Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

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Château Ducru-Beaucaillou is right at the top of the Saint-Julien appellation ladder, and it is known as a 'Super Second' – a left bank second growth Bordeaux producing wines equal or superior to the illustrious first growths. 

Ducru-Beaucaillou is named after the beautiful stones (beau cailloux) found in its unique wine-growing soils. Ducru-Beaucaillou was once part of Château Beychevelle in the 17th century, the land being parcelled off and acquired by Jean-Baptiste Braneyre in 1680. The estate was once actually called 'Maucaillou' (lit. bad pebbles), but its name was changed to give it a more positive slant.

The late Jean-Eugène Borie, one of Bordeaux's real gentlemen, rescued what was a château in trouble back in 1961 and the estate, which commands sweeping panoramic views over the Gironde, rose to stardom in the latter part of last century, with a succession of scintillating vintages.

Today, Ducru-Beaucaillou's 75 hectares of vines are managed by his son, the affable and welcoming Bruno-Eugene Borie.

Château Ducru-Beaucaillou is the estate's first wine, La Croix de Beaucaillou the second wine.

Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

chateau ducru-beaucaillou

Château Ducru-Beaucaillou is right at the top of the Saint-Julien appellation ladder, and it is known as a 'Super Second' – a left bank second growth Bordeaux producing wines equal or superior to the illustrious first growths. 

Ducru-Beaucaillou is named after the beautiful stones (beau cailloux) found in its unique wine-growing soils. Ducru-Beaucaillou was once part of Château Beychevelle in the 17th century, the land being parcelled off and acquired by Jean-Baptiste Braneyre in 1680. The estate was once actually called 'Maucaillou' (lit. bad pebbles), but its name was changed to give it a more positive slant.

The late Jean-Eugène Borie, one of Bordeaux's real gentlemen, rescued what was a château in trouble back in 1961 and the estate, which commands sweeping panoramic views over the Gironde, rose to stardom in the latter part of last century, with a succession of scintillating vintages.

Today, Ducru-Beaucaillou's 75 hectares of vines are managed by his son, the affable and welcoming Bruno-Eugene Borie.

Château Ducru-Beaucaillou is the estate's first wine, La Croix de Beaucaillou the second wine.

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  1. Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, 2011

    Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, 2011

    Saint-Julien, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2017-2040
    Reviewer Rating: 94 - Wine Spectator

    “This rich, medium to full-bodied St.-Julien is among the most concentrated wines of the Medoc. Moderate tannin is sweet and well-integrated..." Robert Parker

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  2. Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, 2010

    Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, 2010

    Saint-Julien, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2025-2050
    Reviewer Rating: 98 - Robert Parker

    “...this is a blockbuster, fabulous Ducru Beaucaillou that should be at its best a good decade from now and last 40-50 years...classic wet rock, creme de cassis, subtle oak and gravelly stoniness of the vineyard come through in this spectacular, full-bodied, gorgeously pure and intense effort." Robert Parker

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  3. Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, 1996

    Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, 1996

    Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2017-2035
    Reviewer Rating: 96 - eRobertParker.com

    “Another great showing from one of the estate’s finest wines of the 1990s. It just builds and builds in the mouth to a very refined finish that can only leave a smile on your face. Delectable.” eRobertParker.com 

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  4. Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, 2009

    Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, 2009

    Saint-Julien, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2020-2070
    Reviewer Rating: 100 - Robert Parker

    “Full-bodied and intense with Ducru’s inimitable elegance and purity...Magnificent! Bruno Borie has done a remarkable job at Ducru Beaucaillou." Robert Parker

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