2020 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou Le Petit Ducru
From 2018 there is a beautiful third wine from Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou coming from the vineyards of Château Ducru-Beaucaillou. This new wine comes from the grapes of the vineyards owned by the Bruno Borie family in Saint Julien. He is a worthy replacement for Château Lalande Borie, which is no longer on the market and for which Le Petit Ducru is replacing.
The intention is that it is a first approximation of the qualities of the two larger wines "La Croix de Beaucaillou" and "Château Ducru Beaucaillou". There is a family connection, a kind of similarity between these three nectars. They have one thing in common: a rigorous technique, a drastic selection and a demanding vinification. This wine is aged for 12 months in 1/3 new oak barrels. It shines with its fine structure, its complexity within a nice balance and has a lot of elegance in the fruit.
In the glass, the Petit Ducru has a beautiful dark ruby red color. in the nose a lot of fresh red fruit, herbs and some cedar wood and leather. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, wonderfully juicy and with good structure. It is a very nice example of how this Petitg Ducru Saint Julien combines a certain power with a lot of fruit, elegance and finesse. Decanting and giving air in his younger years is our advice (93-4/100 Suckling).
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.
|Available as of||Mar 31, 2022|
|Type of Wine||Red|
|Grape||Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot|
|Drinking as of||2023|
|James Suckling rating||94|
|Tasting Profiles||Complex, Dark fruit, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Mineral, Tannines|
|Drink moments||Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Open haard|