La Croix de Beaucaillou 2011

Bordeaux
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£36.25 per bottle
144 in stock

The selection process under proprietor Bruno Borie is so severe at Ducru Beaucaillou that readers should be giving serious attention to the second wine, Croix de Beaucaillou, which sports a dramatic black and gold label. The 2011 exhibits attractive black currant and black cherry fruit, medium body, silky tannins and a lush, round, up-front appeal. Enjoy it over the next decade.

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The selection process under proprietor Bruno Borie is so severe at Ducru Beaucaillou that readers should be giving serious attention to the second wine, Croix de Beaucaillou, which sports a dramatic black and gold label. The 2011 exhibits attractive black currant and black cherry fruit, medium body, silky tannins and a lush, round, up-front appeal. Enjoy it over the next decade.

Robert Parker on Apr 1st, 2014

Producer

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.

Château Ducru Beaucaillou

Region

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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