Chateau 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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