2016 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.


Super perfumed, attractive violets with a thread of fresh blueberries, cassis, blackberries and dark plums, delivering a very enticing impression. Beautiful ripeness here. The tannins are perfectly ripe and layers meld into each other, carrying deep, graceful and plush, velvety dark fruit long into the vibrant and seductive, chocolate-laced finish. Great potential. Try from 2024.

99 points, James Suckling (Feb 2019)

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Ducru-Beaucaillou features a wonderfully savory, earthy/meaty nose, delivering well-defined notes of tapenade, truffles, charcuterie and sautéed herbs over crème de cassis, wild blueberries and kirsch with wafts of pencil lead and menthol. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is built like a brick house with the taut, muscular fruit well framed by very firm yet very ripe and finely grained tannins, offering a quiet intensity of red fruit and mineral sparks and finishing with epic length.

98 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Issue # Interim - Nov 2018)

The 2016 Ducru-Beaucaillou is an arrestingly beautiful wine. Powerful and sensual in the glass, the 2016 exudes remarkable concentration from start to finish. Red cherry fruit, pomegranate, blood orange, menthol and sweet tobacco all race across the palate. Vivid, sumptuous and impeccable in its balance, Ducru is one of the wines of the vintage in 2016. It has been unforgettable on both occasions I have tasted it from bottle so far.

98 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Jan 2019)

Offers exotic, cashmere-textured, mocha-infused blackberry, cassis and plum puree flavors, with smoldering incense and warm fruitcake notes and a swath of plush yet serious grip too boot, showing ample depth and breath. As distinctive a Bordeaux as there is these days. Best from 2025 through 2040. 7,500 cases made.

97 points, James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (Mar 2019)

Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%