The 2005 Ducru Beaucaillou is a 10,000-case blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Merlot (they used to produce 18,000-20,000 cases). It is an exceptionally powerful wine with a dense purple color, superb intensity, and a beautiful, sweet nose of spring flowers, raspberries, blueberries, graphite, and creme de cassis. Full-bodied with fabulous concentration, exceptionally high tannin, good acidity, and massive layers of richness that build incrementally on the palate, this monumental effort is more structured than their outstanding 2003. It may be the finest wine produced at this estate since the 1982 and 1961 Ducrus. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2050.
Aromas of blackberry, currant and toasty oak, with a hint of spice, lead to a full-bodied palate, with plenty of blackberry, chocolate and Indian spices. Balanced, refined and very pretty, with a velvety texture and a long, beautifully textured finish. Best after 2013. 10,000 cases made.
Château Ducru-Beaucaillou traces its roots back to the beginning of the 13th century, making it one of the oldest in Saint Julien. The stone-laden vineyard of Ducru Beaucaillou is planted with 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot, and the average vine age is 38 years old. They produce two Bordelais wines, the Ducru-Beaucaillou and its little brother, La Croix de Beaucailliou. The accolades are always high (2009 vintage received 100 points from Robert Parker), but what is truly important here is value. In 2006 when the wine was deemed ‘best St. Julien of the year’, proprietor Bruno Borie dropped the price almost 17% making it fly off the rack faster than before (if that was even possible). Perhaps put best by Stephen Browett of Farr Vintners ‘By being cheaper, and with equal or better scores, Ducru has rather trumped Cos this year.’ Commended across the board, vintage to vintage, Ducru-Beaucaillou embodies pedigree, caliber, and value and is the poster child of excellence and over-delivery in St. Julien. Vintages to look out for: 1982, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2003, 2005.
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