5. With scents of blackberry, earth, spice, truffle, cassis, smoke, blueberry and cigar box, this big, beautiful wine seeks and gets your focus. Your palate enjoys waves of pure, sweet, ripe, black cherry and spicy cassis. With round textures and a long, generous finish, this will continue improving for at least another 2-3 decades!

      96 points - Tasted
    6. Orange, floral, spice, black fruit and licorice scents. Big, intense and concentrated, this deep Bordeaux offers a lot of finesse and texture in its long, intense, ripe fruit filled finish.

      95 points - Tasted
  28. 1999 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou ( St. Julien)

    1. Medium bodied, this lighter, finesse style of Ducru Beaucaillou is dominated by spicy, red berries, freshness, tobacco, herbs and earth. Already close to fully mature, drink this over the next decade, as it's not a wine that was produced to make old bones.

      90 points - Tasted
  29. 1998 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou ( St. Julien)

    1. One of the top wines from the Medoc, in this Right Bank vintage offers a lot of character and style. The wine is elegant, soft and shows a lot of polish to the sweet, cassis and plums, that are only made better by the notes of tobacco, cedar and wet earth. The wine was produced from a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot. This is quite good now and should get even better with time.

      93 points - Tasted
  30. 1996 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou ( St. Julien)

    1. With 2 hours of decanting, this was rocking in the house. The sweet cassis, spice, cigar box, earth, tobacco and cherry notes were focused. The tannins are soft and refined and the finish offers a lot of freshness coupled with earthy, tobacco, spicy complexities. Drink this now, or age it for another 5 years, but I think it's quite tasty today.

      94 points - Tasted
    2. This just keeps getting better and better with age. The nose was like a great Cuban cigar dipped in cassis that we were smoking in a wet forest. The tannins have softened, there is freshness to the fruit and the finish feels as good as it tastes. If you've been waiting to pop a cork, stop waiting and open the wine already. This is probably at, or close to peak.

      94 points - Tasted
    3. It’s a text-book example of a mature St. Julien wine that is just entering its plateau of prime time maturity. Think of cigar box, cassis, smoke, tobacco, ripe, sweet, dark red fruits, hints of coffee bean and wet earth, with soft, round textures and a spicy, dark, red fruit finish.

      94 points - Tasted
    4. Tasting this beauty is like smoking a great Cuban cigar while drinking a glass of cassis. Close to fully mature, this character filled charmer is packed with smoky, tobacco, dark red fruits earth and truffle notes. It's definitely entered into its prime time drinking window.

      94 points - Tasted
    5. This keeps heading in the right direction with bottle age. The tannins has softened and the wine is showing a plummy, tobacco, chocoalte and truffle character, with soft, polished tannins. Drink now, or it age a few more years.

      93 points - Tasted
    6. Starting to open and develop secondary characteristics of tobacco, cigar box, spice, earth and forest floor, to accompany the cassis, blackberry and cedar notes, the wine is a bridge between the previous generation of wines made at Ducru Beaucaillou and the current wines being produced at the estate. This is the right time to start drinking the wine. It should age and improve for at least another 15-20 or more years.

      94 points - Tasted
    7. Forest floor, cedar wood, menthol, blackberry, crème de cassis, leather and 5 spice aromas pop within moments of being poured. Full bodied and packed with ripe, dark berries, the wine ends with a long, fresh, ripe, cassis filled finish. Still young, this Ducru Beaucaillou will age well.

      94 points - Tasted
  31. 1995 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou ( St. Julien)

    1. Firm, strict style of wine, the tannic spice is still there. Medium bodied and austere in nature, the aromatics are the best part of wine, but the hardness in the personality took away from its charming nature. If this old school styled, tannic wine is your thing, you'll probably like it more than I did.

      90 points - Tasted
    2. Crisp, crunchy and tannic, with a masculine edge to the texture and tannins, this classic style offers a lot of freshness in the bright fruits, but is not ever going to fully soften. Lovers of more classic styles will like this more than I did.

