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 1995 Ducru Beaucaillou btls IB 4 0 £1,750 cs 95 (WS)
Red 1995 Ducru Beaucaillou btls DP 0 1 £146 btls 95 (WS)
Red 1996 Ducru Beaucaillou btls IB 7 0 £2,000 cs 96 (RP)
Red 2000 Ducru Beaucaillou btls IB 2 0 £1,875 cs 97 (NM)
Red 2003 Ducru Beaucaillou btls IB 1 0 £1,460 cs 94 (RP)
Red 2004 Ducru Beaucaillou btls IB 1 0 £1,251 cs 93 (RP)
Red 2005 Ducru Beaucaillou btls IB 4 0 £1,700 cs 97 (RP)
Red 2006 Ducru Beaucaillou btls IB 1 0 £1,200 cs 95 (JS)
Red 2007 Ducru Beaucaillou btls IB 1 0 £1,100 cs 92 (NM)
Red 2008 Ducru Beaucaillou btls IB 1 0 £1,155 cs 95+ (RP)
Red 2009 Ducru Beaucaillou btls IB 4 0 £2,075 cs 100 (RP)
Red 2010 Ducru Beaucaillou btls IB 1 0 £1,660 cs 100 (JS/JD)
Red 2011 Ducru Beaucaillou btls IB 1 0 £1,060 cs 94 (WS)
Red 2012 Ducru Beaucaillou btls IB 1 0 £1,075 cs 92-94 (NM)
Red 2013 Ducru Beaucaillou btls IB 1 0 £1,010 cs 93 (NM)
Red 2014 Ducru Beaucaillou btls IB 1 0 £1,015 cs 99 (JS)
Red 2014 Ducru Beaucaillou mags IB 1 0 £1,200 cs 99 (JS)
Red 2015 Ducru Beaucaillou btls IB 5 0 £1,320 cs 98 (AG)
Red 2016 Ducru Beaucaillou btls IB 5 0 £1,520 cs 99 (JS)
Red 2017 Ducru Beaucaillou btls IB 1 6 £1,488 cs 98 (JS/JD)
Red 2017 Ducru Beaucaillou dmags IB 7 1 £1,605 cs 98 (JS/JD)
Red 2017 Ducru Beaucaillou imp IB 0 2 £1,035 imp 98 (JS/JD)
Red 2018 Ducru Beaucaillou btls IB 2 0 £1,728 cs 97-100 (JD)

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