2018 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou La Croix de Beaucaillou
The wines of La Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou come from the vineyard of Château Ducru-Beaucaillou. This exceptional terroir of the Médoc is located between the river Gironde to the east, the center and the west of the Saint-Julien appellation. The estate takes its name from its "beautiful pebbles" ("beaux cailloux", in French) which, due to their high quartz content, provide soils that are poor in plant nutrients.
It is precisely this "agrological" scarcity, as the late professor and geographer from Bordeaux, René Pijassou, described it, that makes them so suitable for the production of good wine. To the east, the plots are planted along the rolling Médoc ridges, just above the estuary, while those in the epicenter benefit from a microclimate fed by the small stream of La Mouline that meanders through the center of the appellation from west to east before it disappears in the Gironde.
The La Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou is a fine wine that perfectly expresses its exceptional terroir. This is not a second wine as such, as it comes from a dedicated part of the vineyard, located on the south bank of La Mouline. La Croix de Beaucaillou 2018 is a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot, aged for 12 months in 60% new barriques. It has a pH of 3.75, 15% alcohol. Deep garnet purple colored it is in the glass and in the nose it still needs to open a little but with time and oxygen this great St Julien opens very elegantly with subtle notes of fertile loam, tobacco, truffles with a core of crème de cassis, blackberry compote and blueberries with hints of undergrowth and bay leaves. Full, rich and seductive on the palate, with firm, round tannins and enough freshness to give the dense fruit a long finish. Powerful, silky, very aromatic, La Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou seduces with its bouquet, its balance, its remarkable finesse and its long finish. A great cuvée that excites and then excites the senses; it's the perfect introduction to the Borie signature.
The Borie family has now owned this stately château for three generations, overlooking the Gironde. Since he took over the château in 2003, Bruno Borie has had only one goal: to make Ducru-Beaucaillou one of the best wines in the Médoc. The vineyards are planted with cabernet sauvignon (70%) and merlot (30%). As the name of the château implies, Château Ducru-Beaucaillou is blessed with a grand pebble-rich terroir that produces perfect cabernet sauvignon. Château Ducru-Beaucaillou takes its name from its "beautiful pebbles" ("beaux Cailloux", in French) which geologists less romantically refer to as Gunzian gravel. These quartz pebbles were deposited by the ancient Garonne at the beginning of the early Quaternary, some two million years ago. It is enough to take a walk through the vineyards to find rich lithological finds. Lydian jasper from the Pyrenees, flint, quartz, agatoids ... This Gunzian gravel creates soils poor in plant nutrients. But it is precisely their agricultural scarcity that guarantees the qualitative excellence of the wines. A choice from nature.
At Ducru-Beaucaillou, excellence is formed inch by inch thanks to an understanding of what the vines have to offer. Experience, intuition, asking questions, for a symbiosis with Mother Earth; people only pass through these noble terroirs. Since nature is a "subject of law", every procedure in the vineyard respects the entire ecosystem: herbicides have been abandoned in favor of mechanical weeds and judicious turf; replacing chemical fertilizers with manure and quality compost; insecticides with pheromones to control vine moths or kaolin clay to lure the green locust. Measures to facilitate aeration and sun exposure of the bunches, to avoid Botrytis and, if applicable, bacilli. Constant monitoring of available nitrogen before harvest. Reasonable viticulture, which earned the property ISO 14001 certification in 2016, supplemented with HVE3 certification (high environmental value level 3) since 2017.
|Type of Wine||Red|
|Grape||Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot|
|Drinking as of||2022|
|James Suckling rating||95|
|Tasting Profiles||Complex, Dark fruit, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Mineral, Tannines|
|Drink moments||Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Open haard|