2012 Ducru Beaucaillou Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
  • JS 95
  • WE 95
  • JG 95
  • NM 94
  • AG 94
  • WS 93
  • WA 92

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In Stock: 8 btls
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JS 95
jamessuckling.com, February 2015
Mesmerizing aromas of blackberries, licorice and mint. Wet stones too. Full-bodied and tight with super-refined and polished tannins that are pinpointed and elegant. It caresses your palate. Savory and salty on finish... Mesmerizing aromas of blackberries, licorice and mint. Wet stones too. Full-bodied and tight with super-refined and polished tannins that are pinpointed and elegant. It caresses your palate. Savory and salty on finish. Electric for the vintage. Better in 2018.
WE 95
Wine Enthusiast, May 2015
This is a wine with big tannins and big fruit. You can feel the wood rather than taste it, certainly smell it initially before the black currant aromas kick in. Impressive and sumptuous, it has a solid density that layers... This is a wine with big tannins and big fruit. You can feel the wood rather than taste it, certainly smell it initially before the black currant aromas kick in. Impressive and sumptuous, it has a solid density that layers with the smoky character of the fruit and wood. Rich and complex, it needs to age. Drink from 2025.
JG 95
View From The Cellar, March 2013
Along with Palmer and Pichon-Lalande, the 2012 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou is one of the very top three wines to be found in the Left Bank and superior to any of the First Growths in this vintage. Due to all the... Along with Palmer and Pichon-Lalande, the 2012 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou is one of the very top three wines to be found in the Left Bank and superior to any of the First Growths in this vintage. Due to all the difficulties during the flowering, the 2012 yields at Ducru are the smallest (along with 2011) in the last twenty-five years at the property and came in just under thirty hectoliters per hectare. The merlot was collected here between the 3rd and 5th of October and the cabernet sauvignon between the 6th and the 10th, so the harvesting teams here did not come up against the pressure of the heavy rains that began on the 17th of the month and continued for the remainder of the autumn. Bruno Borie noted that, “as the cabernet sauvignon was really exceptional this year, we chose to include more of it in the grand vin than we normally would do” and the cépages of the 2012 Ducru-Beaucaillou is ninety-one percent cabernet sauvignon and nine percent merlot in 2012. This utterly classic wine comes in at an even thirteen percent alcohol and will be raised in ninety-five percent new wood for its first eighteen months of elevage and then racked into one wine barrels for the remaining twelve months of barrel aging prior to bottling. The deep and absolutely stunning nose offers up a superb blend of dark berries, cassis, tobacco leaf, complex, gravelly soil tones, espresso, cigar smoke and a nice base of cedary, spicy new wood. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and complex, with a rock solid core of fruit, ripe, beautifully-integrated tannins, excellent focus and balance and a very long, pure and vibrant finish. This is a great, great wine in the making! (Drink between 2025-2065)
NM 94
Neal Martin's Wine Journal, May 2013
(NM92-94 points) The Grand Vin is a blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Merlot, delivering 13% alcohol and a pH of 3.68 (IPT of 70.) The Merlot was picked between 3rd and 5th October and the Cabernet Sauvignon between... (NM92-94 points) The Grand Vin is a blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Merlot, delivering 13% alcohol and a pH of 3.68 (IPT of 70.) The Merlot was picked between 3rd and 5th October and the Cabernet Sauvignon between 6th and 10th October. It is being aged in 95% new oak for 18 months. It has a very pure bouquet with small black cherries, blackcurrant with a pleasing mineral component and fine delineation. The palate is well balanced with fine tannins. It is not a powerful Ducru but there is good degree of finesse and freshness thanks to the earlier picked grapes, plus there is a pleasant spice/black pepper note right on the finish. This is one of the finest Saint Julien wines.
AG 94
Antonio Galloni's Vinous, January 2016
94+ A big wine for the year, the 2012 Ducru-Beaucaillou possesses striking depth and intensity from start to finish. Sweet tobacco, cedar, smoke and savory herb overtones add intrigue to this deep, fleshy Saint-Julien... 94+ A big wine for the year, the 2012 Ducru-Beaucaillou possesses striking depth and intensity from start to finish. Sweet tobacco, cedar, smoke and savory herb overtones add intrigue to this deep, fleshy Saint-Julien. I imagine the 2012 will age for several decades based on its fruit density. Whether the tannins ever become noble is another question. Still, it is impossible not to admire the wine's pure depth.
WS 93
Wine Spectator, January 2015
This has an almost lavish feel, with layers of warmed fig, blackberry paste and raspberry coulis lined with ganache, anise and fruitcake flavors. Best from 2018 through 2027. — J.M.
WA 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2016
Tasted blind at the Bordeaux 2012 Southwold tasting. The 2012 Ducru Beaucaillou was broody and stubborn on the nose: the fruit remaining off-stage while earthy, leathery notes take the limelight. The palate is... Tasted blind at the Bordeaux 2012 Southwold tasting. The 2012 Ducru Beaucaillou was broody and stubborn on the nose: the fruit remaining off-stage while earthy, leathery notes take the limelight. The palate is medium-bodied with quite a tart entry, a keen line of acidity here that lends this energy, a sense of frisson. It settles down as it approaches the finish, gaining harmony all the time with a smooth, lightly spiced finish that lingers in the mouth. It needs time but it will repay you. Tasted January 2016. - Neal Martin
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Julien
Vintage 2012

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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.

Winery

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.