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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|RED||2020||Château Ducru Beaucaillou||75cl||£960 per case of 6||Château Ducru Beaucaillou
2020 / / 75cl
£960 per case of 6
Tasting Notes"The 2020 Ducru-Beaucaillou is a blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Merlot, aging for approximately 18 months in 100% new barriques. It has a pH of 3.83, 13.5% alcohol and an IPT (total polyphenol index) of 90. Opaque purple-black colored, the nose slowly unfurls to reveal tantalizing scents of crushed blackcurrants, wild blueberries and boysenberries, leading to suggestions of chocolate mint, star anise, red roses and unsmoked cigars with a waft of cedar chest. The medium-bodied palate delivers impactful, muscular black fruits with a firm frame of ripe, fine-grained tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long and fragrant. Drink 2027-2052. 95-97 points" Lisa Perotti-Brown, RobertParker.com------"An amazing Ducru, one of the wines of the vintage. Hugely persistent, chiselled and precise, yet succulent in its berry and cassis fruit character. The slate and pencil lead finish slows things down and grabs hold of you, I love the push-and-pull of the tannins. Always a confident and well-finessed wine, really flexing its muscles in 2020. 100% new oak barrels. 3.83pH. Drinking Window 2029 - 2045. 98 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine------"A blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Merlot, brought up in new oak, the 2020 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou offers a gorgeously pure nose of crème de cassis, graphite, crushed stone, toasty oak, and lead pencil shavings. Full-bodied, concentrated, and structured, it reminds me of a hypothetical mix of the 2010 and 2016, offering serious concentration paired with a gorgeous sense of precision and purity. It's going to take a decade of cellaring to hit the early stages of maturity (it will have some up-front appeal if you're interested) yet evolve for 50 years or more. Along with the Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, it might be the wine of the vintage from the Médoc. 97-99 points" Jeb Dunnock, RobertParker.com------"Really perfumed and complex with blackberries, blackcurrants and flowers. Gorgeous cabernet sauvignon character. Full-bodied with really fine, polished tannins. Superb length and intensity. Very compact and seamless. Ethereal. Just goes on and on. 98-99 points" jamessuckling.com