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2020 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou En Primeur

Château Ducru-Beaucaillou celebrates its 300th anniversary with a special label for the 2020 (radically eschewing the black and gold colour scheme of its peers).  They have released a little film of the harvest being carried out in 18th century garb.  It feels like a cross between the Petit Trianon and Poldark, so we have spared you it. 

The wine itself does not need any fancy dress, scoring a potential 99 points from Suckling and Jeb Dunnuck, the latter commenting "Along with the Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, it might be the wine of the vintage from the Médoc. Jane Anson concurs, calling it "An amazing Ducru, one of the wines of the vintage."  Demand will be high, so please don't delay if you would like to order...


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Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien Grand Cru Classé

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Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien Grand Cru Classé

Château Ducru-Beaucaillou is a Deuxième Grands Cru Classé in St.-Julien.

One of the oldest estates in the Medoc, it dates back to the 13th century.  The second half of the name derives from the terroir, which is covered with large stones, 'beau-caillou', literally 'beautiful stones'.  Bertrand Ducru purchased the estate in 1795, adding his own name.  The property changed hands several times over the decades and was purchased in the 1940s by the Borie family (who also own Grand Puy Lacoste).

Bruno Borie took over in 2003 and has elevated the quality to the current high level, making this one of the 'super second' estates.  His personality is everywhere at the estate, including the distinctive pop art he installed in the cellars (tasting here feels a little incongruous, like visiting a rather louche nightclub).

The 75 hectares of vines are planted to 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot, averaging 35 years of age, at a density of10,000 vines per hectare. 

The second wine is La Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou (recently re-named, previously known as La Croix de Beaucaillou).  Lalande-Borie, a separate estate, ceased to exist from the 2018 vintage and has become in effect a third wine, Le Petit Ducru de Ducru-Beaucaillou.  Borie has managed production down from an average of 20,000 cases per annum in the 1980s to around half that today, just one aspect of his pursuit of quality.


RED 2020 1 case Château Ducru Beaucaillou 75cl £1,750 per case of 12 Château Ducru Beaucaillou
2020 / 1 case / 75cl
£1,750 per case of 12

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