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Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou St-Julien 2016 En Primeur

Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou St-Julien 2016 En Primeur

by Château Ducru Beaucaillou 2016

Producer : Château Ducru Beaucaillou

Region : Bordeaux (France), France (France)

Bottle Per Case : 6 x 750 ml

Food Pairing : Breads, Cured Meat, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables

Tasting Notes

"Offers a scintillating display of roasted apple wood, incense and warm ganache before the core of cassis, plum preserves and raspberry reduction starts to step forward. The finish, loaded with grip but remarkably polished, pulls everything together. A huge, undeniable wine, overt in style."

97-100 points - Wine Spectator, April 2017

"Very focused and reserved with a mineral, blackberry, licorice and blackcurrant character. Full and refined. Walking a tightrope between steely tannins and and dark fruit. This is highly intellectual and unique. Great finish. Remake of the extraordinary 2014? Stronger than the 2015, for sure."

97-98 points - James Suckling, April 2017

"The 2016 Ducru Beaucaillou is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot cropped at 36 hectoliters per hectare between 24 September and 14 October and matured in 100% new oak barrels (for a total of 18 months). The alcohol level comes in at 13.63% with a pH of 3.71. The bouquet is very closed at first, and so I aerated the Grand Vin by transferring from one glass to another. It gradually unfurls to reveal scents of blackberry, bilberry, cedar and a touch of pencil lead. The palate is medium-bodied with a firm backbone cloaked in layers of black fruit. The new oak is probably more present here than some of its peers, but there is more than sufficient substance to absorb that. The mineralité surfaces right towards the persistent finish, completing what is a Ducru Beaucaillou built for the long term."

96-98 points - Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, April 2017

Specs

Bottles Per Case 6 Pack
Point Score 98
Bottle Size 750 ml
Producer Château Ducru Beaucaillou
Region Bordeaux (France), France (France)
Alcohol 13.5% alc./vol.
Style Warm and spicy reds
Vintage 2016
Farming Method Sustainable
Grapes Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Food Pairing Breads, Cured Meat, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables
Descriptors Earthy, Floral, Fruity, Mineral
Wine Type Red
Wood Presence Oaked
Body Medium
Price of Case $1, 794.00

The Producer

Château Ducru Beaucaillou

The history of Château Ducru-Beaucaillou is closely linked with that of the five families who have owned it and lived in it since it was built in 1720. One of the 61 red ‘grands crus’ classified as a second cru in the famous Bordeaux Wine Classification of 1855, it has been in the Borie family for over 60 years. Today, while many Bordeaux chateaux are owned by remote conglomerates or absent landowners, the borie family lives on the estate on a daily basis and continues to put its imprint on his highly reputed estate, with the assistance of loyal and enthusiastic team.

Château Ducru-Beaucaillou boasts some of the most precious terroir in all of St.-Julien: Located less than a kilometre from Bordeaux’s climate-moderating Gironde estuary, the estate heavy with beaux cailloux ('beautiful pebbles') “can challenge Léoville Las Cases and the Médoc First Growths in quality each year.” Those are the words of no less an authority than Robert M. Parker, Jr.

Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, whose origins lie in the early 18th century, owes its name to the ‘beautiful stones’ that characterize its terroir and whose exceptional wine-making assets translate into the finesse and elegance of its wines. It is because of its terroir that Ducru-Beaucaillou is often considered the epitome of the Saint-Julien AOC label. It is one of the 14 second crus from the 1855 classification, which includes 61 of the 75 best Bordeaux wines and one of the rare wines in the « super seconds » category. Château Ducru-Beaucaillou and its vines are perched on a magnificent site in the Médoc, offering incomparable views over the Gironde estuary which, almost 4 miles wide at this point, creates its own micro-climate. It is one of the only castles in Bordeaux to be built directly of the cellars, and one of the only ones still inhabited by its owners.

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