Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

Croix de Beaucaillou Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend

9.026 ratings
9.15 pro ratings
St. Julien, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
Red Bordeaux Blend
Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, White Rice, Mushrooms, Pasta, Pork, Salami & Prosciutto, Pungent Cheese, Lamb, Tomato-Based, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Beef, Hard Cheese, Venison
Top Notes For
Ken Z
9.1

Drank 2/13/19. Excellent pairing with a ribeye(what Bordeaux isn't?!).

A departure from my general buying habits, this is the second wine of Ducru-Beacalliou. I generally prefer the first wines of lesser chateau, and this, though very good, is no exception.

Nice, fairly powerful nose of blackberry, graphite, and soil. Flavors are perhaps a touch lean, but come alive when paired with the steak. Black fruits, soil, and some black licorice are backed by medium + well integrated tannins. Nice balance. Long finish.

Very nice, but for the price I would buy the Monbousquet from the same vintage all day.

4/21/8/4/4 +50 = 91 pts.

Drank 2/13/19. Excellent pairing with a ribeye(what Bordeaux isn't?!).

A departure from my general buying habits, this is the second wine of Ducru-Beacalliou. I generally prefer the first wines of lesser chateau, and this, though very good, is no exception.

Nice, fairly powerful nose of blackberry, graphite, and soil. Flavors are perhaps a touch lean, but come alive when paired with the steak. Black fruits, soil, and some black licorice are backed by medium + well integrated tannins. Nice balance. Long finish.

Very nice, but for the price I would buy the Monbousquet from the same vintage all day.

4/21/8/4/4 +50 = 91 pts.

Feb 13th, 2019
Chris MacLean

This is in a really nice place. Cedar, dark fruit, earth and very good length.

This is in a really nice place. Cedar, dark fruit, earth and very good length.

Jun 3rd, 2018
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.0

It's still very fresh. Ripe, blackberries, black cherries, black raspberries and juicy strawberries. Black tea, rich moist dark earth, stem inclusion, limestone/clay, soft leather, soft wood use, high acid and long juicy fruit finish. Nice wine for the money. Drinks well now with an hour decant or drink over the next 8-10 years.

It's still very fresh. Ripe, blackberries, black cherries, black raspberries and juicy strawberries. Black tea, rich moist dark earth, stem inclusion, limestone/clay, soft leather, soft wood use, high acid and long juicy fruit finish. Nice wine for the money. Drinks well now with an hour decant or drink over the next 8-10 years.

1 person found it helpfulNov 21st, 2016
Blake Walker

Ducru second label. Cedar, pencil shavings on nose. Medium bodied. Blackberry, black cherry. 13% ABV.

Ducru second label. Cedar, pencil shavings on nose. Medium bodied. Blackberry, black cherry. 13% ABV.

Apr 30th, 2020
Adam Usdan

Spice and fruit - dry and medium body. Very good

Spice and fruit - dry and medium body. Very good

Jul 23rd, 2019
Vanessa D

Cassis and blackberries, tobacco, molasses, leather, smoked meat, with subtle vegetal notes. Long, elegant finish.

Cassis and blackberries, tobacco, molasses, leather, smoked meat, with subtle vegetal notes. Long, elegant finish.

Apr 16th, 2019
Chris Plance

Overrated

Overrated

Jan 19th, 2018
Murphy Perng

Tar & roses

Tar & roses

Jan 21st, 2017
Sean Herriott

Sexy, sexy,sexy Oak Aromas! Plums,berries, and herbs follow through. Needed only about 45 minutes to open up, but it is singing now. Sandwiched between 2010 and the upcoming 2015s, the 12s have been berry berry good to me!

Sexy, sexy,sexy Oak Aromas! Plums,berries, and herbs follow through. Needed only about 45 minutes to open up, but it is singing now. Sandwiched between 2010 and the upcoming 2015s, the 12s have been berry berry good to me!

Jan 21st, 2017
Yury Glazkov

Superb! Nicely drinkable even though 2012 yet. Also, said to be inexpensive. Very delicate and full Bordeaux!

Superb! Nicely drinkable even though 2012 yet. Also, said to be inexpensive. Very delicate and full Bordeaux!

Jan 28th, 2016