Along with Leoville Lascases, Ducru-Beaucaillou is arguably the best wine of St Julien, producing wines that can often match the first growths in terms of quality, and doing so with some panache.
Bruno Borie has performed wonders here since 2003. The vineyard area has been roughly halved – only the best plots, those that surround the chateau, are used for the grand vin, with the plots further away from the river making La Croix de Beaucaillou (which again is excellent). Bruno invariably makes one of St Julien’s most stylish wines, yet one with tangible depth and substance.
In 2014 he has, once again, made one of St Julien’s best. It has the substance of something grand, something serious, crafted with some considerable style. This has been one of Bordeaux’s most impressive offerings every year for the past decade.
“Some weight here on the nose. Power. Clean and complete and there is some depth here, a lot going on. Cool lift in the mouth. Meaty. Proper St Julien fruit. Fully ripe and complete. This is right at the top. Excellent. 93-96.” Joss Fowler, FINE+RARE
Director of Fine Wine