      89 points - Tasted
    3. Classic in style, with its firm tannic structure, cassis, smoke, tobacco and wet earth character, the wine is firm, fresh and masculine in the finish.

      92 points - Tasted
    4. Black cherry, tobacco, pepper, slate, earth and creme de cassis aromas paired with the full bodied, beefy, masculine, style of tannic wine produced in 1995. While the wine is coming around, it will always have a tannic side to its character. There was a touch of green and some dryness in the chewy, sharp, cassis filled finish.

      92 points - Tasted
    5. An austere, brawny, powerful, hard style of wine with a strong tannic spine that reminds me of a typical 1986 Bordeaux. There is a lot of structure, and depth, but at 16 years of age, the future is not looking good. For those that like this old school, traditional style, they will probably find it more pleasing than I did.

      90 points - Tasted
  32. 1994 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou ( St. Julien)

    1. Lean, firm and bright, some traditional tasters would call this classic. I think it's closer to unripe. The tannins are firm and the fruits are dominated by red berries. I'd drink this sooner than later as it's not going to improve.

      88 points - Tasted
  33. 1990 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou ( St. Julien)

    1. Not corked, but off. The wine at best, combined dull and dumb, with hints of cassis, tobacco and earth. There was not much going on, and what little was there, was not exactly worth seeking out, This wine was produced during a period when there was contamination in their storage houses. I would not buy this wine.

      83 points - Tasted
  34. 1989 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou ( St. Julien)

    1. From recorked bottles, this was a clean machine. I asked Bruno Borie how he found 2 clean bottles out of all the tainted bottles. He explained that during recorking, they destroyed all the tainted bottles, which was a massive percentage of the wines they had in their cellar. They saved just the good bottles. Medium bodied, tobacco, cassis, earth and cigar box driven, this bottle was all about its classic Bordeaux style and charm. This is fully mature. There is no reason to wait to pop a cork.

      91 points - Tasted
    2. Unclean, rustic and with distinctive notes of barnyard, earth, horse, tobacco and wet leaves with cherry. The texture is rustic. The finish is short, which is not a bad thing in this case. This was much more enjoyable in its youth.

      85 points - Tasted
  35. 1988 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou ( St. Julien)

    1. Medium bodied, fully mature, with cassis, cranberry, earth, tobacco, cedar and forest floor notes, there is a hint of rusticity in the tannins and some green notes in the red berry finish that is going to appeal to old school tasters. Successful for the vintage, this is slightly on the classic, austere side of the style range. There is no reason to age this any longer.

      89 points - Tasted
  36. 1986 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou ( St. Julien)

    1. Tannic, classic, stern and tough style of old school Bordeaux is more fun in the nose than on the palate with its austere, slightly dry personality.

      88 points - Tasted
    2. More tannin than fruit. Hard, austere and charmless. Not a wine for pleasure seekers.

      88 points - Tasted
  37. 1985 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou ( St. Julien)

    1. Fully mature in the color, texture and nose, you find forest floor, herbs, cherry pipe tobacco and wet earth aromatics. Medium bodied, soft, silky, elegant and with a bit of dust in the tannins, the wine ends with cocoa powder and cassis. There is no reason to hold this wine any longer.

      91 points - Tasted
    2. Fully developed, this polished, soft, wine is traditional in all the right ways. Tobacco, forest floor, cedar and cherry pipe smoke create the perfume. The finish feels great with its fresh, cherry filled personality. There is no reason not to pull a cork if you have this in your cellar.

      93 points - Tasted
    3. The cassis, tobacco, earthy, spice, truffle driven perfume opens to reveal a fully mature Bordeaux wine. Soft and round in texture, this elegantly styled Ducru ends with a cassis filled finish. Perfume, elegant textures and the patina of age are in abundance in this wine. This is bottle number 11 from an original case. I plan on drinking the remaining bottle in the next few years as the wine will not improve.

