Château Ducru Beaucaillou

Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 1985

1985. Synth laden moment. Depeche mode. Tears for fears. But I digress. Just opened this. It’s quite a structured wine. The nose is a little muddled right now but that’s because I didn’t decant. That said, after 15 minutes of opening in the glass the nose is indeed tannic cherry skin. Musty and such, but that fruit profile is obvs right up front. I would say that the same is true on the front palate. Cherries with immediacy and extremely full fruit. That is what drives my initial rating here. So rich and definitive fruit. Finish not real refined but it’s only been 15 minutes and this wine has just had the wires jacked out of it Matrix style. It doesn’t know itself yet. Will post some notes in a few hours to see if the landscape has changed. Cheers! — 12 days ago

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Le Haut Medoc de Branaire-Ducru

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend 2010

Once part of the Beychevelle estate, this is the 2nd wine of Chateau Branaire Ducru. The grape varieties are typical Bordeaux, with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. A medium bodied wine, with plum, blackberry and cassis. The fruit is very present, with soft tannines. After 10 years in the bottle still young, but soft, and years ahead of it still. Surprisingly good quality for about 17-18 Eur. Formidable! — 2 years ago

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Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

Le Petit Caillou St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 2010

Very profound nose which reminded me of a couple of bottles I had of clos du marquis. I said saint Julien but wasn’t sure. Blackcurrant, coffee, meat, tea... different layers. I was pretty sure at that point that it was a grand cru classé... the palate is not that wide and powerful. I thought then grand cru classé but in a small recent year. 2011 or 2013. The palate was evolving around an acid backbone with fine tannins and a lovely yet discreet fruit. Moderately long finish with fruit, coffee again and a pinch of salt. I finally went for haut marbuzet 2011. I was far away from it! Always trust a first impression. Superb nose, palate a bit under delivering when the nose raises such expectations. Overall lovely and well done. — 4 years ago

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La Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou

Saint Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 2019

The final wine of the evening was the 2019 La Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou. From the Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou their 2nd wine a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot. A Left Bank Bordeaux from Saint-Julien.

On the nose there is black cherry, blackberry, cassis, black currant, chocolate, smokey oak, vanilla, cedar and earth.

On the palate is black cherry, blackberry, spice, black currant, cedar, black pepper, graphite, tobacco and earth.

This is a full bodied wine with medium + acidity and medium + grippy sandpaper tannins moving into a long black fruit graphite earthy finish. Have a great weekend and continued love of wine. Stay safe and healthy. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷
— 25 days ago

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Château Haut-Brion

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend 1988

Dark ruby, almost opaque. Doesn't look that old in the glass. Herbal nose with dark fruit, white pepper, gravel, some dry earthy dust. Shorter finish than what the nose offers. Good effort for the vintage. I guessed 82 Ducru. — a year ago

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David L

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Nice vintage. Cheers!

Bevan Cellars

Tench Vineyard EE Red Blend 2016

Alex Lallos

Holy crap this is a serious bottle of Cabernet. Rich and thick. Very full bodied but almost built like a ripe vintage bordeaux (think 03 cos or 03 ducru)... this is suave silky and seductive. Amazing amounts of extract but seamless in every way... shit this is good when you're craving a big juicy and complex cab. — 4 years ago

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Château Branaire (Duluc-Ducru)

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 2010

Sweet tobacco notes interspersed with woodsy mushrooms, warm rye bread with toasted sesame and grill notes. Cherry and baked currant tart. Silky soft cherry open reveals exquisitely suspended smoke framing black cherry and cedar dusted black currant and dried blackberry with sage and nutmeg.

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— 12 days ago

Severn, Ira and 8 others liked this

Giacomo Fenocchio

Villero Barolo Nebbiolo 2009

Had the 2009 Cannubi at an intimate tasting including a 1982 Ducru Beaucaillou!! Which was nearly perfect by the way. This Barolo while 9 years old was still ruby colored with structure and fresh tart berries. Also elegant and enchanting. Delicate earth, leather, herbs and olive tones. Perfect balance, and likely has at least another 9 years ahead of it. I’ve had the good fortune to have 2 sublime Nebbiolos within a week of each other. Aldo had 3 great highly touted Napa Cabs, but this Barolo eclipsed them with its subtlety and finesse — 4 years ago

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Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

La Croix de Beaucaillou Red Bordeaux Blend 1996

Took a while to open. Sweet, acidic a bit out of balance at first then came together. 1996 — 4 years ago

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Ron R

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@Manny Abascal i think this is the 2nd wine from Ducru, not the 1st, as its currently labeled. Still a wonderful example.
Manny Abascal

Manny Abascal

Good call Ron. I’ve corrected. Thanks!