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Croix de Beaucaillou

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2018 Croix de Beaucaillou  (St. Julien) 93

The polish to the fruits and tannin is apparent from the get-go. Medium-bodied, elegant, ripe, fresh and extraordinarily juicy, you'll also find elements of espresso bean, ripe plum, blackberry and earth. There is depth of flavor and length. The wine is age-worthy so give it at least a few years before popping a cork and enjoy it over the next 12-15 years. From a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot and reaching 15% alcohol. 92-94 Pts

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2013 Croix de Beaucaillou  (St. Julien) 87

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

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2012 Croix de Beaucaillou  (St. Julien) 88

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.

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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

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2011 Croix de Beaucaillou  (St. Julien) 89

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

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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

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2010 Croix de Beaucaillou  (St. Julien) 91

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.

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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.

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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

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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

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2009 Croix de Beaucaillou  (St. Julien) 92

The Jade Jagger designed bottle still looks great. And what's inside the bottle is even better! Fully mature, pop and pour is all this needs to get the ripe, sweet and crsip red fruits, cedar, tobacco, herb and forest notes. The wine is medium-bodied, soft and polished with a sweet and tart red fruit finish.

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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.

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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.

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2008 Croix de Beaucaillou  (St. Julien) 90

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.

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2005 Croix de Beaucaillou  (St. Julien) 91

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.

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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.

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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.

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