      94 points - Tasted
    4. Cedar, cigar ash, leather, cassis, truffle, black raspberry and chocolate mint introduce the wine to your senses. Full bodied and fully mature, this chewy, dark cherry wine finishes with long, clean fresh sensations. This probably will not improve. But well stored bottles should remain at this level for several years.

      94 points - Tasted
    5. Herbs, red & black fruit, oak, mocha and coffee notes made for a nice perfume. This elegant, medium to full bodied wine ended with a nice finish and offered some depth. This should evolve an additional 10-15 years.

      91 points - Tasted
  38. 1983 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou ( St. Julien)

    1. Medium bodied, with cherry, strawberry, earth, cigar box, cedar and forest floor in the nose, the wine is more interesting on the nose than in the palate, with its spicy, bright, red fruit and olive filled finish. This is probably past its prime time drinking window and requires consumption.

      89 points - Tasted
  39. 1982 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou ( St. Julien)

    1. A fabulous, fully mature wine, you find concentration of flavor, intensity in the aromatics and a long, richly textured finish, with silky, round, polished tannins and spicy, tobacco tinged, red fruits.

      95 points - Tasted
    2. Recorked by the chateau, the wine is more interesting on the nose than the palate. There is a lack of density I often find in other bottles. The fruit is fine, but the finish is short. I have had much better bottles. I am not sure the performance of this bottle was due to provenance or because it was recorked.

      92 points - Tasted
    3. What a beauty from start to finish with its cedar chest, tobacco, earth and cassis filled nose. Concentrated, fresh, lively and displaying the patina of age in its texture, the fruit was still vibrant and the tannins were soft and round. This is really showing great today. it could get better. But there is no reason to wait. The bottle was popped and poured.

      97 points - Tasted
    4. This beauty has been remarkably consistent. I do not know if my bottles have been great, or if I've just been lucky, but either way, I'm taking it. The wine is concentrated, full bodied and deep. There is energy in the ripe cassis, fresh berries, smoke, tobacco and earthy truffle character. The finish lingers and builds in flavor, freshness and intensity. This is probably drinking in the sweet spot today. A splash decanting is all you need for this wine to show its best.

      97 points - Tasted
    5. Regardless of how many times I taste this wine, I’m always happy to taste it again. Charming, supple, concentrated and balanced, the fruit is ripe, soft and polished, just like the tannins. There is no reason to wait any longer if you have a bottle.

      95 points - Tasted
    6. I love this wine! Tasted three times this year, each bottle has been stunning. What's not to like? It's sensuous, polished, plush and fresh, with complex aromas, silky, rich textures and a long, pure finish. Drink it now, or age it for more secondary character.

      97 points - Tasted
    7. What a beauty! This wine offers everything that is great about aged Bordeaux. A complex perfume packed with earth, truffle, tobacco, cherries, spice and cassis. Concentration of flavor, soft, textures and a long, fresh, fruit filled finish. Drink this now, or wait a decade.

      96 points - Tasted
    8. Over the past 3-4 years, 1982 Ducru Beaucaillou took a huge step up in quality. It's more interesting, complex and rich. Everything has come together and fallen into place with its tobacco leaf, cigar box, earth, coffee bean, cedar chest and black cherry liqueur filled personality. Powerful, but silky, soft and delicious, drink it now, or age it for 10-20 or more years. This is the best vintage of Ducru Beaucaillou after 1961, all the until the 2005.

      97 points - Tasted
    9. 1982 Ducru Beaucaillou is packed with explosive, spicy aromatics, cedar wood, truffle and wet earth. Intense, rich and powerful, the wine offers soft, round textures and a silky, cassis and spice box finish.

