98+ Points - Robert Parker
With loads of minerality, a terrific opaque purple color, and slightly more structure and tannin than either Poyferre or St.-Pierre (and that’s saying something), this is a blockbuster, fabulous Ducru Beaucaillou that should be at its best a good decade from now and last 40-50 years. The proprietor is not alone in thinking this is the finest Ducru Beaucaillou since the 1961. The classic wet rock, creme de cassis, subtle oak and gravelly stoniness of the vineyard come through in this spectacular, full-bodied, gorgeously pure and intense effort. This is wine for the ages.
Zalto Denk-Art Bordeaux Glass
Zalto Bordeaux glass is recommended for weightier style reds, probably our most widely used glass when tasting in house, this glass is great for many different wines. The large bowl helping aerate and soften tannins whilst accentuating the wines depth and concentration. The Bordeaux glass is the ideal choice for Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Zinfandel, Bordeaux or Rhone style blends and many other red wines. Surprisingly, it is also the glass of choice for oaked Chardonnay as well, the shape of the bowl accentuating the balance of ripe fruits and oak.
Situated in the Saint-Julien appellation of Bordeaux, Château Ducru-Beaucaillou is one of the fifteen Deuxièmes Crus (Second Growths), also known as the ‘Super Seconds’. The name ‘Beaucaillou’ comes from the French ‘beautiful stone’ referring to the terroir of the region and the multi-coloured stones that can be seen throughout the vineyard. ‘Ducru’ comes from Bernard Ducru who bought the château in 1795. In 1941 Francois Borie purchased the château and his family have run the estate since, with Bruno Borie managing it today. The Borie Family also own château Grand-Puy-Lacoste and Haut-Batailley. Château Ducru-Beaucaillou faced difficulty in the 1980s with an infestation TCA (Cork Taint) which caused damage to several vintages between 1988 and 1990. The château produces two wines, their primary wine Château Ducru-Beaucaillou and since 1995, La Croix de Beaucaillou. Bruno Borie states that the wine has always retained its key qualities: elegance, freshness and charm.
Bordeaux is not only the most famous wine producing region in France but in the world, with the most prestigious châteaux and wines in the industry. Its history dates back to the Roman times and today is the largest producing region of fine wines. Vineyards in Bordeaux are known by châteaux and therefore the name of each individual château is an important brand.
Many top wines are sold ‘En Primeur’ meaning that they are sold in the barrel prior to bottling. Almost 90% of the wine produced in Bordeaux is red (called ‘Claret’ in the UK) from over 8,500 producers. The main reason for the success of the wine production in Bordeaux is the perfect combination of climate, with long hours of sunshine ideal for ripening the grapes and well-draining gravel soil. Appellations are an important part of the Bordeaux culture and the region has 54 appellations recognized by the AOC, the Appellation d’Origine Controlle.
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