2011 Ducru Beaucaillou Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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DC 95 JA 94 JG 94 NM 94 TWI 94 VN 94 WE 94 WS 94 JS 93 JL 93 WA 93 JD 92
DC 95

Decanter, June 2021

The 2011 Ducru-Beaucaillou is simply gorgeous with both profound and complex aromas of toast, smoke, dark berries, blackcurrant, spices with a perfectly integrated oaky frame. For the vintage, this is a structured wine...
JA 94

janeanson.com, April 2023

Almost as much tannin as in 2010 in terms of analysis, because this was a dry year, with small berries. Touch of smoked herbs, dry leaf, fennel and liqourice, along with plentiful cassis and bilberry fruit. This still...
JG 94

View From The Cellar, March 2012

The 2011 Ducru-Beaucaillou is one of the best wines on the Left Bank in this vintage, with a sense of completeness and refined balance that is fairly rare in this difficult vintage. The superb nose jumps from the glass in...
NM 94

Neal Martin's Wine Journal, April 2012

The Grand Vin is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot that is being aged in 95% new oak. It has a broody introspective bouquet compared to the 2009 and 2010 as one would expect although it is well defined with...
TWI 94

The Wine Independent, September 2023

The 2011 Ducru-Beaucaillou, 88% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Merlot, is deep garnet in color. It scoots out of the glass with up-front notes of blackcurrant jelly, Morello cherries, and mulberries, followed by hints of wild...
VN 94

Vinous, July 2022

The 2011 Ducru-Beaucaillou was an early-picked vintage, 5-18 September, but has the same analysis as the 2009 and 2010 in terms of IPT. Matured in 90% new oak for 18 months, it has a very well defined bouquet with intense...
WE 94

Wine Enthusiast, May 2014

Despite the huge weight of fruit and accompanying structure, this is a stylish wine. It's impressively dense, concentrated and solid. At the same time, the juicy black fruits give a generous, full-in-the-mouth character...
WS 94

Wine Spectator, March 2014

This is rather well-endowed for the vintage, with thickly layered ganache, currant paste, fig sauce and blackberry confiture notes still grappling with one another, while briary grip and dark spice fill out the...
JS 93

jamessuckling.com, February 2014

This shows excellent aromas of crushed berries, minerals and roses. Full body with silky, balanced tannins. Fruity and reserved. Shows wonderful finesse for the Médoc in 2011. Better after 2018.
JL 93

TheWineCellarInsider.com, September 2023

Cigar box, underbrush, blackberries, flowers, and lead pencil show in the nose. On the palate, the wine is ready to go with its soft, polished, sweet red plum and currant core of fruits. Charming in style, with loads of...
WA 93

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2020

Deep garnet colored, the 2011 Ducru-Beaucaillou features fragrant notes of underbrush, tilled soil, tree bark and fungi over a core of red currant jelly, preserved plums, cassis and mulberries. Medium-bodied, elegant...
JD 92

jebdunnuck.com, October 2023

From a vintage that's drinking nicely today, the 2011 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou has a medium-bodied, foursquare, concentrated, and incredibly satisfying style as well as textured aromatics and flavors. It's balanced, has...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Julien
Vintage 2011
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13%

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.

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.

The 2011 Ducru Beaucaillou is a captivating embodiment of the Bordeaux blend, originating from the renowned St Julien sub-region of Bordeaux, France. This wine is a harmonious composition of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot, a testament to the masterful winemaking prowess of the distinguished producer, Ducru Beaucaillou.

This exquisite vintage is presented in a striking shade of red, and is characterized by its impressive 13.0% alcohol content. The 2011 vintage was a year of particularly low yields for Ducru Beaucaillou owing to extensive green harvesting, which has ultimately augmented the wine's luxurious character.

The nose is greeted with a tantalizing bouquet of black cherry, baking chocolate, and boysenberry, paired with an undercurrent of dried herbs, rosemary, and thyme. The palate is generously filled with lush black fruits, coffee, and chocolate, defined by its richness and velvety tannins.

It beautifully balances its dense, concentrated structure with a juicy black fruit character that lends a generous, full-in-the-mouth experience. The finish is sublime, characterized by a fine minerality and a touch of saline, leaving an intriguing, lingering impression.

Despite the substantial weight of fruit and accompanying structure, it maintains a remarkable elegance and style. The 2011 Ducru Beaucaillou is indeed a very fine wine that is expected to peak from 2022 and beyond. This wine is a testament to the exceptional quality of Bordeaux blends, capturing the quintessence of its terroir and the unrivaled skill of its producer. It represents one of the top wines of the Left Bank and is highly recommended for those seeking a wine with both depth and finesse.