      96 points - Tasted
    10. This looked like a perfect bottle. High fill, spinning capsule and the wine had great, deep color. But with all that, and a nose of smoke, truffle, blackberry, cedar wood, caramel, cassis and earth, this bottle did not open as well as expected. There was a tart character and more of a rustic, masculine quality to the wine that is not typical, for this normally, charming Bordeaux wine. Even with a few hours in the glass, the wine never developed well. I've tasted better bottles.

      93 points - Tasted
    11. Light ruby in color, with tobacco, earth, cedar wood, lead pencil, earth and black cherry scents. Full bodied, soft textured and silky, this bottle is fully mature. The wine ends with a refined, spicy, cherry finish. This bottle was better in texture, but less interesting on the nose than other bottles I've had. That old saying is proven true once again. After 20 years, there is no such thing as great wines. There are only great bottles.

      93 points - Tasted
    12. At close to 30 years of age, this remarkable St. Julien is still young, vibrant and fresh! Tobacco, cedar chest, truffles, cassis, Asian spice and damp forest floor scents exude from the glass. Powerful, full bodied and packed with juicy, ripe, blackberries, the wine fills your mouth with sweet, spicy, ripe, black and red fruits. This is a great Bordeaux drinking experience and it's only going to get better over the 10-20 more years, provided the wine is well stored.

      95 points - Tasted
    13. Dark, purple, ruby with light edges. The nose sports herbs, cassis and earthy truffle scents. The wine is elegant on the palate with a beautiful finish.

      94 points - Tasted
    14. Vanilla, eucalyptus, licorice, and black currants jumped from the glass after 10 minutes. This full bodied wine delivers an elegant finish that coats your mouth with ripe, black fruit. No hurry to drink this as it has a long future ahead.

      93 points - Tasted
  40. 1978 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou ( St. Julien)

    1. Black currants, oak and coffee notes with a short, drying finish. Like most 78's, IMO, this will not improve and has already begun to drop its fruit. Drink up.

      86 points - Tasted
  41. 1976 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou ( St. Julien)

    1. Lots of smoke, truffle and tobacco going on here, but not much fruit. Medium bodied, with a red berry character, this requires drinking.

      87 points - Tasted
  42. 1975 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou ( St. Julien)

    1. Classic old school styled claret, driven by its masculine leaning personality and smoky, tobacco, cigar box and cassis nose, this is fully mature. Fans of the wine 1996 forward might have a problem with its old school style, while older, classic wine tasters will have more fun with the wine.

      87 points - Tasted
    2. Austere, tough and tanninc, the wine is better on the nose with its cedar, truffle, cigar box, tobacco, earth and dark cherry scented nose. There is no hurry to drink this wine, but I am not sure its going to improve.

      87 points - Tasted
  43. 1970 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou ( St. Julien)

    1. A perfect example of a classic styled Bordeaux. As rustic as it is charming, with a great cedar, tobacco, wet earth and red berry nose, with a finish that wants to be elegant, but cant get there, and offers rusticity in the tannins, with some greeness, and yet, a lot of charm.

      90 points - Tasted
    2. Solid example of classic, old school, Saint Julien, with its nose of cedar, tobacco, wet forest floor, spice box and red berries. Rustic, but charming, the medium bodied wine is more on the secondary side of life. No decanting needed here, just pop and pour.

      90 points - Tasted
    3. Smoke, tobacco, spice, forest floor earth, cassis and ash scents are there, but most of the aromas are secondary, not much fruit remains in the nose. Medium bodied and short, this is well past its prime. Drink up as it's only going to get worse.

      85 points - Tasted
  44. 1966 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou ( St. Julien)

    1. Tobacco, cigar box, truffle, forest floor, cassis, leaf and ash aromas, led to a fully mature vintage of Ducru Beaucaillou. Medium bodied, with soft textures coupled with the patina of age, this wine requires drinking sooner than later.

