2008 Ducru Beaucaillou Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 1.5L

  • WA 95
  • WE 94
  • NM 93
  • WS 92
  • IWC 92

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WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, May 2011
One of the stars of the vintage and a remarkable achievement in 2008 with impressive richness this dense purple colored wine is almost as opaque as the 2010. Spring flowers crushed rocks creme de cassis and some subtle... One of the stars of the vintage and a remarkable achievement in 2008 with impressive richness this dense purple colored wine is almost as opaque as the 2010. Spring flowers crushed rocks creme de cassis and some subtle oak are followed by a full-bodied concentrated wine that transcends the vintage character in its power richness and aging potential. It also exhibits tremendous precision purity and depth of character. It is more forward than the 2010 is likely to be but probably not as sumptuous as the 2009 will turn out to be. This is a wine to buy. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2035. 95+
WE 94
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, April 2011
Chocolate coffee and sweet plum notes give this wine great richness. It has wood that needs time to integrate although the main character is beautiful velvet-textured ripe fruit and plenty of sweet tannins. R.V.
NM 93
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, February 2012
Tasted ex-château and single blind in Southwold. Two bottles were tasted of the Château Ducru Beaucaillou 2008. The first had an attractive almost Margaux-like bouquet with very well integrated new oak and the second... Tasted ex-château and single blind in Southwold. Two bottles were tasted of the Château Ducru Beaucaillou 2008. The first had an attractive almost Margaux-like bouquet with very well integrated new oak and the second exhibiting a more red-fruit aromatic profile. The palate is rich and opulent with copious cedar-infused dark berry fruit very focused and refined albeit embellished with a finish ever-so slightly overdone at least at this early juncture. I found myself offering parsimonious score but with the pedigree of the estate I think this will age with style. For now I would head for the La Croix de Beaucaillou to see what the Grand Vin decides to do. Tasted January 2012. 93+
WS 92
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, April 2011
This is dark and brooding with a tarry wall holding the black currant melted licorice and espresso notes at bay for now. Extra roasted sage cedar and briar push in on the finish which shows an old-school hint. Rock-solid... This is dark and brooding with a tarry wall holding the black currant melted licorice and espresso notes at bay for now. Extra roasted sage cedar and briar push in on the finish which shows an old-school hint. Rock-solid. Best from 2013 through 2021. -JM
IWC 92
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, August 2011
Ruby-red. Pungent vibrant aromas of cassis bitter chocolate and graphite. Silky and seamless but with terrific lift to the tight core of raspberry mineral and chocolate flavors. Strong but integrated acidity gives... Ruby-red. Pungent vibrant aromas of cassis bitter chocolate and graphite. Silky and seamless but with terrific lift to the tight core of raspberry mineral and chocolate flavors. Strong but integrated acidity gives superb vinosity to the wine's racy fruit. Finishes brisk perfumed and long with suave dusty tannins. This wine went into a shell with aeration suggesting that it will need at least several years of bottle aging. I would not be surprised if it merited an even higher score ten years down the road. 92(+?)
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Julien
Vintage 2008

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Ducru-Beaucaillou is a fine, elegant, and delicious wine with a long finish - in short, an archetypal Saint-Julien. The grapes are hand-picked, and the sorting process takes place on mobile tables in the vineyard to keep the healthy grapes separate from substandard ones. Fermentation is by traditional techniques and only the best fruit is used to produce the wine.

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Ducru Beaucaillou

Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou is named after the beautiful large stones that characterize its unique Saint-Julien terroir. Unusual for Bordeaux, it is one of the only castles to be built directly above the barrel cellars and one of the few estates producing a ‘Grand Cru Classe’ still inhabited by its owners. The Borie family has owned this estate and has lived here for over sixty years, in the sumptuous aromas of their wine.

Rated a second growth in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification, Ducru sits on an exceptional site with incomparable views over the Gironde estuary. Its 75-hectare vineyard is planted 70% to Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% to Merlot with an average vine age of 35 years.

Today, the estate is managed by the company Jean Eugene Borie SA, which is owned by Mrs. Borie, her daughter Sabine Coiffe and her son Bruno-Eugene.