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2020 La Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou En Primeur

Sporting a new (slightly clearer) name and a refreshed label, La Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou is described by Jane Anson as "a standout success" (95 points).  Like yesterday's release Alter Ego de Palmer, La Croix is establishing itself as one of the more serious second wines, with drinking dates extending well over 20 years.

Bordeaux En Primeur, landing in spring 2023

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La Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou, St.-Julien

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La Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou, St.-Julien

La Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou is the 'deuxième vin' ofChâteau Ducru-Beaucaillou, a Deuxième Grands Cru Classé inSt.-Julien.

One of the oldest estates in the Medoc, Ducru-Beaucaillou 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 was recently re-named, previously it was known as La Croix de Beaucaillou. 


RED 2020 La Croix de Beaucaillou - La Croix de Ducru Beaucaillou 75cl £358 per case of 12 La Croix de Beaucaillou
2020 / / 75cl
£358 per case of 12
Tasting Notes"The 2020 La Croix de Beaucaillou is composed of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. It has 13.75% alcohol and a pH of 3.78 with an IPT of 91. It is set to age for 12 months in French oak barrels, 60% new. Deep garnet-purple in color, it leaps from the glass with vibrant scents of crushed redcurrants, black raspberries and fresh black berries, plus hints of bay leaves, lavender and damp soil. The medium-bodied palate is full of energetic red and black berry layers with a grainy texture and just enough freshness, finishing with an herbal lift. 89-91 points" Lisa Perotti-Brown,"The second wine of the estate is the 2020 La Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou, composed of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot brought up in 60% new French oak. It's a much more concentrated, structured wine offering classic cassis and blackberry fruits intermixed with notes of scorched earth, tobacco, graphite, and chocolate. Playing in the medium to full-bodied end of the spectrum, it has a great mid-palate as well as the vintage's rich, deep, powerful style. It's going to have some up-front appeal given its balance as well as the quality of the tannins, but this is a serious wine for reserving 2-4 years in the cellar, and it should easily have 15-20 years of prime drinking. 92-95 points""This is really serious. It’s full-bodied, tight and linear with fantastic length. Racy, so fine and intense. Very fine tannins. One of the best Croix Ducru. 53% cabernet sauvignon, 44% merlot, and 3% petit verdot. 94-95 points""So much purity and definition, this is a beautiful wine with clarity of flavour. Touches of grilled almond and rosemary, mocha, smoke and coffee bean, there is so much freshness, with juice rushing in between the muscles and a mint leaf finish. 3.78pH, 60% new oak. Yields were 25-30hl/ha. In a year where second wines in the Médoc have sometimes suffered from over-concentration, La Croix de Beaucaillou is a standout success. Drinking Window 2026 - 2042. 95 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine

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