Ducru Beaucaillou

Background

This highly regarded St. Julien is one of Bordeaux's true aristocrats with a history of wine making heading back to the mid-fourteenth century. Given a deuxiemes cru classification in 1855, the château is rightly held in similar regard to the neighbouring Leoville estates.

The vineyards at Ducru run almost down to the Gironde, lying between those of Beychevelle to the north and Latour, in the commune of Pauillac, to the south. All told there are 215 hectares, although not all are under vine. The vines are 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, with an average vine age of 40 years. The second wine of the estate is La Croix de Beaucaillou.

Standards seem to improve year on year but, in recent vintages, the 2000 and 2003 are particularly worthy of attention.

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Vintages

Colour Vintage Wine Size Status Cs Btls Price Per Score
Red 1976 Ducru Beaucaillou btls DP 1 0 £1,480 cs 87 (NM)
Red 1981 Ducru Beaucaillou jero DP 0 1 £1,080 jero 88
Red 1985 Ducru Beaucaillou btls IB 1 0 £1,800 cs 92
Red 1995 Ducru Beaucaillou btls IB 1 0 £1,825 cs 94 (RP)
Red 1999 Ducru Beaucaillou btls DP 0 6 £110 btls 91
Red 2000 Ducru Beaucaillou btls IB 1 0 £1,920 cs 97 (NM)
Red 2003 Ducru Beaucaillou btls IB 1 0 £1,420 cs 94 (RP)
Red 2004 Ducru Beaucaillou btls DP 0 6 £104 btls 93 (RP)
Red 2004 Ducru Beaucaillou btls IB 2 0 £1,250 cs 93 (RP)
Red 2005 Ducru Beaucaillou btls IB 1 0 £1,800 cs 97 (RP)
Red 2006 Ducru Beaucaillou btls IB 1 0 £1,245 cs 95 (JS)
Red 2007 Ducru Beaucaillou btls IB 1 0 £1,150 cs 92 (NM)
Red 2008 Ducru Beaucaillou btls IB 1 0 £1,190 cs 95+ (RP)
Red 2009 Ducru Beaucaillou btls IB 1 0 £2,414 cs 100 (RP)
Red 2009 Ducru Beaucaillou btls IB 3 0 £2,300 cs 100 (RP)
Red 2010 Ducru Beaucaillou btls IB 1 0 £1,750 cs 100 (JS)
Red 2011 Ducru Beaucaillou btls IB 1 0 £1,050 cs 94 (WS)
Red 2011 Ducru Beaucaillou mags IB 2 0 £1,080 cs 94 (WS)
Red 2012 Ducru Beaucaillou btls IB 1 0 £1,060 cs 92-94 (NM)
Red 2013 Ducru Beaucaillou btls IB 1 0 £970 cs 93 (NM)
Red 2014 Ducru Beaucaillou btls IB 1 0 £1,075 cs 99 (JS)
Red 2014 Ducru Beaucaillou btls DP 1 0 £1,100 cs 99 (JS)
Red 2014 Ducru Beaucaillou mags IB 1 0 £1,200 cs 99 (JS)
Red 2015 Ducru Beaucaillou btls IB 1 0 £1,390 cs 98 (AG)
Red 2016 Ducru Beaucaillou btls IB 1 0 £1,600 cs 98 (AG)
Red 2017 Ducru Beaucaillou btls IB 1 6 £1,488 cs 97-98 (JS)
Red 2017 Ducru Beaucaillou dmags IB 7 1 £1,605 cs 97-98 (JS)
Red 2017 Ducru Beaucaillou imp IB 0 2 £1,035 imp 97-98 (JS)
Red NV Ducru Beaucaillou Mixed Case CASE 4 IB 1.0000 0 £500 cs N/A

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