A really top vintage from Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou, huge with a rich, concentrated and complex bouquet of aroma, slick tannin and perfect balance!
This Bordeaux rouge is crafted from 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot.
Beaucaillou literally means, 'beautiful stones' describing the large round stones which litter the vineyards of the wine estate. In 1795 the estate was sold to Bertrand Ducru, who gave the estate its modern name, and invested heavily in the chateau and vineyard, giving residents and guests an entertaining view of the maritime traffic on the Gironde and seeing the estate classified as a Second Growth in 1855.
It has since passed through multiple others and into the hands of the Borie familiy in 1941 who still live and operate the wine business from the Chateau.
The estate of Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou has 75 hectares under vine which are planted to 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot. Each plot is vinified separately before blending. Depending on the strength of the vintage, the wine is then aged in 50% to 80% new French oak barrels for 18 months.
85% cabernet sauvignon, 15% merlot. Very deep colour. The nose is again inky and perfumed, lots of cassis and dark chocolate. Refined and elegant, cedar, you can sense the new oak, great freshness, lots of wood spice. The yields are quite low at 36/37 hl/ha, lots of tannin on the finish, 100% new oak. The component parts fit together so well, this is an exuberant wine, balance is extraordinary. This is being proclaimed by the Chateau as a truly great vintage, the pinnacle of a very good trio. Is it as good as the 2010? Only time will tell.
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.
85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 100% new oak. Yields were the lowest in the commune: just 37 hl/ha because of poor flowering, esca pruning and selection. Still, 7,500 cases made!
Very dark. Racy and sinewy with lots of richness and energy. Smooth and supple and quite sweet – arguably too sweet? – but with masses of tannins buried down there. Blackberry compote mixed with health juice.
One of the highlights of the vintage, the 2016 Ducru-Beaucaillou is simply magnificent. Vertical structure and intensity in all of its dimensions make a strong opening statement. Dark blue and black fruit, spice, new leather and smoke run through this superb, spectacularly rich, voluptuous Saint-Julien. The tannins are present, but they are nearly buried by the sheer intensity of the fruit. Nothing really stands out. In the end, the 2016 is a wine of spectacular balance and pure class. The natural richness comes through in the gravitas and profoundness of the finish. Even with all of its intensity, the 2016 comes in at just 13.5% alcohol. Tasted two times.
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.
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