      89 points - Tasted
  45. 1964 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou ( St. Julien)

    1. Better than expected from this deservedly maligned vintage for the Left Bank. The wine is better on its complex, earthy, cigar box, cedar and earthy nose, than on the palate. This requires consumption.

      88 points - Tasted
    2. From a perfectly stored magnum, this medium bodied, tobacco laden charmer was displaying more tobacco, earth, truffle, cigar box and cedar wood than red fruits. That being said, it's still a treat that I will recall tasting for years to come. However, it does need to be consumed sooner than later.

      88 points - Tasted
  46. 1961 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou ( St. Julien)

    1. As the 1961 vintage and I age, sadly, we see less of each other every year. Even sadder, I think the best 61's are aging better than I am... What a beauty, showing the color of ruby tea, the wine is concentrated and intense. Strong notes of Cuban cigar wrapper, tobacco, wet, forest floor, spice, smoke and cherries in the perfume, one the palate, the wine has that sublime patina of age, softening and fattening the wine, allowing the palate a real taste treat.

      96 points - Tasted
    2. Fabulous example of mature claret at its best. All the cedar, tobacco, cigar box, forest floor and cherry you can imagine, accompanied by a full bodied, concentrated wine with depth and complexity.

      96 points - Tasted
    3. Brick in color, with some, tobacco, wild strawberry, cigar box, truffle and decaying leaf notes in the hauntingly, complex set of aromatics. The palate is refined, sensuous and silky, ending with a soft, sweet, ripe and over ripe sensation of spicy red berries that remains on your palate for at least 40 seconds. Bottles with great storage, or in large formats can still age and improve!

      96 points - Tasted
    4. Truffles, tobacco, ripe cherries, earth, spice, cedar and leather notes pop from your glass. The wine is still concentrated with a soft, elegant, complex, palate filling finish. This fully mature Bordeaux is a finesse style of traditional St. Julien, The long cherry, cassis finish remains on your palate for over :40 seconds. The memory of drinking it that night at the Chateau stays for a lifetime!

      97 points - Tasted
    5. With its bricky color gave up notes of wood, coffee, earth, tobacco and cassis. Decent weight, but the finish was almost light.

      90 points - Tasted
  47. 1955 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou ( St. Julien)

    1. 1955 Ducru Beaucaillu is the color of light ruby with tea. In the nose, the wine is filled with rich earthy scents, cassis, tobacco, cedar, mushroom and Asian spices. Elegant, soft, sophisticated and suave on the palate for the first 20/30 minutes, this dark cherry, spice, tobacco and strawberry filled finish lasts close to 30 seconds. After 20/30 minutes the wine quickly lost fruit. But those initial moments were a lot of fun to taste.

      92 points - Tasted
  48. 1953 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou ( St. Julien)

    1. A beautiful example of bottled history. The wine is fully mature, yet still offering a sweet, earthy, blast of cigar box, ash, truffle, tobacco and cherries. Showing that great patina of age that mature Claret lovers cannot get enough of, this charmer really delivers the goods.

      92 points - Tasted
  49. 1949 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou ( St. Julien)

    1. not quite corked, but it was not quite right either. It was definitely off its game, which was too bad, as it was the first time I was going to taste the wine. Very earthy, bretty and focused on the smoke and tobacco side of the style range. The patina of age added to the wine, but the finish short and muted. Keep in mind, this note is about this specific bottle. Bottles in better shape should deliver a much better tasting experience.

      80 points - Tasted
  50. 1947 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou ( St. Julien)

    1. Well past is expiry date, the wine offers more tobacco, earth, herbs and leafy characteristics than one might need. The finish is rustic, with a distinct herbal edge to the remaining cassis and cherry fruit.

      82 points - Tasted
  51. 1918 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou ( St. Julien)

    1. This tea colored wine showed strawberry, rhubarb, butterscotch, earth and VA were in the nose. The light fruit offered a combination of sweet and sour flavors in the short finish.

      80 points - Tasted