2023 Ducru Beaucaillou Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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REVIEWS

JL 98 DC 97 JS 97 JD 97 TWI 97 VN 97 JA 96
JL 98

TheWineCellarInsider.com, April 2024

(JL 96-98 points) Saffron, licorice, turmeric, espresso, black cherries, blackberries, mint, and flowers create the perfume. The palate is vibrant, fresh, elegant, concentrated focused. The fruits are ripe, clean, and...
DC 97

Decanter, April 2024

Lovely vibrant purple colour in the glass. Smells fragrant and lifted, a combination of sweet and ripe and fresh blackcurrant and black cherries on the nose with a touch of dark chocolate. Smooth and so silky, but rich...
JS 97

jamessuckling.com, April 2024

(JS 96-97 points) This has aromas of blackberries and blackcurrant, as well as graphite and flint. Some gunpowder. It’s full-bodied with extremely refined tannins, a creamy character and al-dente fruit at the finish...
JD 97

jebdunnuck.com, May 2024

(JD 95-97 points) As to the Grand Vin, the 2023 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou brings everything up a level, offering a gorgeous perfume of crème de cassis, spring flowers, graphite, and crushed stone. This gives way to a...
TWI 97

The Wine Independent, May 2024

(TWI 97-97+ points) Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2023 Ducru-Beaucaillou opens with classic great Cabernet notes of blackcurrants, mulberries, and ripe plums leading to a perfume of lilacs, lavender, and pencil...
VN 97

Vinous, April 2024

(95-97 points) The 2023 Ducru-Beaucaillou is a heady, sumptuous Saint-Julien. The aromatics alone are captivating. Truffle, rose petal, blood orange, pomegranate, spice and menthol build in a creamy, lavish Ducru. The...
JA 96

janeanson.com, April 2024

Glass-staining violet. A serious Ducru, delivered with precision and balance, with plenty of concentration and a slow, long build, layered, fine and sappy tannins. Proof again that this is a great Cabernet year in this...

WINE DETAILS

Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Julien
Vintage 2023
Size 750ML
Closure Cork

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 2023 Ducru Beaucaillou is a Bordeaux blend from the esteemed St. Julien sub-region of Bordeaux, France. This red wine, produced by Ducru Beaucaillou, is composed predominantly of Cabernet Sauvignon (83-85%) and Merlot (15-17%). The wine has undergone aging in 100% new oak barrels, with reports suggesting a long seasoning process of up to five years and a final aging duration of 18 months.

James Suckling praises the wine's aromatic profile, noting scents of "blackberries and blackcurrant, as well as graphite and flint," adding that it carries a "mineral edge to it, like licking a stone" (jamessuckling.com). Suckling awarded the wine an impressive 97 points, emphasizing its "extremely refined tannins" and "creamy character."

Antonio Galloni of Vinous also gave the 2023 Ducru-Beaucaillou a high score of 97 points, describing it as "a heady, sumptuous Saint-Julien." Galloni highlights the wine's "captivating" aromatics, which include "truffle, rose petal, blood orange, pomegranate, spice, and menthol," and appreciates its "textural opulence" (Vinous).

Jane Anson offers a slightly lower score of 96 points but commends the wine for its "precision and balance," noting its "slow, long build" and "fine and sappy tannins" (janeanson.com). Anson points out that this vintage showcases finesse and nuance, making it a standout year for Cabernet in Bordeaux.

Decanter's review also aligns with the high praise, giving the wine 97 points and describing it as "smooth and so silky, but rich too," with a "crushed velvet texture" and a "juicy cherry, blackcurrant and blueberry" finish (Decanter).

Jeff Leve from The Wine Cellar Insider rates the wine slightly higher at 98 points, highlighting its "vibrant, fresh, elegant, concentrated" palate and its "silky, succulent, finesse-oriented" nature (TheWineCellarInsider.com). Leve notes the importance of precise harvest timing in achieving phenolic ripeness.

Jeb Dunnuck echoes the high ratings with 97 points, noting the wine's "gorgeous perfume of crème de cassis, spring flowers, graphite, and crushed stone," and its "pure, incredibly elegant" character (jebdunnuck.com).

Finally, Lisa Perrotti-Brown from The Wine Independent also awards the wine 97 points, describing it as "deep garnet-purple in color," with a "firm backbone of grainy tannins and wonderful tension" (The Wine Independent).

In summary, the 2023 Ducru Beaucaillou is a highly acclaimed wine, praised for its elegance, complexity, and balance. It is expected to age well, with reviewers noting its potential longevity of up to 50 years.