Just released, 2021 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou is offered at £954 per six bottles in bond, a shade lower than the release price for the 2020.
Visiting Ducru-Beaucaillou to taste en primeur has for some years been an eccentric highlight of the trip. Bruno Borie's extrovert persona is writ large in the chateau's cellars, which have the feel of a louche nightclub, decorated with brightly coloured modern art.
However, this year, as a welcome change, our tasting took place in a calming, stately drawing-room, entirely in keeping with the 2021 Ducru-Beaucaillou. Restrained and beautifully balanced at just 12.5% alcohol, this is a welcome change, with a penetrating depth which wins plenty of praise from the critics, who score it potentially as high as 98 points. Jeb Dunnuck ponders that it may be the wine of the vintage and Galloni describes it as "aristocratic", with the noble lines coming from the exceptionally high proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon (98%).
This is yet another of those 2021s which does not have the blockbuster impact of recent vintages and (for us) is all the more likeable for it, reaching a new level of elegance.
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