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2005 Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou (750ml)

Cabernet Sauvignon from Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, France

B-21 Top Recommendation
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Under the leadership of Bruno Borie, Ducru Beaucalliou has been firmly ensconced as a "Super Second" in the Bordeaux hierarchy. With no 1st or 5th Growths, the commume of St. Julien holds five of all fourteen 2nd Growths in Bordeaux. The other four would be Gruaud-Larose and the Leoville trio; Leoville las Cases, Leoville-Barton and Leoville Poyferre. Bruno has severely reduced the production of Ducru's Grand Vin in half, while increasing the volume of the second wine La Croix de Beaucalliou. Ducru has become the flamboyant and polished wine of St. Julien's Super Seconds, and is certainly built for the long term.


The 2005 Ducru Beaucaillou is a 10,000-case blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Merlot (they used to produce 18,000-20,000 cases). It is an exceptionally powerful wine with a dense purple color, superb intensity, and a beautiful, sweet nose of spring flowers, raspberries, blueberries, graphite, and creme de cassis. Full-bodied with fabulous concentration, exceptionally high tannin, good acidity, and massive layers of richness that build incrementally on the palate, this monumental effort is more structured than their outstanding 2003. It may be the finest wine produced at this estate since the 1982 and 1961 Ducrus. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2050.

97 points, Robert M. Parker, Jr., Wine Advocate (Issue # 176 - Apr 2008)

This offers dreamy aromas of singed mesquite and warm fruitcake that meld into a lush swath of mulled currant, fig and boysenberry fruit flavors. Black tea and incense notes skitter throughout, with a mouthwatering iron edge buried deeply.—Blind '01/'03/'05 Bordeaux retrospective (December 2017). Best from 2020 through 2040. 10,000 cases made.

96 points, James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (2018)

A nice, complex wine with notes of flowers, berries and leather in the nose. Full-bodied, with pure fruit that turns from light raspberry to cherry jam. This is balanced and silky, a beautiful harmony. Give this some time if you can.

95 points, James Suckling (Apr 2012)

Alcohol By Volume: 13.0%
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