2020 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou Grand Cru Classé St Julien

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Type of Wine Red
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Appellation Saint-Julien
Winery Château Ducru-Beaucaillou
Vintage 2020
Grape Cabernet Franc Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Petit Verdot
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (14%)
Drink window 2029 - 2062
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The Château Ducru-Beaucaillou 2010 is a very nice St Julien with a refined minerality, a great opaque purple color. This is a blockbuster and fabulous Ducru Beaucaillou which is best bottle aged for another 8 years and is very nice to drink from 2020 to 2060+. The 2020 Ducru-Beaucaillou is a blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Merlot, aged for about 18 months in 100% new barrels. Colored opaque purple-black, the nose slowly unfolds to reveal pungent scents of crushed black currants, wild blueberries and boysenberries and with some waltzes in the glass we smell chocolate mint, star anise, roses and unsmoked cigars with a hint of cedar wood. The medium-bodied palate delivers impressive, muscular black fruit with a firm frame of ripe, fine-grained tannins and seamless freshness, with a long and fragrant finish.

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The Historic Label

In celebration of its tercentenary, Château Ducru-Beaucaillou has reinvented its historic label. At once elegant and sophisticated, decisively modern and audaciously disruptive, the new design nevertheless maintains continuity with the estate's history and centuries-old values, striking a magnificent balance between the classic and the contemporary in an expression of joy and liberty.

Capturing the brilliance, perspectives, and energy of the 2020 vintage, the design is the result of a holistic approach to the aesthetics of the bottle and the wine within. A true aficionado of contemporary art, Bruno-Eugène Borie explains his affinities:

“It was our conviction that the creation of this ephemeral label designed expressly for Château Ducru-Beaucaillou's three hundredth vintage had to be seen as an event in and of itself. It was necessarily inspired by a kind of poetic rebirth of Ducru-Beaucaillou's legendary label, which had remained unchanged since its creation by the Johnstons in 1870. This new design recalls major art movements and techniques of the twentieth century: abstract art, collage, destruc - tured forms, and new realism.”

The playful yet deliberate design is reminiscent of lacerated works of art, and the triple collage of the Victorian tower from the château's southern façade incarnates the estate's three centuries of existence and the three generations of the Borie family to helm Château Ducru-Beaucaillou. Like a series of triptychs or ripple effects, they lend resonance to the dazzling illuminations of those inspired beings who have from one era to the next sublimated this most exceptional wine as they sought out myriad expressions of the spirit and celebrations of the ineffable.

Pure and modern, the tricentenary logotype appears in enameled orange characters on the bottle's shoulder, just above the label. The upper part of the neck is sealed with wax embossed with the estate's seal in its signature orange hue, a color that evokes Orient, Asia and the Palladian art forms that the Johnstons held dear. It is a design in which the present and the past come together in the pursuit of excellence, a feast for the eyes that is a fitting prelude to the delights of the precious nectar within.

Vineyard for 2020 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou Grand Cru Classé St Julien

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.

More Information
Type of Wine Red
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Appellation Saint-Julien
Winery Château Ducru-Beaucaillou
Grape Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot
Biological certified No
Natural wine No
Vegan No
Vintage 2020
Drinking as of 2029
Drinking till 2062
Alcohol % 14
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Parker rating 97
James Suckling rating 97
Tasting Profiles Complex, Dark fruit, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Mineral, Tannines
Drink moments Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Open haard
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