"...exquisitely ripe tannins and electric freshness, finishing long and incredibly layered. WOW! 97-100 points." Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
Saint-Julien heavyweight Ducru-Beaucaillou has released a potentially perfect wine, with 97-100 points from Lisa Perotti-Brown MW. At £720 IB per six, this is 16.7% down on the release price in 2018. A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot, the excepionally fine and intense black fruit character which we are seeing across the left bank in 2019 is particularly noticeable here.
Entertainingly, Neal Martin finds it "Pauillac-like", whilst Jane Anson notes the terroir as "slap-bang in St-Julien" (who are we to criticise other people's tasting notes...!). What we think they and all the critics are drawing attention to is the wonderfully pure and intense expression of Cabernet in this vintage...already a feature of Ducru in any year. Many merchants are selling out, we had a healthy allocation about an hour ago but are now down to our last few cases, so please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to order.
Ducru's second wine, La Croix de Beaucaillou, is not that far behind the grand vin according to Neal Martin, with 94-96 points and described by him as a "Deuxième Vin full of breeding". Like a number of second wines of late, this challenges concepts of value (in a good way!), offered at just £338 per dozen.
Offered En Primeur, landing Spring 2022.